Students Speak Out on the Biggest Issues in Education
September 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM EST
5492548429Students Speak Out on the Biggest Issues in EducationIt's American Graduate Day - a national call to action on PBS stations around the country where community organizations in education and celebrities are all coming together to focus on improving graduation rates in America. The NewsHour Student Reporting Labs decided to ask students around the country what their most pressing issues in education were -- here's a sample of what we heard. 2013-09-28 17:43:00disabled23650886929hsj-GDgOEotrue132333Is ‘The Test’ failing American schools?As Congress considers revisions to the No Child Left Behind education law, there’s a larger debate about the role and efficacy of using standardized tests as assessment. Anya Kamenetz, author of “The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing, But You Don't Have To Be,” joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the evolving role of testing and the “big, unintended consequences.”2015-01-22 18:00:00http://www.pbs.org/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/testing_anyakamenetz-320x196.jpg2365409312wxQMA-DUFHo131983Connecting the classroom to promising health careersStudents at Oakland’s Life Academy are getting a head start on health science careers by integrating academics with career-based training and a workplace environment. The high school, which serves low-income and minority students, also has the city’s second highest rate of graduates who go on to college. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports on making the benefits of learning clear to students.2015-01-20 18:00:00http://www.pbs.org/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/amgrad-320x196.jpg2365407322QXHR_OcbkqQ131741More students living in poverty strains education systemA newly released report by the Southern Education Foundation says the majority of all public school students across the United States come from low-income families. Experts say that could have important implications for the nation's education policies. Washington Post reporter Lyndsey Layton joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington to discuss the issue.2015-01-18 13:34:00http://www.pbs.org/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/classroom-school-students--320x196.jpg2365406187EKGyoCLSqeE
On American Graduate Day, community organizations, celebrities and educators acknowledge their commitment to keeping at-risk students in school. PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs participated by asking students around the country about their most pressing issues in education.
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