NPR: Eric Westervelt http://weku.fm en Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families http://weku.fm/post/maze-college-costs-and-aid-programs-trap-some-families In the past 20 years, the average burden for a four-year college graduate in the U.S. has gone from about $9,000 to nearly $30,000 today. The percentage of students carrying debt has shot up from less than half to nearly 70 percent these days.<p>At a large public high school in Freemont, Calif., southeast of San Francisco, Alyssa Tucker and Thao Le sit on a metal table. Both come from families with modest incomes.<p>Both are 17 and facing college this fall with anxious excitement. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:11:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 57281 at http://weku.fm Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't http://weku.fm/post/college-applicants-sweat-sats-perhaps-they-shouldnt With spring fast approaching, many American high school seniors are now waiting anxiously to hear whether they got into the college or university of their choice. For many students, their scores on the SAT or the ACT will play a big role in where they get in.<p>That's because those standardized tests remain a central part in determining which students get accepted at many schools. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:29:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 55749 at http://weku.fm College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age http://weku.fm/post/push-boost-computer-science-learning-even-early-age <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC5FbmsH4fw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaW3PAzHxCU</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:39:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 55715 at http://weku.fm A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core http://weku.fm/post/backlash-grows-against-common-core-education-standards Supporters of the new Common Core <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/19/169798643/new-reading-standards-aim-to-prep-kids-for-college-but-at-what-cost">education standards</a> adopted by 45 states say the standards hold American students to much higher expectations, and move curriculum away from a bubble-test culture that encourages test preparation over deeper learning.<p>But there's growing backlash to <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/05/198442307/education-reform-learns-lesson-from-old-standards">Common Core</a>, and conservatives and liberals increasingly are voicing similar concerns: t Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:30:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 54855 at http://weku.fm Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core Teacher Job Protections Vs. Students' Education In Calif. http://weku.fm/post/teacher-job-protections-vs-students-education-calif Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>To California now where a polarizing lawsuit goes to trial tomorrow. At issue, whether job protections for public school teachers undermines students' constitutional rights to an adequate education. The students and parents who filed the lawsuit say it could provide a model for challenging teacher protection laws in other states. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:41:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 54787 at http://weku.fm The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course http://weku.fm/post/online-education-revolution-drifts-course One year ago, many were pointing to the growth of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, as the most important trend in higher education. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:46:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 53825 at http://weku.fm The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course To Make Science Real, Kids Want More Fun http://weku.fm/post/make-science-real-kids-want-more-fun-and-fewer-facts Are American kids<strong> </strong>being adequately prepared in the sciences to compete in a highly competitive, global high-tech workforce? A majority of American parents say no, <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2013/dec/rwjf_npr_harvard_edpoll.pdf" target="_blank">according to a poll by NPR</a>, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>Nearly one-quarter of all parents said their child's school today doesn't put enough emphasis on science curricula. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:04:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 53266 at http://weku.fm To Make Science Real, Kids Want More Fun Parents Say School Security Has Increased Since Newtown Massacre http://weku.fm/post/parents-say-school-security-has-increased-newtown-massacre Most parents of elementary school-age children say their schools boosted security following last year's <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/167276841/shootings-in-newtown-conn">massacre</a> at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to a poll from NPR in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>The poll was the <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2013/dec/rwjf_npr_harvard_edpoll.pdf">first national survey</a> since the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/12/14/167276746/schools-have-become-more-secure-sinc Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:11:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 53160 at http://weku.fm These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes http://weku.fm/post/these-days-school-lunch-hours-are-more-15-minutes It's lunchtime at Oakland High School in Oakland, Calif., and that means fence hoppers. Several kids wear mischievous grins as they speedily scale a 12-foot-high metal perimeter.<p>In theory, anyway, Oakland High is a "closed campus." That's done in the interest of safety and security and to cut down on school-skipping. It means kids can't leave during school hours without parental consent, especially at lunchtime. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:05:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 52736 at http://weku.fm These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint http://weku.fm/post/charter-schools-philadelphia-educating-without-blueprint <em>This is final story in a three-part report on Philadelphia schools in crisis.</em><p>Shayna Terrell is in a good mood: It's report card night at the Simon Gratz Mastery Charter high school in North Philadelphia, and parents are showing up in good numbers.<strong> </strong><p>Terrell, Mastery's outreach coordinator, welcomes parents. Her goal on this night is to get 40 percent of Gratz parents to come to the school, meet teachers face to face, and get their child's report card. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:58:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 52224 at http://weku.fm Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint Unrelenting Poverty Leads To 'Desperation' In Philly Schools http://weku.fm/post/unrelenting-poverty-leads-desperation-philly-schools <em>This is the second in a three-part report on Philadelphia schools in crisis.</em><p>Philadelphia's Center City area sparkles with new restaurants, jobs and money. After declining for half a century, the city's population grew from 2006 to 2012.<p>But for people living in concentrated poverty in large swaths of North and West Philadelphia, the Great Recession only made life harder.<p>The overall poverty rate in the city dipped slightly in 2012 to 28 percent. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:11:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 52221 at http://weku.fm Unrelenting Poverty Leads To 'Desperation' In Philly Schools Duncan Apologizes For 'Clumsy' Common Core Remarks http://weku.fm/post/duncan-apologizes-clumsy-common-core-remarks Education Secretary Arne Duncan is in some hot water over remarks he made last week suggesting that opposition to Common Core of Standards was coming from "white suburban moms." He has since pulled back from those remarks. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:54:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 52121 at http://weku.fm Silicon Valley Trailer Park Residents Fight To Stay http://weku.fm/post/silicon-valley-trailer-park-residents-fight-stay Sunny Palo Alto, Calif., is awash in multimillion-dollar homes, luxury Tesla electric cars and other financial fruits from a digital revolution the city helped spark. The Silicon Valley city is home to Stanford University, at least eight billionaires, and one mobile home park.<p>Now, Buena Vista Mobile Home Park — one of the largest and one of the few remaining affordable housing options here — is threatened with closure. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:49:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 51400 at http://weku.fm Silicon Valley Trailer Park Residents Fight To Stay Germans Confront The Costs Of A Nuclear-Free Future http://weku.fm/post/germans-confront-costs-nuclear-free-future After Japan's Fukushima disaster last year, Germany announced a groundbreaking energy plan: It would phase out all of its domestic nuclear power in a decade and make a transition to safer, carbon neutral energy.<p>The goal is to have solar, wind and other renewables account for nearly 40 percent of the energy for Europe's largest economy in a decade, and 80 percent by 2050.<p>But already the revolutionary plan and its ambitious timeline are in doubt. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:49:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 31273 at http://weku.fm Germans Confront The Costs Of A Nuclear-Free Future Poland Watches Warily As Euro Crisis Spreads http://weku.fm/post/poland-watches-warily-euro-crisis-spreads One factor that has kept Poland somewhat insulated from the eurozone crisis is domestic consumer spending. Poland had more than 4 percent growth last year while the rest of the continent was mired in negative or flat growth. Poles have more discretionary income than ever before, and they're using it to buy things in swank malls cropping up all over the country.<p>"Consumer spending has risen significantly in recent years," says Miroslaw Borjarczyk, as he shops at Warsaw's Golden Terraces mall. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 07:29:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 31171 at http://weku.fm Poland Watches Warily As Euro Crisis Spreads Spain's Crisis Pushes Educated Into 'Economic Exile' http://weku.fm/post/spains-crisis-pushes-educated-economic-exile In Spain, the growing crisis — debt, austerity and joblessness — has prompted more people to vote with their feet. In the first six months of 2012, emigration from Spain is up more than 44 percent from the same period last year.<p>The Spanish government denies it, but the "brain drain" has become something of a flood with more and more educated, skilled Spaniards moving abroad.<p>Neurobiologist Elisa Cuevas Garcia from Madrid sips an iced espresso on a hot afternoon at an outdoor cafe in Berlin. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 09:58:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 30319 at http://weku.fm Spain's Crisis Pushes Educated Into 'Economic Exile' Jo Nesbo's Fiction Explores Oslo's Jagged Edges http://weku.fm/post/jo-nesbos-fiction-explores-oslos-jagged-edges The sun descends reluctantly over Norway's waterside capital, but novelist Jo Nesbo is determined to show Oslo's dark side, to convince me the real city, in parts, is as dirty, twisted and seedy as his own fictional version.<p>It's a tough sell in this city of bike helmets, clean streets and smiling blond people.<p>The author has written nine successful novels about the reckless Oslo police detective Harry Hole, a nonconformist with a mercurial mind.<p>Hole's most meaningful relationship is with bourbon, by the bottle. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:14:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 29985 at http://weku.fm Jo Nesbo's Fiction Explores Oslo's Jagged Edges The Next Silicon Valley? Berlin Startups Catching Up With The Hype http://weku.fm/post/next-silicon-valley-berlin-startups-catching-hype California's Silicon Valley remains by far the dominant arena for high-tech startups and venture capitalists looking to back innovative projects.<p>But Europe is starting to make its mark on the startup scene. London, Paris and Berlin are starting to hold their own as more and more European startups look to compete on the global stage and attract investors.<p><strong>A 'Crazy Green Field' For Creative Types</strong><p>Sometimes it seems like the entrepreneurial spirit of young Berliners is confined to slacker hipsters selling used clothes to each other. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 21:20:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 29306 at http://weku.fm The Next Silicon Valley? Berlin Startups Catching Up With The Hype Germany, Greece Face Off On Soccer Field http://weku.fm/post/germany-greece-face-soccer-field The eurozone will take a short break from its financial crisis to enjoy a sporting event. The soccer teams of Germany and Greece meet Friday in the quarter finals of the Euro 2012 championship in Gdansk, Poland. Germany's coach doesn't think political tensions will have an impact on the field. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:20:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 28463 at http://weku.fm Germany Resists Concessions To Greek Bailout Terms http://weku.fm/post/germany-resists-concessions-greek-bailout-terms The party that won Greece's parliamentary elections on Sunday has accepted the tough conditions international lenders imposed to bail out the ailing nation. But there's been talk that the party wants to seek some concessions on the terms of the rescue package.<p>At the G-20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated her tough line that bailout terms for Greece are not negotiable. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:18:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 28311 at http://weku.fm Germany Resists Concessions To Greek Bailout Terms A Party On The Rise, Germany's Pirates Come Ashore http://weku.fm/post/party-rise-germanys-pirates-come-ashore They don't have a plan to save the euro or draw down the war in Afghanistan, nor do they have clear policies on an array of issues, but the German Pirate Party is winning converts and elections with its vision of digital democracy through "liquid feedback."<p>Despite public relations mishaps and a haphazard organizational structure, the Pirate Party is shaking up the stolid, bureaucratic world of German politics and jolting rival parties with its rising popularity.<p>On Tuesday night in Neukolln, a disheveled yet trendy Berlin district, the Kinski Bar buzzes like it's the weekend. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 06:55:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 27584 at http://weku.fm A Party On The Rise, Germany's Pirates Come Ashore Stumbling Upon Miniature Memorials To Nazi Victims http://weku.fm/post/stumbling-upon-miniature-memorials-nazi-victims Brick by brick, Guenther Demnig is working to change how the Holocaust is publicly remembered in Germany.<p>On a recent afternoon, the 62-year-old Berlin-born artist is on his knees on a sidewalk in a prosperous section of Berlin's Charlottenburg district, working a hammer and small trowel. Thu, 31 May 2012 06:51:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 27276 at http://weku.fm Stumbling Upon Miniature Memorials To Nazi Victims For New French President, Germany Is First Stop http://weku.fm/post/new-french-president-germany-first-stop As soon as new French President Francois Hollande was sworn in on Tuesday, he observed a postwar custom and reached out to Germany, in a move intended to underscore European solidarity and the importance of the alliance.<p>But it wasn't a relaxing social visit. Hollande's plane was struck by lightning en route to Berlin and had to return to Paris as a precaution. He then took another plane.<p>And Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have different views on how to extricate Europe from its worst postwar financial crisis. Tue, 15 May 2012 20:43:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 26509 at http://weku.fm For New French President, Germany Is First Stop Europe's Austerity Plans Face Growing Backlash http://weku.fm/post/europes-austerity-plans-face-growing-backlash A political crisis in Greece and economic woes in Spain are again raising concern about the future of the eurozone.<p>In Athens today, Greek politicians tried again and failed to form a coalition government, though talks are ongoing. There is growing fear that Greece will not be able to remain in the currency union and avoid defaulting on its debts.<p>In Spain, the health of the banking sector is in doubt as street opposition to painful budget cuts continues there and in other parts of Europe. Mon, 14 May 2012 20:15:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 26443 at http://weku.fm Europe's Austerity Plans Face Growing Backlash Confessed Killer Of 77 Goes On Trial In Norway http://weku.fm/post/confessed-killer-77-goes-trial-norway Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now, the man who has confessed to carrying out Norway's worst peacetime atrocity goes on trial today. Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing extremist, raised his fist in a Nazi-style salute after bailiffs removed his handcuffs in the courtroom. Breivik has told authorities he acted to protect Norway from Muslims. The rampage in Oslo and at a youth camp left 77 people dead and dozens injured. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 08:00:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 24955 at http://weku.fm Norway 'Still Shattered' As Extremist Goes On Trial http://weku.fm/post/norway-still-shattered-extremist-goes-trial Norwegians will be confronted again this week with the terrible details and trauma of the worst peacetime attack in the country's history.<p>Police say last July 22, Anders Behring Breivik set off a car bomb in the center of Oslo near government offices. The blast killed eight people and spun residents and police into a state of chaotic alarm and confusion.<p>The bombing was a deadly diversion that allowed the right-wing extremist to then make his way to the small bucolic Island of Utoya. Sun, 15 Apr 2012 10:02:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 24917 at http://weku.fm Norway 'Still Shattered' As Extremist Goes On Trial Homelessness Becomes A Crime In Hungary http://weku.fm/post/homelessness-becomes-crime-hungary Hungary's new anti-vagrancy laws — the toughest in Europe — now mean that homeless people sleeping on the street can face police fines or even the possibility of jail time.<p>Advocacy and human-rights groups are alarmed by the new efforts to crack down on and effectively criminalize homelessness, where the ranks of the needy have increased during the country's dire financial crisis.<p>Debt, joblessness and poverty are on the rise. Fri, 06 Apr 2012 19:20:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 24530 at http://weku.fm Homelessness Becomes A Crime In Hungary The Secret To Germany's Low Youth Unemployment http://weku.fm/post/secret-germanys-low-youth-unemployment For as long as he can remember, German teenager Robin Dittmar has been obsessed with airplanes. As a little boy, the sound of a plane overhead would send him into the backyard to peer into the sky. Toys had to have wings. Even today, Dittmar sees his car as a kind of ersatz Boeing.<p>"I've got the number 747 as the number plate of my car. I'm really in love with this airplane," the 18-year-old says.<strong> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 07:06:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 24358 at http://weku.fm The Secret To Germany's Low Youth Unemployment Euro Countries Vote To Save Greece From Default http://weku.fm/post/euro-countries-vote-save-greece-default Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE: 25" FirstFeed="N"><TranscriptTitle>Euro Countries Vote To Save Greece From Default</TranscriptTitle><Transcript><Turn Speaker="RENEE MONTAGNE" SpeakerRef="MONTAGNE" Descriptor="HOST" IdRef="1"><Fragment StartTime="11:10:01">It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. ]]></Fragment></Turn><Turn Speaker="STEVE INSKEEP" SpeakerRef="INSKEEP" Descriptor="HOST" IdRef="2"><Fragment StartTime="11:10:04">And I'm Steve Inskeep. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 09:00:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 21799 at http://weku.fm Wary Of Another Greek Bailout, EU Procrastinates http://weku.fm/post/wary-another-greek-bailout-eu-procrastinates Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>The Greek economy continues to suffer. It's been another painful week for that country starting Sunday when thousands of people demonstrated outside of parliament, and rioters torched buildings in Athens. Greek lawmakers passed harsh new austerity measures despite those protests, and still, Greece's European partners refused to approve the new bailout that the Greeks need to avoid default. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 13:00:00 +0000 NPR: Eric Westervelt 21723 at http://weku.fm