Eric Westervelt http://www.kplu.org en Giving Boys A Bigger Emotional Toolbox http://www.kplu.org/post/giving-boys-bigger-emotional-tool-box <em>This story is part of the </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america" target="_blank">Men In America</a>"<em> series on All Things Considered.</em><p>Is America's dominant "man up" ethos a hypermasculine cultural construct, a tenet rooted in biological gender difference or something in between?<p>Educator Ashanti Branch doesn't much care or, more accurately, doesn't have time to care.<p>He's too busy trying to make a difference in boys' lives.<p>Boys in American public schools are suspended from and drop out of school at higher rates than girls. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:57:48 +0000 Eric Westervelt 17398 at http://www.kplu.org Giving Boys A Bigger Emotional Toolbox Rethinking The Commencement Speech Tradition http://www.kplu.org/post/rethinking-commencement-speech-tradition <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/14/312524021/can-anyone-speak-at-a-college-graduation-anymore">Speakers bow out amid protests</a>. Colleges continue their obsession with celebrity speakers.<em> </em> As <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/19/311861694/what-we-learned-from-the-best-commencement-speeches-ever">this year's graduation season</a> churns on,<strong> </strong>is it time to rethink this once noble tradition that many schools now see as a marketing opportunity? <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 22 May 2014 17:11:03 +0000 Eric Westervelt & Sami Yenigun 16773 at http://www.kplu.org Rethinking The Commencement Speech Tradition As More Speakers Get The Boot, Who's Left To Send Off Graduates? http://www.kplu.org/post/student-protests-force-string-commencement-speaker-shake-ups Graduation Season? Wed, 14 May 2014 20:55:44 +0000 Eric Westervelt 16568 at http://www.kplu.org As More Speakers Get The Boot, Who's Left To Send Off Graduates? Some Common Misconceptions About Paying For College http://www.kplu.org/post/some-common-misconceptions-about-paying-college In reporting on students <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/25/293870089/maze-of-college-costs-and-aid-programs-trap-some-families">navigating the maze</a> of college costs and financial aid, I kept running into misconceptions about paying for a degree. Here are some of the most common ones:<p><strong>Low-income students get most of their college financial aid needs met and rich kids don't have to worry, so it's mainly the middle class that gets squeezed. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:10:53 +0000 Eric Westervelt 15282 at http://www.kplu.org Some Common Misconceptions About Paying For College Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families http://www.kplu.org/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 13:03:33 +0000 Eric Westervelt 15267 at http://www.kplu.org Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't http://www.kplu.org/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 16:55:07 +0000 Eric Westervelt 13757 at http://www.kplu.org College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age http://www.kplu.org/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 19:28:29 +0000 Eric Westervelt 13728 at http://www.kplu.org A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core http://www.kplu.org/post/common-core-education-standards-face-bipartisan-backlash 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 16:56:57 +0000 Eric Westervelt 12960 at http://www.kplu.org Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core The next Silicon Valley? Berlin startups catching up http://www.kplu.org/post/next-silicon-valley-berlin-startups-catching 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 22:23:50 +0000 Eric Westervelt 5551 at http://www.kplu.org The next Silicon Valley? Berlin startups catching up The Secret To Germany's Low Youth Unemployment http://www.kplu.org/post/secret-germanys-low-youth-unemployment-answers-washington 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 15:47:46 +0000 Eric Westervelt 4644 at http://www.kplu.org The Secret To Germany's Low Youth Unemployment Facing Deadlock, Libyan Rebels Struggle To Regroup http://www.kplu.org/post/facing-deadlock-libyan-rebels-struggle-regroup In key Libyan cities, anti-government rebels have been unable so far to dislodge forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, despite help from airstrikes and a no-fly zone from the Western coalition. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 1356 at http://www.kplu.org Facing Deadlock, Libyan Rebels Struggle To Regroup