Students Speak Out on the Biggest Issues in Education
September 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM EDT
5492548429Students Speak Out on the Biggest Issue 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-GDgOEo181706Philadelphia plan to fund pre-K would tax soda by the ounceWhen other cities have proposed a tax on sugary soft drinks, it’s often sold as a plan to fight obesity. Not in Philadelphia, where a battle is brewing over the mayor’s 3 cents-per-ounce tax plan that would be used to fund citywide pre-K. The beverage industry opposes the tax and argues that if you’re going to tax them, then why not cakes and candy? Hari Sreenivasan reports.2016-05-24 18:00:00http://newshour-tc.pbs.org/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Soda-shot.-Mexico-320x196.png2365762732WLW6-oqniLE181081Teaching ‘different is okay’ to combat IslamophobiaAccording to a new study, some 50 percent of all Muslim students in the U.S. have been bullied by their peers. In mostly-white St. Cloud, Minnesota — where thousands of east African refugees have relocated — the problem got so bad that Muslim students walked out of the city’s high school en masse. John Tulenko of Education Week takes a look at the intersection of education and Islamophobia.2016-05-17 18:00:00http://newshour-tc.pbs.org/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/singled1-320x196.jpg2365757188PWM9I6_E8GE180659What quality do the most successful people share? True gritWhat makes a person successful? For Professor Angela Duckworth, the answer is grit, an intangible trait that motivates passion and perseverance. In a study at West Point, Duckworth found that grit mattered more for success than leadership ability, intelligence and physical fitness. Now, she hopes to introduce grit to classrooms across the country. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.2016-05-12 18:00:00http://newshour-tc.pbs.org/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/grit2-320x196.jpg2365753609hXwznUSwqyM
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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