Eric Westervelt http://wkms.org en In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents http://wkms.org/post/tulsa-combining-preschool-help-parents At preschools in Tulsa, Okla., teachers are well-educated and well-paid, and classrooms are focused on play, but are still challenging. One nonprofit in Tulsa, the Community Action Project, has flipped the script on preschool. The idea behind its Career Advance program is simple: To help kids, the group believes, you often have to help their parents.<p>The program combines Head Start for children with intensive training for their parents, designed to help them find well-paying jobs. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:34:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 40080 at http://wkms.org In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core http://wkms.org/post/backlash-grows-against-common-core-education-standards Supporters of the new Common Core <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/19/169798643/new-reading-standards-aim-to-prep-kids-for-college-but-at-what-cost">education standards</a> adopted by 45 states say the standards hold American students to much higher expectations, and move curriculum away from a bubble-test culture that encourages test preparation over deeper learning.<p>But there's growing backlash to <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/05/198442307/education-reform-learns-lesson-from-old-standards">Common Core</a>, and conservatives and liberals increasingly are voicing similar concerns: t Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 38319 at http://wkms.org Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course http://wkms.org/post/online-education-revolution-drifts-course One year ago, many were pointing to the growth of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, as the most important trend in higher education. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 37711 at http://wkms.org The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes http://wkms.org/post/these-days-school-lunch-hours-are-more-15-minutes It's lunchtime at Oakland High School in Oakland, Calif., and that means fence hoppers. Several kids wear mischievous grins as they speedily scale a 12-foot-high metal perimeter.<p>In theory, anyway, Oakland High is a "closed campus." That's done in the interest of safety and security and to cut down on school-skipping. It means kids can't leave during school hours without parental consent, especially at lunchtime. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 37085 at http://wkms.org These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint http://wkms.org/post/charter-schools-philadelphia-educating-without-blueprint <em>This is final story in a three-part report on Philadelphia schools in crisis.</em><p>Shayna Terrell is in a good mood: It's report card night at the Simon Gratz Mastery Charter high school in North Philadelphia, and parents are showing up in good numbers.<strong> </strong><p>Terrell, Mastery's outreach coordinator, welcomes parents. Her goal on this night is to get 40 percent of Gratz parents to come to the school, meet teachers face to face, and get their child's report card. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:58:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 36778 at http://wkms.org Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint Duncan Apologizes For 'Clumsy' Common Core Remarks http://wkms.org/post/duncan-apologizes-clumsy-common-core-remarks Education Secretary Arne Duncan is in some hot water over remarks he made last week suggesting that opposition to Common Core of Standards was coming from "white suburban moms." He has since pulled back from those remarks. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:40:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 36705 at http://wkms.org More Angst For College Applicants: A Glitchy Common App http://wkms.org/post/more-angst-college-applicants-glitchy-common-app For many high school students this year, the already stressful process of applying to college has been made far worse by major technical malfunctions with the Common Application, an online application portal used by hundreds of colleges and universities.<p>"It's been stressful, to be honest," says Freya James, a senior in Atlanta applying to five schools — all early admissions. The Common App has been a nightmare, the 17-year-old says.<p>"No one likes applying to college anyway, and this is supposed to help and it's made it worse," she says. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:54:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 35778 at http://wkms.org More Angst For College Applicants: A Glitchy Common App Silicon Valley Trailer Park Residents Fight To Stay http://wkms.org/post/silicon-valley-trailer-park-residents-fight-stay Sunny Palo Alto, Calif., is awash in multimillion-dollar homes, luxury Tesla electric cars and other financial fruits from a digital revolution the city helped spark. The Silicon Valley city is home to Stanford University, at least eight billionaires, and one mobile home park.<p>Now, Buena Vista Mobile Home Park — one of the largest and one of the few remaining affordable housing options here — is threatened with closure. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:49:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 35709 at http://wkms.org Silicon Valley Trailer Park Residents Fight To Stay Germans Confront The Costs Of A Nuclear-Free Future http://wkms.org/post/germans-confront-costs-nuclear-free-future After Japan's Fukushima disaster last year, Germany announced a groundbreaking energy plan: It would phase out all of its domestic nuclear power in a decade and make a transition to safer, carbon neutral energy.<p>The goal is to have solar, wind and other renewables account for nearly 40 percent of the energy for Europe's largest economy in a decade, and 80 percent by 2050.<p>But already the revolutionary plan and its ambitious timeline are in doubt. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:49:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 20753 at http://wkms.org Germans Confront The Costs Of A Nuclear-Free Future Poland Watches Warily As Euro Crisis Spreads http://wkms.org/post/poland-watches-warily-euro-crisis-spreads One factor that has kept Poland somewhat insulated from the eurozone crisis is domestic consumer spending. Poland had more than 4 percent growth last year while the rest of the continent was mired in negative or flat growth. Poles have more discretionary income than ever before, and they're using it to buy things in swank malls cropping up all over the country.<p>"Consumer spending has risen significantly in recent years," says Miroslaw Borjarczyk, as he shops at Warsaw's Golden Terraces mall. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 07:29:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 20653 at http://wkms.org Poland Watches Warily As Euro Crisis Spreads