For all of the policy talk about education that happens in communities across America, it's actual learning—the imparting of essential knowledge to young people to make them citizens—that takes place in real schools like the ones in your neighborhood. Now The Takeaway is getting a close-up look at classrooms around the United States. Here we examine the work of education reporters who are embedding themselves inside schools around the country. These reporters are seeing, hearing and experiencing what students themselves encounter at school each day.
All this week, The Takeaway is getting a close-up look at classrooms around the U.S. Today, we head to Monroe Middle School in Tampa, FL. Like many schools around the country, Monroe is adopting the curriculum called Common Core—a shift to a more structured, discussion, and logic-oriented approach to teaching writing and math. John O’Connor covers education for StateImpact Florida and WUSF in Tampa. He says that the Common Core seems to be a good fit for Monroe.
This week, we're taking a close-up look to see how learning actually happens in real schools across the nation. Today we go to Earl Boyles Elementary School in Portland Oregon—a school that's been experimenting with how to teach young students with poor English language skills how to read and write proficiently. Oregon Public Radio reporter Rob Manning provides a glimpse inside the classrooms of Earl Boyles.
At West Brooklyn Community High School in New York City, the focus is on getting chronically truant students back on track by surrounding them with adults who care about their success. WNYC reporter Yasmeen Khan, has been following the path of one West Brooklyn student named Paula. Paula began her journey as an angry, difficult freshman with a habit of cutting class. But after transferring to West Brooklyn her attitude began to change.