Listen back to Talk of Iowa's conversation on middle childhood. Middle childhood is the time between toddler-hood and the teen years. Itâ€™s a point in development when kids transition into a concrete way of thinking that's more categorical and less emotionally volatile.Â Host Charity Nebbe talks with an anthropologist, pediatrician and counselor about what's going on inside those growing bodies and minds.
Today's workers need more education and skills than ever before. But 39 million adults in the United States don't have even the most basic credential: a high school diploma. Many hope their ticket to a better job is passing a test called the GED. But critics say the test is too easy and hardly the equivalent of a high school education. This program documents how the GED â€“ originally designed to help World War II veterans go to college â€“ became the fallback option for millions of high school dropouts.
From Cinderella to Miley Cyrus our girls grow up in an environment rich in images of femininity.Â Host Charity Nebbe gets insight into the challenges and dangers girls face as they grow and how the media influences their development.
One day in 1968, the day after the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, Jane Elliott, a teacher in the small town of Riceville, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groupsâ€¦and gave them a lesson in discrimination.Â
Â It's back to school season in Iowa. IPR's Clay Masters talks education economics with Sarah McCammon while she finishes up her assignment for Marketplace this summer covering business and economics news. They discuss the increasing costs for teachers and parents to pay for public school and a report by the US Department of Education found colleges giving bigger grants to wealthier kids.Â
How sexually active is your teen? It turns out that 34% of Iowa high school students are currently sexually active. So what do you know about the sex-ed being taught at your kidsâ€™ school?
In the first part of our program, host Ben Kieffer learns about a nationally recognized sex education program that many Iowa schools use, which focuses on the financial impact of having a child. Then we broaden the discussion to find out whatâ€™s being taught in Iowaâ€™s public schools and Catholic schools. Whatâ€™s appropriate? Whatâ€™s effective at preventing teen pregnancy?
A small group of teachers in Cedar Rapids is trying a new way to inspire students to learn, by getting them out of the classroom and working on projects with community mentors. As Iowa Public Radioâ€™s Durrie Bouscaren reports, the Big Ideas Group is wrapping up a summer pilot program, and will become an option for students across the district this Fall.
To get an idea of how this works, take 12th grader McKenna Cole, whoâ€”at a weekly meeting, explains to her fellow students why sheâ€™s working with a wastewater treatment plant to test how poplar trees can filter water.
Today on River To River, host Ben Kieffer sits down with Iowans to discuss the news items of the week. He talks with teacher and administrator at Grundy Center Community Schools, Ann Lebo, about the education reform signed by Governor Branstad.
Iowa American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director, Ben Stone, joins the conversation to talk about the NSA phone record collection, the drone ban by Iowa City Council Members, and a recent ACLU report on racial disparity in marijuana arrests.
Iowa lawmakers are returning to Des Moines for a third week of overtime. The session was scheduled to wrap up May 3, but legislators continue to negotiate education reform, property taxes, Medicaid expansion, and other key issues.
There were some fireworks last week at the State Capitol as two of Governor Terry Branstadâ€™s nominees to serve on the Iowa Board of Regents came before the Senate Education Committee.Â Host Clay Masters talks with Senator Herman Quirmbach, Chair of the Senate Education Committee about lawmakersâ€™ concerns.Â And a discussion of whether the time students spend in school should be counted in days or hours.Â A proposal making its way through the legislature would count instructional time in hours.
We've been hearing about some of the challenges with diversity in the Iowa City School District. There are other districts in Iowa with diversity policies, some of them much smaller.Â Two and a half hours from Iowa City is the town ofÂ Postville. Â
Postville made national news five years ago when the federal governmentÂ raided the town's Hasidic owned meat packing plant and hundreds of undocumented workers were arrested.
We've all heard that it's best to limit the amount of screen time our kids get each day, but screens are getting harder an harder to avoid. Today on Talk of Iowa, we talk about educational media. We find out how to make the most of the screen time our kids do get and explore some of the surprising pitfalls we can find along the way.
Parents crowd the room to discuss Iowa City's new diversity policy. There was a notable lack of minority faces in the room-- Henry Harper says he came in order to represent and report back to many in the African American community.
Yesterday we heard how the public outcry over the Iowa City School District Diversity policy continues to fuel a bitter debate in Iowa City. Like much of Iowa, Iowa City is facing a changing population and with that has comes a widening achievement gap. In the second part of a series about diversity in Iowa schools, reporter Sandhya Dirks takes a closer look at balancing school integration with divided neighborhoods and a new influx of residents.Â
Two portable classrooms sit outside Studebaker Elementary School in southeast Des Moines, readied to be sold. The Des Moines Public School District is getting rid of its portables because students had to walk between buildings regularly.
As President Obamaâ€™s gun control proposals make their slow way through Congress, Iowa, and every state in the nation, is asking the same question. How do we protect our children from gun violence? Iowa Public Radioâ€™s Clay Masters talked to some of the voices in this debate and visited a school in Des Moines.
At Studebaker elementary school in southeast Des Moines, students practice a fire drill.Â They exit the building in single file.
Governor Branstad has laid out his plan for paying and promoting the stateâ€™s teachers. Last week we heard the Branstad administrationâ€™s pitch for the plan. This week, weâ€™ll talk with school administrators and teacher representatives for their view. Our conversation legislative show is live from the state Capitol Law Library.