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Earlier this week the most emailed story from the New York Times asked “Why do Americans stink at math?” It’s a worthwhile article, if long. But, in general terms, it’s true: America’s math skills need work. Numbers...
I am the type of person who will: ask if you want a sip of my drink even when there is one straw; comfortably disclose my state of well-being, or ill-being, to anyone at any given time; and generally be solid during social interaction with strangers...
SUNY Potsdam is slated to receive $3 million in capital funding to improve and expand rehearsal spaces in its renowned Crane School of Music, according to a press release from Griffo’s office. Last year, the National Association of Schools of...
If you’ve ever been in desperate need of a job, you’ve probably been a victim of Career Induced Nausea (C.I.N.). This is a term I have coined regarding the phenomenon that occurs after you have been asked, “Where are you interning...
Cursive writing has come up in previous discussions. I confessed to deteriorating penmanship and wondered if cursive will survive modern trends in education.  Brian Mann weighed in over at the In Box, saying  (paraphrasing here)...


Education
Jul 28, 2014 — A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
Jul 21, 2014 — The Florida Republican, with one eye on the White House, tells NPR's Morning Edition that there's a role for government to play in opening access to higher education and job training.
Jun 24, 2014 — Education Secretary Arne Duncan announces new measures for ensuring that students with disabilities are making progress.
Jun 16, 2014 — President Obama is promoting new initiatives to improve education for Native American students. Ahniwake Rose, executive director of the National Indian Education Association, has the details.
Jun 10, 2014 — A judge ruled Tuesday that California's laws deprive students of their constitutional right to an education.

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Drinking and Safety on College Campuses: A rash of alcohol-related fatalaties among students at North Country colleges has re-ignited debate about the role of alcohol in campus social life. Brian Mann talks to students, educators, and law enforcement officials in this series.
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No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893
By historian Betsy Kepes. Based on the 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher. A Women's History Month special. Teacher's guide and CD available.
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Inside the Amish schools
They use textbooks that are thirty, sometimes a hundred years old. And their methods are very different. Karen Johnson-Weiner, an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam, has been visiting Amish schools; she talks with Gregory Warner .
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Literacy and Illiteracy in the North Country
In this special series, North Country Public Radio examines what literacy is, how it’s achieved, why it isn’t, and the impact illiteracy has on our region and people.
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Alcohol on Campus
This award-winning series of four pieces examines alcohol abuse among college students: what students say about how and why they drink, how colleges in our region respond, and the latest research and theories on alcohol abuse and prevention.
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Breaking the Language Barrier

Exchange students and their American hosts have been breaking down the barriers of language and culture for decades. Erin Shatraw is honors English student in the 11th grade at Canton High School. She found those barriers come down person to person, in unexpected ways.  Go to full article
Scene from Micheaux's "Within Our Gates"

Choosing Films for LP Festival, an Art in Itself

The Lake Placid Film Festival has unveiled a schedule of more than sixty features and documentaries, including twelve world premieres. The cornerstone event will be the appearance of acclaimed director Martin Scorcese. There will also be plenty of independent and foreign films. The Festival's program director, Alan Hofmanis, says the unique line-up reflects a kind of personal intuition. Hofmanis spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Budget Talks at a Standstill in Albany

The New York State budget is weeks late. Talks at the State Capitol have come to a standstill, as Governor Pataki and state legislators grapple with their biggest challenge in years. A court has ordered them to completely revamp the state's school aid system by the end of July. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Dr. John Mills. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

Mills Takes Reins at Paul Smith's College

Paul Smith's College has a new president. Dr. John Mills, the school's provost and head of academic affairs, says he'll focus on expanding 4-year programs and building...  Go to full article

School Districts Brace for Budget Votes

The New York State budget is now nearly a month late, with no agreement likely in the near future. The states' school districts are once again facing the prospect of having...  Go to full article

SLU Students Help Out in Family Court

College students are helping bring kids and their parents together through a program with St. Lawrence University and St. Lawrence County Family Court. Parents granted the...  Go to full article

Campaign for Fiscal Equity Issues Final Report

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity, the group that successfully sued to improve the state's schools, has issued a final report on how to carry out the high court's orders. ...  Go to full article

SLU Grapples With Hate Speech & Threats

Hate speech and hate crimes are on the rise on college campuses across the country. St. Lawrence University is coping with several recent cases of violence, threats of...  Go to full article

SLU Students on Hate Speech, Assault

David Sommerstein talked with St. Lawrence University students outside the student center to learn how they see discriminatory harassment issues on campus.  Go to full article

Critics Question Need for More Gambling Outlets

Governor Pataki has proposed putting more gambling parlors in New York to fund education. The first gambling "racino" in Saratoga Springs, is a financial success so far, but...  Go to full article

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