“Life isn’t like a normal song, in 4/4 time,” says Grace Kari, a singer and banjo player with the band Gerygone and Twig. She and her fellow bandmates are self-proclaimed “misfits” who met during high school in Wasilla, Alaska. They discovered they they all shared a passion for writing and making music, but music that reflects who they are: unconventional, passionate, even a bit “weird. Continue reading
Finishing high school can be an uphill battle; for homeless students, it can be like facing a mountain of challenges. The Los Angeles County Unified School District’s Homeless Education Program is designed to provide assistance to students who don’t have a place to live. David Nazar of PBS SoCal reports on efforts to help LA’s homeless youth reach graduation. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is a lover of games played on hard courts, baseball diamonds and in 10-yard increments. His two daughters are active in sports and, like many parents with children on athletic teams, he worries about their safety.
But unlike many of those parents, Obama is uniquely positioned to help address the concerns.
At the White House on Thursday, Obama hosted a summit with representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, young athletes, researchers and others to call attention to the issue of youth sports concussions. Continue reading
- [caption id="attachment_103650" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Twenty percent of students leave high school without graduating according to a report released today from GradNation, a campaign of America’s Promise Alliance. But why? Photo by Flickr user Milken Community Schools[/caption]
While a report released earlier this year shows the U.S. has reached a record milestone achievement of an 80 percent graduation rate, GradNation and The Center for Promise at Tufts University set out to understand why young people leave high school before graduation, investigating experiences that lead them astray in a new report released today. Continue reading
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision, we asked our network of Student Reporting Labs across the nation if integration should be a national goal. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say. Continue reading
The graduation rates for American high schools have reached 80 percent, according to a report based on statistics from the Department of Education. Jeffrey Brown discusses the milestone and the work that lies ahead with John Bridgeland of Civic Enterprises, an author of the report. Continue reading
At Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., students are expected to attend for six years, earning both a high school diploma and a two-year Associate’s degree. P-TECH and other schools based on the same model aim to give students from low-income families a head start on college with free, career-oriented coursework. Hari Sreenivasan tells the story. Continue reading
According to a Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday, college graduates today are in a much better economic position compared to their peers with only a high school degree. Adults of the so-called millennial generation, who are currently between the … Continue reading
Despite reports on the dangers of concussions and in the wake of recent lawsuits against the NFL for illnesses related to head injuries, even high school athletes feel pressured to hide their injuries in order to get back in the game. Hari Sreenivasan and PBS NewsHour’s network of Student Reporting Labs explore how concussions in football have affected high school players. Continue reading