education

 

This is a story about one of my very first teachers, Janet Daijogo. She’s the one who taught me how to tie my shoes and how to read my first book. I’m just one of hundreds of kids who’ve passed through her kindergarten classroom in the fifty-five years she’s taught.  

Philosophy Talk: Philosophy behind bars

Feb 14, 2017

What is it like to teach philosophy in prison? What is it like to study philosophy while in prison?


Ben Trefny

 

This past Tuesday, Betsy DeVos was narrowly confirmed as Secretary of Education.

 

Photo courtesy of Lisa allanson and Lisa McDonough

Lisa Allanson and Lisa McDonough are the founders of Teen Hackz, a program designed to help teens understand themselves and others.

Philosophy Talk: The Value of a College Education

Jan 24, 2017
"Graduation" by Sean MacEntee used under CC license

Is college really for everyone? Is there really a college for everyone?


Community colleges rethink remedial education

Jan 12, 2017
Sarah Tan

 

With more than 2 million students, California has one of the largest community college systems in the country. But its graduation rates have been disappointing for years.

HOLLY J. MCDEDE

When you think of school, you might not think of prison. But in 2014, approximately 47,600 young people in California actually attended school inside juvenile hall. Those schools are called “court schools.”

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

 

In a sun-filled classroom at an Oakland high school, a room full of adults are learning English.

Your Call: Weapons of Math Destruction

Nov 23, 2016

On the November 23rd edition of Your Call, we’ll revisit our conversation with Cathy O’Neil about her new book Weapons of Math Destruction. 

 

On the November 17th edition of Your Call, is it time for a charter school moratorium?

Sarah Tan

In a fourth grade class at Buena Vista Horace Mann in the Mission district, the school’s ten-year-olds are learning Common Core math. They’re practicing multiplying double-digit numbers. But it’s not in the way you’d think, because they’re learning it entirely in Spanish. This year, California voters will be able to decide if programs like this can be started elsewhere, with the passage of Proposition 58.

Do you think voting should only be the right of citizens? Prop N would give non-citizen families the right to vote in certain elections — San Francisco school board elections — as long as they have a kid in the public schools.

ELECTION BRIEFS: SF Prop B - Tax dollars to CCSF

Oct 29, 2016

Proposition B would provide tax dollars to support City College of San Francisco until 2031.

It's no secret that the community college district has been through a lot recently: First a loss of major state funding, then the threat of losing its accreditation.  Enrollment dropped from 100,000 to 60,000 and staff salaries fell way below other districts.

ELECTION BRIEFS: SF Prop A - School bonds

Oct 29, 2016

Since 2003, San Francisco has approved almost 700 million dollars worth of bonds to pay for school improvements. Proposition A would issue bonds worth another 750 million dollars. Where would that money go?

About one in five public school students in California is an English Language Learner. So, is it outdated to still believe that public schools should teach in English?

Photos courtesy of Joan Blades and John Gable/modified from original size

Liberal activist Joan Blades co-founded MoveOn.org, Moms Rising and Living Room Conversations and has teamed up with Republican John Gable

Philosophy Talk: John Dewey and the Ideal of Democracy

Sep 27, 2016

John Dewey is regarded by some as the American philosopher. 


Photo courtesy of Diamond Davis

    

Football players from Mission High School in San Francisco made headlines across the country when the team, as a unit, refused to stand for the national anthem, in protest against the oppression of people of color in the U.S.

Photo courtesy of Alicia Reyes

 

The Alameda County Bookmobile tours the county with books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and most everything else you can find at your local library. 

 

San Francisco schools have a problem. With just over a week left before kids return to the classroom, the district doesn't have enough teachers to teach them.

Daily News Roundup for July 13, 2016

Jul 13, 2016
By wiki user Phyrexian, used under CC license / cropped and resized.

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news: 

San Francisco To Vote Nation’s Most Strict Styrofoam Ban // ABC 7 News

“San Francisco lawmakers are poised to give final approval to what will be the strictest ban in the nation on Styrofoam products.

The View From Here: Class dismissed

Jul 12, 2016
Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

One out of four adults in California is a high school dropout. Class Dismissed takes an up-close look at the crisis through the lives of four young people from the Central Valley. The stories reveal what's at stake for their future and ours.

Daily News Roundup for Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Jul 12, 2016
"Oakland, California," by Flickr user Sharon Hahn Darlin, used under CC lisence / cropped and resized

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Oakland: Company laundered campaign donations to mayoral, council candidates // East Bay Times

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

 

In 2014, media attention was white-hot on Central American children crossing the border alone. Though the headlines have since died down, the migration — and the gang warfare causing it — has not.

Ninna Gaensler-Debs

Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School is the only non-charter public middle school in Bayview-Hunters Point. Sixty percent of the kids in the school’s inaugural sixth grade class live in the neighborhood. 

Hana Baba

This is a field trip.

East Bay school kids going to the California Academy of  Sciences - pretty typical, right? Wrong.

This is the weekend school of the Sudanese Association of Northern California, or SANC, where Sudanese kids come every Sunday to learn their parents’ mother tongue and immerse themselves in Sudanese poetry, folklore, music, and spirituality.  Even this bus ride from San Leandro to San Francisco is a cultural lesson in disguise.

On the April 21st edition of Your Call, Dr. Monique W. Morris joins us to discuss her new book “Pushout, the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.” 

Jo Boaler- Revolutionizing Math Education 

There is a STEM teacher shortage in K-12 education--resulting in an education gap that may leave many students under-prepared for our increasingly tech focused economy.

Daily News Roundup for Monday, January 25 2016

Jan 25, 2016
"Equipment" by Flickr user Tyler. Used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / Resized and cropped

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

San Francisco to Expand Health Insurance Support // New America Media

"The cost of living in San Francisco is so distorted that several thousand city residents who became eligible for health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act almost two years ago still go without insurance, forgo care they need, or use free services intended for the poor.

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