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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
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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.

Teaching a "Learning Centered" Classroom

This week the Best Western in Canton hosts the 10th annual Constructivist Conference. It sounds like a gathering of philosophers. But it's really educators from all over New York State practicing what they call "learning-centered" teaching skills. In learning-centered classrooms, the focus is on doing things, discussing things, not reading and lecturing about them.
David Sommerstein reported from last year's conference, which was held at St. Lawrence University.  Go to full article
Horizons participants learn robotics design, programming, strategy and logic. Here they build competing Lego robots.

Science Camp for Girls

Only 12 percent of the nation's jobs in science, engineering and technology are held by women. Clarkson University wants to help change that statistic with its Horizon program, a two-week summer camp that brings middle school girls and science together. Jody Tosti found out kids in the program are not only learning about science but also about teamwork.  Go to full article
Chief Jake Swamp looks on while his grandson, Frank, hammers a log to loosen strips for basketmaking.

Spreading a Legacy of Harmony

This week the Tree of Peace Learning Center in Rossie in western St. Lawrence County hosts an annual workshop series called the Sacred Circle. It brings together people to teach and learn about a variety of native issues, from how the Iroquois document history to native burial mounds in Ohio.

The Tree of Peace Society was founded two decades ago by Mohawk Chief Jake Swamp. Its mission is to recover and pass on Mohawk and other tribal culture and philosophy. David Sommerstein went to the learning center in Rossie to talk with Chief Swamp.  Go to full article

Educators Protest Court Decision on State's Responsiblity for Teaching Kids

Advocates for more education funding held demonstrations around New York yesterday to call attention to the recent court decision that limits the state's responsibility for...  Go to full article

Middle School Test Scores: Good News, Bad News

The latest 4th and 8th grade test scores from the state Education Department show that learning in New York's middle schools continues to be a problem. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NY School Aid Funding Ruled Constitutional

Governor Pataki and the state legislature do not have to restructure the state school aid formula now that an appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling and declared...  Go to full article

Appeals Court Says School-Aid Plan Doing a Good Job

A mid-level appeals court overturned a state Supreme Court judge's ruling that declared the state's school aid distribution formula unconstitutional. The appeals court ruled...  Go to full article

Ausable Valley Voters Approve 17 Million Dollar Budget

Voters in the Ausable Valley school district narrowly approved a seventeen million dollar budget on Thursday. The spending plan will mean an eleven percent property tax...  Go to full article

Ausable Valley School District Budget Up For Vote: 11 Percent Tax Increase

Voters in the Ausable Valley School District go to the polls today to vote on a new school budget. In May voters defeated a spending plan that would have meant a twenty-two...  Go to full article
Members of the band "Perserverance", from Norwood-Norfolk High School.

Rockin' at the Green

High school musicians usually get a chance to perform for an audience at school jazz band or orchestra concerts. But aside from parties and the occasional high school dance,...  Go to full article

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