Education

Education
11:55 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Sister Cyril’s educational mission in India spans six decades

Sister Cyril Mooney has devoted her career to educating the children of Calcutta.
Credit http://www.loretobowbazar.in/

Sister Cyril Mooney is renowned for her decades of work to improve education for the impoverished of Calcutta, India. Sister Cyril was initiated into the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or the Loreto order, in her native Ireland in 1955. She has been affiliated with the Loreto School of Calcutta almost all the years since.

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Education
11:39 am
Thu May 7, 2015

MI schools face staff shortages as enrollment declines in teacher prep programs

MSU College of Education Dean Don Heller
Credit Courtesy MSU College of Education

Ask a five year old what they want to be when they grow up and chances are you’ll hear things like a doctor, a teacher, and maybe Batman. Obviously, not many kids grow up to be Batman, but increasingly there are also fewer and fewer growing up to be teachers. Across the country and here in Michigan, the number of students choosing to go into teaching preparation programs is declining.

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Education
11:50 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Hertel, EL student group drafting sex education reforms

State Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr.
Credit http://www.hertelforsenate.com/

Two weeks ago, a now infamous sex education class at East Lansing High School unleashed strong reactions among parents and students. The abstinence-based course was conducted by Pregnancy Services of Greater Lansing, an organization that opposes abortion. The class provoked negative comments about the so-called SMART curriculum now in place at East Lansing High School.

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Education
12:04 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

What belongs and doesn’t belong in abstinence sex ed instruction?

For about a week, sex education has been one hot topic in the Lansing area. It began last week when Alice Dreger, an author, college professor and activist, live tweeted from her son’s sex ed class at East Lansing High School. Among the quotes from the instructors, according to Dreger: “Safe sex is kind of a misnomer.” “You'll find a good girl. If you find one that says 'no,' that's the one you want." Dreger and many others on social media blasted the approach for being outdated, unconcerned with credible data and focused on fear and shame.

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Education
12:07 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Mid-Michigan author looks at “worldplay” in children and adults

A mid-Michigan author has published a book that examines the connection between childhood’s imaginary worlds and adulthood creativity. Michelle Root-Bernstein is an historian, independent scholar, and educator affiliated with Michigan State University, and she is very interested in what makes people creative. Her recent book is called "Inventing Imaginary Worlds: From Childhood Play to Adult Creativity Across the Arts and Sciences".

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Education
12:16 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Secretary Duncan: proposed federal education cuts could hurt Michigan

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Credit Courtesy U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Senate and House of Representative both continue efforts to write the country’s first comprehensive education legislation since "No Child Left Behind" expired back in 2007. Both Republican-led chambers are at work on measures that address various issues:  educational accountability, local versus federal authority and school choice among others. The Senate measure is scheduled to go before the Education committee today. U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan is an influential critic of some features of these measures.

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Education
12:11 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

“Dinosaur Train” host highlights MSU Science Festival

Dr. Scott Sampson speaks at events Friday and Saturday during the MSU Science Festival.
Credit Courtesy Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Dinosaurs are the focus of the PBS Kids show “Dinosaur Train”. The host is Scott Sampson of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Known as “Dr. Scott” on the show, Scott Sampson is coming to East Lansing for a couple of public events during the MSU Science Festival.

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Education
12:21 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Michigan tries to close "college access gap" with more guidance counselors

Ron French of Bridge Magazine (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

All over Michigan, there are high school students who perform well enough on assessments to attend a four-year university. However, some of them, especially those in low-income and rural districts, do not pursue that path. It's created what some are calling a "college access gap." What sometimes makes the difference is school guidance counseling.

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Education
11:34 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Incoming MI Superintendent: adults must help students "take ownership" of learning

Brian Whiston has been chosen to be Michigan's next state School Superintendent.
Credit dearbornschools.org

Public education in Michigan will have new leadership this summer. Last week, the state board of education voted 7 to 1 to hire Dearborn schools chief Brian Whiston as the next State Superintendent. He will replace Mike Flanagan, who will retire in June after 10 years at the helm of the Michigan Department of Education. Whiston’s appointment is pending formal approval from the state board, which is expected soon.

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Education
11:12 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Spartahack-ers use computer skills for good, not evil

Spartahack is this weekend at MSU.

Say the word “hack” or “hacker” and the impression you create is likely a negative one. Organizers of Spartahack are quick to point out their hacking event is about building and creating websites, apps, anything that’s connected to the digital world. It takes place beginning this Friday evening here at Michigan State University. Spartahack is expected to attract about 300 participants.

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Education
11:58 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Report says Michigan hurting from adult ed cuts

Michigan League for Public Policy CEO Gilda Jacobs (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Enrollment in adult education in Michigan has dropped by nearly half since 2001. State funding in adult ed has fallen a whopping 88-percent since the mid 90’s. Those are among the noteworthy findings in a new report that urges reinvestment in adult education.

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Education
12:44 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Brighton charter school flap demonstrates public-private tension

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Last weekend in Brighton, Michigan, an opponent of a proposed charter school in that community was arrested. His infraction was his refusal to leave an  “invitation only” meeting involving charter school supporters. Michigan charter schools receive public funding amounting to  nearly $1-billion a year and are subject to oversight by the Michigan Department of Education. Glenn Ikens insists that as a Brighton resident and a taxpayer, it entitles him to attend such meetings.

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Education
11:44 am
Wed March 4, 2015

TEDxMSU brings student focus to storytelling series

Another TEDx event is on tap tonight in East Lansing. For tonight's TEDxMSU, MSU students have played a lead role in organizing the storytelling event, and many of the speakers are also scheduled to be students. It’s at 6 p.m. in the Cobb Great Hall of MSU’s Wharton Center.

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Education
12:19 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Okemos kids help adult English language learners

Kids in Okemos are helping adults improve their English language skills.
Credit WKAR/Peter Whorf

For more than three decades, Lansing area elementary public schools have broadened student’s worlds by teaming with adults from around the globe. The greater Lansing area has a huge international community, with more than 100 countries represented on the MSU campus alone. Many of those people want to improve their English skills, and for many different reasons.

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Education
12:00 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

MSU launches film studies degree program

MSU professor Joshua Yumibe
Credit english.msu.edu/

The Oscars will be handed out next Sunday night. This is the 87th year for the Academy Awards. The subtle nuances of film make for an entertaining past time. But the cinema is also a serious course of study for many people. Now, Michigan State University has created a new Bachelor of Arts program in film studies.

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Education
11:48 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Stockbridge students dive into marine biology

Madelyn Armstrong (left) and Chloe Hypes are among a group of students from Stockbridge High School who spent 24 hours in a submersible chamber in Key Largo, Florida. They spoke with students back in Stockbridge via Skype.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Back in October, we told you on this program about a team of students at Stockbridge High School in rural Ingham County who build robots. The Stockbridge students build underwater robots that search for downed World War Two aircraft in the South Pacific. Now, some of the kids are off on another expedition where it’s considerably warmer than it is here.

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Education
11:30 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Fledgling farmers learn the business of ag at MSU

Jeremy Moghtader of the MSU Organic Farm (center) and Joannee DeBrahl (right) of Stone Coop Farm, with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

American agriculture is graying. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the average age of a farmer in the U.S. is now 58. Around a third are already over 65. That begs the question of what happens when those farmers retire? With fewer young people considering careers in agriculture, experts are worried about the future of food production here in the U.S. That’s why the most recent Farm Bill is setting aside more money to train and support fledgling farmers.

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Education
11:32 am
Tue February 3, 2015

The impact of Michigan's $130-million pre-school expansion

Credit Flickr - Brian Hart

Early childhood education is really important. Years of research has shown that a quality pre-school can have a big impact on a child’s learning later on. And it’s especially important for kids of color or from low-income backgrounds. But for years, Michigan was leaving behind tens of thousands of its most vulnerable kids.

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Education
11:43 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Fewer aspiring teachers pass MI's tougher preparedness test

Corey Drake (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

What makes the difference between a successful and a struggling student? Research suggests one of the most important factors is the quality of that student’s teachers. And a big part of having effective teachers in the classroom is making sure they’re prepared before they get there. In 2013, as part of an effort to do just that, Michigan toughened teacher certification tests, but a recent Bridge Magazine article found that a majority of aspiring teachers failed the new exam.

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Education
11:45 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Policy org studies declining enrollment, school funding, suggests changes

Current State host Mark Bashore, with Craig Thiel (right) of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Educators in schools all over Michigan will take a head count of their students next month to determine their slice of the state funding pie. Michigan currently spends more than $7,000 each year per student. A new report  from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan suggests lawmakers should alter its per pupil allocation system to reflect the reality of steady declines in  enrollments.

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Education
11:53 am
Fri January 9, 2015

The benefits and challenges of Michigan's switch to the SAT

Wendy Zdeb-Roper of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (left), and Gary Naeyaert of the Great Lakes Education Project discuss Michigan's upcoming switch to the SAT.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Michigan law requires that high school juniors are offered a free exam and free exam prep to determine college readiness. Next year, that exam will change. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will take the place of the ACT, which has been used since 2007.

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Education
11:41 am
Thu January 8, 2015

MSU officials explain new sexual harassment policy

Paulette Granberry Russell
Credit http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/

Sexual assault on college campuses garnered unprecedented attention in 2014, both around the country and here in East Lansing. Last January, President Obama formed a White House task force aimed at improving prevention of and response to rape and sexual assault at colleges and universities. In May, the U.S. Education Department released a list of 55 schools being investigated for their handling of sexual assault cases. Michigan State University was one of those schools.

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Education
11:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Charter school advocate: judge MI authorizers on performance

Many in Michigan’s charter school community are crying foul over a recent report that criticizes the state’s charter school authorizers. Authorizers of charter schools are educational institutions, often colleges, whose responsibility is to ensure oversight, accountability and adequate performance.

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Education
11:58 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Michigan teacher works to preserve indigenous language

Helen Roy is a tribal member of the Wikwemikong First Nations Band, Canada’s only unceded Indian Reservation on Manitoulin Island in Ontario.
Credit http://aisp.msu.edu/

Movements to revitalize Native American languages have been popping up across the U.S. in recent years. Tribes from Massachusetts to California are using federal funds to help preserve their native tongues. The Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma has developed Cherokee language versions of Google, Wikipedia, and even Facebook.

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Education
11:44 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Report: state should expand services to at-risk children

The Michigan legislature won’t be back to work until December 2, when lawmakers return for a three-week lame duck session. In the meantime, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan has been thinking about what it believes should be the state’s next major investment strategy.

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Education
1:17 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Tech bus designed to drive science learning

The Tech Transport Bus will bring mobile STEM education to students in the Lansing area starting in July.
Credit Courtesy / ITEC

For many students, the sight of their school bus rolling into their neighborhood each morning conjures up a flurry of emotions, and not all of them are positive. But a new project being unveiled today in Lansing hopes to re-make the image of the bus as a key part of the educational experience. This bus is a much more modern, high-tech creation. In fact, it’s called the Tech Transport Bus.

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Education
1:11 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

National Guard academy challenges MI youth to make a change

Raina Miller (right) is one of more than 100 cadets now attending the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy. After suffering bouts of anxiety and depression, Raina voluntarily entered the academy. Her mother, Robyn, is a retired military police officer.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Two months into the traditional school year, Michigan students are already thinking about Thanksgiving break. That includes students who are taking a less conventional route through their studies. Right now, more than 100 teenagers from communities across the state are participating in the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy, a program sponsored by the Michigan National Guard.

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Education
11:42 am
Fri November 7, 2014

MSU expert on Michigan's STEM ed challenges

The CREATE for STEM Institute at MSU is a joint endeavor of the College of Natural Science and the College of Education.
Credit http://create4stem.msu.edu/

The number of jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM fields has been steadily increasing over the past decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that growth to accelerate in the next decade, with an additional 9-million STEM related jobs opening up by 2022, and the shifting realities of the job market are shaping the nation’s education policy.

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Mondays at 5:30p
4:37 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Introducing 'Curious Crew' a new original series from WKAR

Rob Stephenson and members of the Curious Crew

New science show featuring local kids comes to mid-Michigan TV.

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Education
10:53 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Stockbridge students assist in search for lost Pacific aircraft

(L-R) Jeremy Spink, Brandon Ostrander, Tyler Heeney and Philip McCleer of the Stockbridge High School robotics team.
Credit WKAR-Kevin Lavery

The trees are starting to look very stark in Michigan these days as autumn digs in. Many “snowbirds” are thinking about escaping to more pleasant climates, including a team of young engineers from rural Stockbridge in Ingham County. Stockbridge High School has a robotics team which for the past three years has traveled to the tropical island of Palau to use their machines to search for lost history.

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