April’s Recent Stories
Education Aug 08When Mississippi schools wouldn’t integrate, Freedom Schools opened doors
In the summer of 1964, hundreds of out-of-state volunteers joined local activists in Mississippi to increase voter registration among disenfranchised African Americans in the state. Many of the volunteers worked in the dozens of newly created Freedom Schools. Herbert Randall,…
Education Jul 09Sixth graders ditch traditional lessons to create video game businesses
It took seven people to create the “Golden Medallion” spy adventure video game and its advertising campaign. They did their own coding, conducted a beta test, created a website, a commercial and an instagram feed, and they came up with…
Jul 09Games kids play — and build — themselves
Education Jun 09While Louisiana lawmakers debate Common Core, some parents turn to homeschooling
The implementation of Common Core State Standards has caused controversy in Louisiana, with parents and educators lining up to support keeping or repealing the education standards. Some parents have such strong objections they've withdrawn their children from public school in…
Education May 29Hurricane Katrina legacy continues in New Orleans with all-charter school district
When students in the New Orleans Recovery School district head back to class next fall, not one will be attending a traditional public school. The Louisiana city’s Recovery School District, formed after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, closed its…
Education May 06How cursive can help students with dyslexia connect the dots
Students with dyslexia have difficulty learning to read because their brains associate sounds and letter combinations inefficiently. But cursive can help them with the decoding process because it integrates hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and other brain and memory functions.
Education May 06Why some schools still insist on lessons in elegant cursive
Apr 24Calligraphy traditions of yesterday and today
Education Apr 24What does Common Core implementation look like? Ask a teacher
The PBS NewsHour asked young journalists in our Student Reporting Labs to interview their teachers about how Common Core is affecting what they teach and how they teach it.
Education Apr 24Is cursive handwriting slowly dying out in America?
For centuries, the educated, wealthy and refined could be distinguished by their ability to put quill to parchment to create beautiful, flowing letters. The delicately formed cursive letters of the America’s Declaration of Independence helped form a nation. But that…