Football – the American form of the sport – is an iconic part of American high school life, especially in small towns, like Macomb, Illinois, and everyone gets involved. Selah Hennessy report from Macomb, Illinois.
Nov 18, 2011
Students in the United States in their last year of high school are not performing as well on the same science tests as their peers in many other countries. Educators say there should be more emphasis on science in American schools. A visit to one school where a retired engineer is using his expertise in science to help both teachers and students shows how it can benefit everyone.
Thousands of Haitians sought refuge in the United States after last year’s devastating earthquake in Haiti. Many are young people, now enrolled in U.S. schools, surrounded by a new language and culture. VOA’s Alex Villarreal tells us how one high school in Florida is helping the students adjust.
Jun 22, 2011
It’s the sole New York school reachable only by ferry, a short ride from the lower tip of Manhattan to Governors Island, a 70-hectare former military base where birds and trees greatly outnumber human visitors. The Urban Assembly Harbor School is located in a renovated Coast Guard building. A basketball court and a garden tended by students flank the entrance; inside, the rooms include a greenhouse, an aquaponics lab where tilapia and oysters are raised, and a boat-building workshop, where a sloop patterned on one that sailed the harbor in 1849 is under construction.
Electronic books have changed the way many people read. Now digital text books — educational volumes that are read online — are changing the way many students learn. The Washington region’s largest school system with 175,000 students has begun to use online course material for its middle-and high-school students. VOA’s June Soh reports.
About 18,000 Burmese refugees have come to the United States each year since 2007. The communities where they have settled have tried to help them assimilate. A school and company in Howard County, Maryland have forged a partnership to teach refugee children by helping their parents learn English. VOA’s June Soh has the story.
Author and educator Michael Eric Dyson is decoding the rhymes of rapper Jay-Z to teach students at Georgetown University about race, gender and poverty. But critics argue lyrics about swag and hustle have no place in higher education. (Dec. 2, 2011)
A private boarding school connected with the Hershey chocolate company says it was trying to protect other students when it denied admission to a Philadelphia-area teenager because he is HIV-positive. (Dec. 2, 2011)