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September-October 2011

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Chicago Charter Schools Aim to Lift Urban Education

The University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute runs charter schools and uses innovative practices to provide inner-city children a pathway to college.

9/11 Memorial: Ground Zero as Dark Tourist Site

Visitors are expected to flock to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum when it opens, even as memories of that day fade away.

Rescuing the Rural Edge — It Takes a Village

New planning initiatives protect agriculture and nature, while still accommodating growth.

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As if Commercials Weren’t Bad Enough Already

Do we really need to smell the items featured in TV programming? A materials expert has created a function for your TV or portable device that can generate thousands of odors.

 

‘If a Tree Falls’ Revisits the Earth Liberation Front

PBS looks at the radical environmentalists whose turn to terrorism discredited their quixotic campaign in “If a Tree Falls.”

 

Work-Life Balance Benefits Low-Wage Workers, Employers

A growing body of research reveals myriad benefits — for employers and employees alike — when company policies promoting work-life balance are offered to low-wage workers.

 

Rescuing the Rural Edge — It Takes a Village

New planning initiatives protect agriculture and nature, while still accommodating growth.

 

9/11 Memorial: Ground Zero as Dark Tourist Site

Visitors are expected to flock to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum when it opens, even as memories of that day fade away.

 

Old Money Caught in the Great Redistribution

How the recession transfers wealth from the old to the young.

 

Beyond PTSD: Soldiers Have Injured Souls

Now that modern militaries accept that war creates psychological trauma, therapists wonder about its toll on the spirit.

 

The Greening of Angela Merkel

German Chancellor (and physicist) Angela Merkel did a 180 on nuclear energy after Fukushima, setting off an “energy revolution” in the process.

 

Humayun Finding Medical Advances in Plain Sight

Mark Humayun taps the burgeoning field of bioelectronics to help the blind to see and the lame to walk.

 

Profile: Reddy Stayed Steady During Gulf Oil Spill

Marine chemist Christopher Reddy offered dispassionate and scientific analyses of the Gulf oil spill last year when others were losing their heads.

 

Teaching Kids to Love Nature (and Buy Less Stuff)

A new book, “The Failure of Environmental Education,” says schools are failing to teach kids how to save the planet.

 

Teaching Religious Literacy in California’s Bible Belt

A Central California community has added a fourth “R” to the core curriculum in its public schools: Religion. Sociologist Emile Lester answers our questions about the experiment.

 

Bridging the Budget Gap With Stolen Lunch Money

Results of a survey from the American Association of School Administrators shows how K-12 school officials across the country made cuts to their schools’ programs.

 

Showing Where Community Colleges Pass, Fail

As the fall semester begins, we look at some of the ways community colleges are meeting — or failing to meet — the needs of their students.

 

Bad Teachers Improving With Help From Peers

How one California school district turns bad teachers over to their peers to help them improve their skills and save their jobs.

 

Chicago Charter Schools Aim to Lift Urban Education

The University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute runs charter schools and uses innovative practices to provide inner-city children a pathway to college.

 

Teacher Collaboration Gives Schools Better Results

The world’s best school systems depend on teacher collaboration, but the concept has not caught on in the U.S. We found schools where teamwork is making a difference.

 

What Would Diane Ravitch Say?

Diane Ravitch, the former assistant U.S. secretary of education, tells Miller-McCune what she thinks about No Child Left Behind now.

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Diversity Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Perception of group diversity depends on the race of the observer and the extent to which they worry about discrimination.

Psychopathic or Just Antisocial? A Key Brain Difference Tells the Tale

Though psychopaths and antisocial people may seem similar, what occurs in their brains isn’t.

Common Knowledge Makes Us More Cooperative

People are more inclined to take mutually beneficial risks if they know what others know.

How a Shift in Human Head Shape Changed Everything

When did homo sapiens become a more sophisticated species? Not until our skulls underwent "feminization."

Journalists Can Get PTSD Without Leaving Their Desks

Dealing with violent content takes a heavy toll on some reporters.

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