Education

Higher Education
11:44 am
Thu February 6, 2014

State Launches Affordable College Degree Program For Half The Cost

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has launched a new degree program aimed at making college affordable.

The Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Degree Program has been in the works since it’s conception in 2011 when it was one of the needs Gov. Rick Perry expressed during his State of the State Address. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced they had finished designing that program this week.  

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Education
10:37 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Texas Overhauls Textbook Approval To Ease Tensions Over Evolution

Kansas Board of Education members look over language for a science textbook in 2007. The fight over the teaching of evolution has been particularly fierce in Texas, which because of its size influences many textbook publishers.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 11:01 am

The Texas Board of Education, which has long been an ideological battleground for the teaching of evolution, says it will limit the use of citizen review panels and instead give priority to teachers in determining science and history curricula.

Because Texas public schools represent such a large market for textbook publishers, the state has an outsized influence on what is taught in the rest of the country.

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Technology
7:16 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Computers Are The Future, But Does Everyone Need To Code?

StudentRND throws 24-hour code-a-thons for programmers of all backgrounds and skill levels. Coders show up at noon on Saturday, pitch ideas, form teams and code through the night trying to finish by noon on Sunday. Above, StudentRND participants work at a 2011 CodeDay in Seattle." href="/post/computers-are-future-does-everyone-need-code" class="noexit lightbox">
A group called StudentRND throws 24-hour code-a-thons for programmers of all backgrounds and skill levels. Coders show up at noon on Saturday, pitch ideas, form teams and code through the night trying to finish by noon on Sunday. Above, StudentRND participants work at a 2011 CodeDay in Seattle.
StudentRND

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 1:01 pm

Republicans and Democrats don't see eye-to-eye on much these days, but there is one aspect of the future that they can agree on: "Becoming literate in code is as essential to being literate in language and math," says House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia.

President Obama agrees: "Computers are going to be a big part of your future," he predicts.

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Arts & Culture
11:34 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Can A Poet Teach Business Leadership? UTSA Says 'Yes'

David Whyte
Scott Garen

UTSA’s College of Business is bringing in someone to help develop leadership, and it's a curious choice: Internationally renowned poet David Whyte.

"You’ll find that there’s a good poem for almost every threshold of human experience," Whyte explains.

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Community
1:11 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

The Refugee Story: Building New Lives

Colonies North Elementary teacher Patti Enriquez guides her Kindergarten and 1st grade "Newcomer Class" in learning the days of the week in English. Colonies North is NISD's target school for young refugee students.
Eileen Pace

CORRECTION, 12/19/13: The stricken statement below regarding Texas's ranking among states that take in refugees is incorrect.

Texas is home to more refugees from strife-torn countries than any other state, and San Antonio takes in more than any other city in Texas.  TPR's  Eileen Pace examines the scope of the refugee influx to our city, and the ways San Antonio manages the new populations in our series, “The Refugee Story: Building New Lives.”

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The Source - December 17, 2013
10:40 am
Tue December 17, 2013

The Source: Creationism In The Classroom | Coding Towards The Future

Michelangelo Wikimedia Commons

In the first segment: 

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Hour of Code
4:17 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Roosevelt Students Embark on Coding Program

Roosevelt students sit in the Molly Pruitt Library taking their first hour of coding
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Students at Roosevelt High School, on San Antonio's northeast side, are joining a growing number students learning how to code computer programs with help from their neighbors, Rackspace. The campus and six other NEISD schools are participating in the Hour of Code.

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The Two-Way
3:08 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

So Much For The 'Mozart Effect'

Researchers could not find a link between exposure to music and improved IQs in preschoolers.
Dmitry Naumov iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 6:02 pm

Music makes the heart grow fonder, but scientists are not so sure that it boosts IQ.

The Boston Globe notes:

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Community
5:07 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Starting A New Business Overnight--Literally

Rohit Saxena, left, works with his group at the start of 3DS San Antonio, or Three Day Start-up.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Forty people in downtown San Antonio are camping out at Geekdom this weekend in an exercise called "3DS," or three day start-up.

Starting Friday and running through Sunday night, members are broken up into teams and assigned to come up with ideas for a business.

Cristal Glangchai runs 3DS San Antonio, and is also the creator of the entrepreneurship academy Venture Lab. The 3DS concept originally began in Austin but came to the Alamo City in 2010. 

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Education
11:04 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Math Requiremenets Contested At State Board Of Education Hearing

Texas Education Agency

The Texas State Board of Education is hearing final public testimony regarding how the new career-ready and college-bound pathways will look for school districts; the subject Algebra II is still the most hotly contested topic.

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