Education

  • March 13, 2012  

    A growing number of state legislatures are using driving privileges as an incentive to keep students from dropping out of high school. States’ laws vary, but the general premise is the same: If a student wants to stay on the road, he or she must stay in school. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • March 6, 2012  

    Black and Hispanic students are more likely to be suspended than white students, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights. Jeffrey Brown discusses the disparities with Christopher Edley Jr. of the University of California, Berkeley and the Fordham Institute’s Chester Finn Jr. Continue reading

  • February 27, 2012   BY Spencer Michels  

    A music therapist at the University of California, San Francisco uses a drum circle to connect with pediatric patients. (Photos by Spencer Michels) The interesting thing about music therapy is that nobody I could find understands how it works on … Continue reading

  • February 24, 2012  

    Serving mostly low-income children in New York City, an innovative music education program called Harmony provides free instruments and daily music lessons to children in third through sixth grades. Correspondent John Merrow reports on an arts program changing lives in public schools, based on a system developed in Venezuela. Continue reading

  • February 23, 2012  

    Full-time public cyber schools are now an option in 30 states, allowing some 250,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade to press buttons to raise their hands and message their teachers. John Tulenko of Learning Matters Television reports from Pennsylvania where the demand for online charter schools is high. Continue reading

  • February 22, 2012   BY Kelly Chen  

    Every year, more than 1.3 million students drop out of high school. That’s 7,000 students a day dropping out for many reasons, most of which are largely personal and reflective of a student’s circumstances at home, school and in the … Continue reading

  • February 10, 2012   BY Frank N. Carlson  

    Meet Jessica Beinecke, the writer, host and producer of “OMG! Meiyu,” or “Oh My Gosh! American English.” Each weekday the 25-year-old Voice of America journalist posts 2- to 3-minute videos explaining the hippest American English and culture to a Chinese … Continue reading

  • February 10, 2012   BY Kelly Chen  

    Photo by Max Wolfe via Creative Commons When it comes to lowering the high school dropout rate, many school leaders have found that something fairly basic works: the ABCs — Attendance, Behavior and Class. And after President Obama’s call-to-action to … Continue reading

  • February 8, 2012   BY April Brown  

    Santa Barbara High School covers 40 acres in tree-lined hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a few miles away. The Spanish-style main buildings date from the mid-1920s, and when the doors are closed, you could be forgiven for thinking not much … Continue reading

  • February 2, 2012   BY Mike Fritz and April Brown  

    Photographer and professor Richard Ross has spent the last five years documenting juvenile detention facilities throughout the nation. The NewsHour recently spoke with him in his studio at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Continue reading