Rethinking Schools

May 11, 2014

What makes a great school? Is it the quality of teaching, class size, or the curriculum? When it comes to school reform, everyone seems to have an opinion. Today, we're rethinking schools and the way we teach.

  1. Testing Successful Intelligence - Robert Sternberg

    Do tests such as the SAT and ACT offer a complete picture of a student's abilities? Psychologist Robert Sternberg doesn't think so. He tells Anne Strainchamps that we need to change the way we evaluate students, starting with college entrance exams.

     

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  2. Sonic Sidebar: Better Grading

    Want kids to love learning? Get rid of the emphasis on grades and test scores. That's according to Alfie Kohn, one of America's most passionate advocates for progressive education. Kohn is the author of numerous articles and books, including "Feel Bad Education."

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  3. Unschooling - Astra Taylor and Dana Goldstein

    Do public schools stifle creativity or are they essential to a diverse society? Does homeschooling undercut funding to public schools? Filmmaker Astra Taylor and journalist Dana Goldstein debated these questions in articles published in n+1 and Slate magazines. Steve Paulson brought them into the studio to continue the conversation. 

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  4. The Education of Famous Americans - Daniel Wolff

    Daniel Wolff is the author of "How Lincoln Learned to Read: 12 Great Americans and the Education That Made Them." He tells Anne Strainchamps that most Americans learn what they really need to know outside of school and that, as a society, we believe contradictory things about the value of public education.

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  5. Bookmark: Sarah Lewis

    Sarah Lewis bookmarks "The Power of Myth" by Joseph Campbell.

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  6. On Our Minds: Jose Antonio Vargas

    Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist. In a 2011 essay for the New York Times Magazine, he revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant. Now, he's the director and subject of the film, Undocumented. It chronicles his life as an undocumented immigrant in the US.

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