Archives: Education

The “Parent Trigger” and Columbus Schools

One in 5 Columbus city schools qualifies for a parent takeover. This is according to the “parent trigger,” which allows parents to overhaul chronically under-performing schools–but only in Columbus. We’ll look into the origins of the measure and discuss what happens to students, teachers and administrators if parents decide it’s time for a change.

Teaching: A Look at a Controversial Profession

As area teachers fight continue to battle with the school board over changes to benefits and pay, we’ll take a close look at how teaching in the U.S. became so controversial. We’ll get an update on local tensions, and examine how we got from genteel 19th century common schools to one-room frontier schools to the Teach for America program and beyond

Improving the Student-Teacher Connection

Despite the struggles over education in the US, most people agree teachers can have an enormous impact; the harder question is what makes them great. This hour we’ll examine practical steps that can build trust among teachers and students, and how collaboration and peer-observations might be the key to improving the quality of education.

Ohio’s Charter School Oversights

Last Tuesday, a group of four former Horizon teachers testified for the State Board of Education. Accusations included manipulated attendance records, inappropriate sexual behavior and improper state test handling. Charter schools have more leeway to innovate, but critics worry that they aren’t being held accountable. We’ll learn more this hour.

Math Anxiety: Origins and Remedies

One is the loneliest number. Two’s company. That’s about as much math as some people can handle before they start sweating. At a time when the US is trying to increase math competency, numerical anxieties are hampering our efforts. We’ll learn what causes math phobias, and how relating math to real life might be the key to appreciating it.

Sharia Law and Modern Muslims

The world is reeling from news of the abduction of hundreds of Nigerian school girls by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The group claims strict adherence to Sharia law. But Sharia is not a codified set of principles, and not an incitement to terrorism. This hour we’ll learn how modern Muslims incorporate Sharia into their lives.

Math Anxiety: Origins and Remedies

One is the loneliest number. Two’s company. That’s about as much math as some people can handle before they start sweating. At a time when the US is trying to increase math competency, numerical anxieties are hampering our efforts. We’ll learn what causes math phobias, and how relating math to real life might be the key to appreciating it.

Sharia Law and Modern Muslims

The world is reeling from news of the abduction of hundreds of Nigerian school girls by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The group claims strict adherence to Sharia law. But Sharia is not a codified set of principles, and not an incitement to terrorism. This hour we’ll learn how modern Muslims incorporate Sharia into their lives.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman recently said the greatest threat facing the city was failure to prepare children for the future. This hour he’ll join us for a discussion of a new cabinet-level education position, and his plans to improve schools . We’ll also talk about the zoo levy and the latest on the development of downtown Columbus.

Vocational Education: Its History and Future

Most seventh-graders don’t have a career path mapped out, but Governor Kasich has proposed a plan to let students as young as 12 start vocational training and explore their options. This hour, we’ll discuss Kasich’s proposal, and the skills gap facing the state. We’ll also look at how vocational ed started, and where it’s headed in the 21st century