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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.
Jul 14, 2014 — In a dispute between the University of Texas president and Gov. Rick Perry, the governor may have lost the battle — but he may yet win the higher education reform war.
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.

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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.

Keene Students Learn Piles About Composting

A trip to the compost pile. At Keene Central School, table scraps are part of the educational experience. Beth Schmidt reports.  Go to full article

Dr Rona Flippo: How Kids Learn to Read

David Sommerstein talks to the woman who wrote the book on what experts say about teaching kids to read. Dr. Rona Flippo will be the keynote speaker at a SUNY Potsdam conference next week.  Go to full article

True Accounts of Living With Alcohol

True accounts of living with alcohol collected and read by Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD, from Massena High School. Martha Foley reports.

The Massena Central School students reading in this story are shown above: (l. to r.) Robbie Witkop, Brandon Johnson, Nick Toth, Meagan Carey, and Kristin Murphy. They stand in front of the "Wall of Support," a collaborative project among art teacher Chad Simpson's sculpture students and SADD participants.  Go to full article

Health Education Center Works to Bring Doctors and Nurses to Region

Martha Foley talks with Richard Merchant, new director of the Northern Area Health Education Center, about the North Country's doctor and nurse shortage and the...  Go to full article

Senator Schumer Backs Tuition Deduction in Tax Bill

Senator Schumer says the tax bill in the Senate contains a new college tuition tax deduction to help New York families pay for college. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

A Tiny College In A Big Wilderness: A Profile of the Wanakena Ranger School

This time of year, thousands of college students in the north country are graduating and preparing to move on. Most have had unique experiences, but few can match the year...  Go to full article

North Country Schools Compete for Scarce Teachers

Across New York school districts are confronting an acute shortage of qualified teachers. Earlier this week, both New York Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton called...  Go to full article

New York Fourth-Grader Test Scores Released

The New York Education Department releases the latest standardized test scores from fourth graders. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

State Aid is Missing Piece of School Funding Pie

As voters in nearly 700 school districts around the state went to the polls to vote on school budgets yesterday, they were lacking one key piece of information—how much...  Go to full article

Maelstrom Percussion Wraps Up North Visit

A profile of the Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble, the Buffalo-based group is working with students in the Plattsburgh area, and wrapping up their visit with a concert at the...  Go to full article

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