Kids Media Matters
Boston Kids & Family TV offers Boston cable subscribers a line-up rich with educational and kids' programming. The daytime line-up includes Arthur, Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, Between the Lions; while the evening offers adult educational programs.
WGBH’s Kids Media Matters and the City of Boston partnered this past summer to promote reading to local children. WGBH President Jon Abbott, VP for Children’s Media and Educational Programming Brigid Sullivan, and special friend Arthur joined Mayor Tom Menino at the Tadpole Playground on Boston on July 15 to announce that WGBH will give 5,000 books to the City of Boston’s ReadBoston Storymobile Program.
Kids Media Matters
Every time children watch TV or surf the Web, they are learning something. But what are they learning? Grown-ups need to shepherd children through the maze of images that may shape their minds, for better or worse.
There are innumerable things that need reform in Massachusetts.
THE CALLIE CROSSLEY SHOW
More than one-third of Massachusetts eighth-graders who attended urban schools last academic year are at risk of not earning their high school diplomas, according to state education officials.
The Daily Dish
Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson is expected to unveil a plan that would close, merge and move schools in an effort to close a $63 million budget gap.
A new report says hundreds of millions of dollars the state pegged for improvements to classroom education have gone instead to health-care costs for school employees.
Deivid Ribeiro earned a 4.0 from Cape Cod Community College and now studies physics at UMass. But unless the DREAM Act passes in the lame duck Congressional session, he -- and thousands of other undocumented students -- could face deportation.
The Boston Public School Committee votes Wednesday proposal to shutter nine of Boston's schools could save up to $10 million -- but some parents and teachers say the disruption to the students wouldn't be worth the savings.
Amid jeering and booing from angry parents, teachers and students, the Boston School Committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve superintendent Carol Johnson’s proposal to consolidate school resources through closures and mergers.
Boston's new City Council president is calling on the Boston Public Schools to cut transportation costs.
Officials at the University of Massachusetts are optimistic that they'll select a new president by the end of the day Thursday. They say they're looking at several serious candidates with academic backgrounds -- but they want to make sure their pick can think creatively about the budget crisis facing the university.
The town of South Hadley is still struggling to come to terms with the death of Phoebe Prince, who took her own life one year ago Friday.
Race has existed long in our nation’s history—employed as a tool for law-making, social division and much worse. But a new show at the Museum of Science, called ‘Race: Are We So Different?’ asks us to consider why.
A group of students is pushing for the increased availability of condoms in Boston Public Schools. Some advocates think the popularity of hyper-sexual television shows like Skins makes this a good time to step up sex ed. -- but many are opposed to condoms being available in schools.
Wednesday night is the much-anticipated final round of the quiz show Jeopardy, in which Watson, a computer, competes against the two greatest champions in the show's history. The contest has generated a special kind of excitement at MIT.
Students applying to Harvard College will once again have the option of knowing early whether they got in. Harvard is rebooting its early-admissions program after eliminating it in 2007 due to concerns it wasn't accessible to low-income students.
On Monday, the Massachusetts Board of Education will announce its picks for the state's newest charter schools. One of them could be a KIPP school -- part of a national network of charter schools that says its already seeing results at its existing school in Lynn.
State education officials approved plans for 16 new charter schools Monday, significantly expanding the number of charter schools in some of the state’s lowest-performing districts.
A coalition of lawyers and educators have filed a federal civil rights complaint against the Boston Public Schools, alleging a recent school closure plan discriminates against the city’s Black and Latino students and parents.
President Obama gave an upbeat speech in Boston today, lauding TechBoston Academy for its achievements in education — and emphasizing his commitment to education investment as Congress scales up efforts to cut the nation's budget deficit.
UMass Amherst is making it easier for graduates of the state’s two-year community colleges to attend and afford the four-year school. A new program unveiled Wednesday offers admission and free tuition to students with certain GPA's -- but critics say the program doesn't do enough to reduce academic fees.
The Emily Rooney Show
Ayanna Pressley told her own story of on-campus sexual assault in order to raise awareness about the issue. Although she's facing some hostility for doing so, the Boston City Councilor is going forward with plans to hold a hearing about what colleges and universities can do to prevent on-campus sexual assault -- and encourage victims to come forward.
Lawrence teachers are responding to the news that one third of their corps will not be returning to their jobs in the fall, one year after the school was termed underperforming by the state.
As a Norwood watches her town's schools face down music and arts cuts, she wonders why fine arts programming is viewed as an extracurricular, rather than core, school subject.
An international education conference is highlighting the work of Dorchester's William Henderson Inclusion Elementary School for its pioneering work incorporating the arts into its classrooms. WGBH's Andrea Smardon visits the school.
The State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is moving forward with plans to overhaul its method for evaluating teachers, including the use of student test scores as a measure of teacher performance.
We all look forward to the rest and relaxation of summer. It’s good to take a break, but hot, lazy summer days with nothing to do may not be the best thing for our children.
CRIME AND JUSTICE
Chris Morgan sets up camp at a remote spot in the heart of Alaskan wilderness, alongside the largest concentration of grizzlies in the world. The bears are taking advantage of the long days to feed, mate, and raise new cubs. Morgan tracks their progress as they feast on the riches of the season and re-establish the complex hierarchal social dynamics of bear society.
Chris Morgan travels to the far north of Alaska to observe polar bears in early November. In spring, Morgan travels to the North Slope of the Brooks Range, where grizzlies await the roaming caribou. 5/22/11
Massachusetts voters decided in 2002 that public school teachers should speak only English in their classrooms. This week, WGBH’s Andrea Smardon investigates the impact of the ballot measure known as Question 2. I
Massachusetts voters decided in 2002 that public school teachers should speak only English in their classrooms. This week, WGBH’s Andrea Smardon is investigating the impact of the ballot measure known as Question 2. Now, we want to hear from parents and students who have experienced English-only education in Massachusetts. Fill out the form below to share your thoughts on English immersion. We'll publish excerpts during and after the series.
Massachusetts’ voters decided in 2002 that public school teachers should speak only English in their classrooms. But at the Dever-McCormack K-8 School in Dorchester, teachers are bringing Spanish back into the classroom.
Massachusetts voters decided in 2002 that public school teachers should speak mostly English in their classrooms. WGBH's Andrea Smardon visits Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Framingham, where the entire school is focused on the needs of English Language Learners.
"Whether you fear it or not, disappointment will come," he told Dartmouth College graduates. "The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity; and with clarity comes conviction and true originality." He's winning raves.
An education expert, a guidance counselor and a former student offer their views on English immersion. What's yours?
The state's Education Board has approved new regulations that use students' MCAS scores as one of criteria to evaluate teachers. It's a change many teachers welcome — but they want to make sure it's implemented alongside a series of other changes. NEW TEACHER EVALUATIONS INCLUDE MCAS SCORES
The state's Education Board has approved new regulations that use students' MCAS scores as one of criteria to evaluate teachers. It's a change many teachers welcome — but they want to make sure it's implemented alongside a series of other changes.
Massachusetts school children will no longer be able to buy soda or chips from the vending machine. The state's Public Health Council passed new regulations banning fried food, sugary drinks and artifical sweeteners from public schools.
A 1994 U.S. copyright law shifted many foreign artworks out of the public domain, and many musical staples became too expensive for small orchestras to perform. But now their case is before the Supreme Court.
Gov. Deval Patrick is emphasizing his support for legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants living in Massachusetts to pay in-state tuition attend the state's public colleges and universities.
Officials in Westport, Mass., are working to deal with unsafe levels of toxins discovered in a middle school there this week.
Cosmic as it was, NASA's space shuttle program hit close to home for members of the Boston area’s academic and private aerospace communities.
Massachusetts may ask the federal government for a waiver of some of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind education law. Without the waiver, officials say a large number of Bay State schools would face sanctions.
A DECADE OF STORIES
On Sept. 11, Prof. Joe Nye was the dean of the Kennedy School. Nye reflects on how he led his students that day — and the implications of the attack for the country.
It may be too early to say how Sept. 11 affected the millennial generation, who came of age in its aftermath. But it did bring change, one person at a time. Here are three stories of youths whose lives were altered because of that day.
At the private Bancroft School in Worcester, Mass., iPads have been woven into the school's curriculum. It's a new policy this year. Students at this K-12 school are strongly encouraged to attend classes with an iPad. Next year, they'll be mandatory.
In an open letter to Allston residents on Wednesday, leaders at Harvard University revealed the institution's vision for its vast Allston holdings whose development, stalled in 2009 following the economic downturn.
There's a new and controversial philosophy at Harvard University this year. All incoming students have been asked to take what has been dubbed "The Kindness Pledge." It sounds innocent enough, but the pledge is sparking debate.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is about to sign a historic agreement to help establish a major university in Russia—that will anchor a planned $6.6 billion town of technology, innovation and business success. SKOLKOVO INSTITUTE: A TIMELINE
MIT, FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION
THE CALLIE CROSSLEY SHOW
If no one in your family has gone to college, higher education may seem like an impossible goal. Three prominent Bostonians—the first in their families to attend college— talk about their road to success.
GREATER BOSTON: MANDATORY IPADS IN THE CLASSROOM
Touch-screen devices and tablets can be educational for children, experts said — but parents have to be in charge.
They say the problems is that too many students pass the MCAS test, graduate from high school but still can’t do basic college level reading, writing and math.
This week President Obama offered some much-needed relief to college graduates faced with crushing student loan debt. What could Obama’s plan mean for current college students? Here's a breakdown of the President’s latest move to fix the economy.
Does the Hollywood sign outshine the lights of the Cutler Majestic? Emerson leader Lee Pelton said a new LA campus is an expansion — and not the start of a wholesale move west.
Educator Michelle Rhea drew a packed house of supporters to a Boston talk — and hundreds of local teachers protesting her tactics.
As students grapple with the high costs of college, and universities work to cope with increasing demand, could a new model for higher education be on the way? Or is it already here?
Attendees at an Occupy Harvard forum dissected the absence of key administrators — and a letter from university president Drew Faust that said Harvard locked its gates after students assaulted a police officer.
No, not sleepless freshmen. A new Harvard Extension course has attracted hundreds of people thirsting for knowledge about the vampire in literature and film.
The new MITx online learning platform will offer students interactive labs, discussions and the opportunity to earn MIT credentials, provost Rafael Reif said.
UMass is launching a probe into the former president's sabbatical pay. However, this kind of benefit has become the norm in public higher ed.