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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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Indian Lake Central School Photoblog
Indian Lake Central School, a small k-12 school in the heart of the Adirondacks, documents the 2008-2009 school year in daily photos.
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Audio Series
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.

Adirondack ARC, Helping Families Cope with Developmental Disability, Pt. 1

Life can be pretty tough for families dealing with developmental disabilities, like Down syndrome or autism. In rural areas, where services and support are often hard to find, the hurdles can seem insurmountable. In this first of a two-part series, Brian Mann profiles a non-profit group that's trying to help. Adirondack ARC serves hundreds of people in the north country, many of them spread out in remote communities.

For further information on programs for the developmentally disabled contact: Parent to Parent of New York State (800-603-6778) and Parent to Parent of Vermont (802-655-5290 or 800-800-4005.)  Go to full article

Curbing Alcohol Abuse on College Campuses

Alcohol consumption and alcohol related problems are a significant concern on our nations college campuses. Studies over the last ten years show the highest proportion of heavy drinkers tend to be within the age range encompassing most college students.

Dr. Jason Kilmer, is a research scientist for the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington and an addictive behaviors specialist at Evergreen State College. Dr. Kilmer visited St. Lawrence University Monday in an effort to help college faculty, staff and students curb high risk drinking on campus. Todd Moe spoke with Jason Kilmer and Dr. Bill Burns, Director of Counseling Services at St. Lawrence University.  Go to full article

Clarkson Makes Science Come Alive in Area Schools

In the 1990s a National Science Foundation study found that U.S. middle schoolers lag behind their peers in other countries in science and math preparation. The findings provoked national concern that U.S. students will be ill prepared to compete in the high-tech global economy. Many educators believe the problem is that students need to be more involved in real scientific inquiry, solving dilemmas they find in the world around them. David Sommerstein reports on two Clarkson University programs in local schools that are giving kids hands-on experience in the world of science.  Go to full article

SLU Hockey Teams Head to NCAA Playoffs

It's a big weekend for St. Lawrence University hockey fans—the Saints men's and women's hockey teams are both in NCAA Division 1 tournament play this weekend. The men's...  Go to full article

Hermon-DeKalb Students Fast to Fight Hunger

Students in Hermon DeKalb High School are giving up food for a day to help fight hunger in St. Lawrence County. For the fourth year, teens will forgo meals and snacks for 30...  Go to full article

The Ritalin Controversy

The controversy over the use and abuse of Ritalin has created a national debate among doctors, parents and teachers. The drug is a stimulant and used in the treatment of ADD,...  Go to full article

Fire Protection Degree at JCC Could Increase Number of Firefighters in North Country

A new curriculum for future firefighters may be coming to Jefferson Community College. Its still in the early stages, but college and area fire officials are putting their...  Go to full article

Heuvelton Central School Fights Anti-Gay Behavior

Heuvelton Central School added sexual orientation to its discrimination policies this month. It's one of a handful of districts in the region sending a clear message that...  Go to full article

Area Women Take Automotive Workshop

If you've ever brought your car in for repairs and left feeling like the job wasn't done right, you're not alone. In a AAA survey of a million motorists, nearly half said...  Go to full article

Institute for Learning in Retirement

SUNY Potsdam is exploring the possibility of developing an Institute for Learning in Retirement Program for retired and semi retired persons in the North Country. The...  Go to full article

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