Education

School Vouchers

September 29, 2003

A panel talks about public school vouchers, a subject of contentious debate which has been revived by the consideration of a federally funded voucher program for the District of Columbia public schools.

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot: "The Essential Conversation" (Random House)

September 10, 2003

Children learn best when both their parents and teachers support them together. But, according to Harvard professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, the parent-teacher conference is too often an awkward, mutually uncomfortable encounter. She talks...

State Budget Shortfalls and Education

September 4, 2003

The National Education Association says the nation's school districts face the worst budget shortfalls since World War II. A panel talks about why that is, and how all levels of education are being affected by budget crunches across the...

Esme Raji Codell: "How to Get Your Child to Love Reading" (Algonquin)

August 13, 2003

Children's literature expert and former teacher Esme Raji Codell talks about what parents can do to encourage kids of all ages to pick up a book and read.

David Lipsky: "Absolutely American" (Houghton Mifflin)

July 10, 2003

Journalist David Lipsky shares what he learned about West Point Military Academy, its history, and what motivates today's cadets after he was granted complete access to the institution, its students and its staff from 1998 to 2002.

John Allen Paulos: "A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market" (Basic Books)

June 10, 2003

In his new book, Temple University math professor John Allen Paulos investigates whether the tools of his profession are any help in predicting stock performances.

Alma Powell: "America's Promise" (Harper Collins)

April 18, 2003

Alma Powell talks about America's Promise, the nonprofit umbrella organization she co-chairs that seeks to build character and competence in young people. It was founded by her husband, Secretary of State Colin Powell. Her new book for...

Talking to Kids about War

March 28, 2003

While parents watch cable news and debate the war, schoolkids see frightening images from parts of the world they've never heard of. Experts talk about the specific concerns American children have about the war in Iraq, and offer advice to...

Joyce Carol Oates: "I'll Take You There" (Ecco)

October 21, 2002

Joyce Carol Oates presents her newest novel, whose narrator, a 1960s-era college student, struggles with feelings of not belonging as she joins a sorority, has an affair with an African-American grad student, and deals with the death of a...

Carolyn See: "Making a Literary Life" (Random House)

October 4, 2002

Novelist and book reviewer Carolyn See shares advice for aspiring authors.

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