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Studying Love

Feb 14, 2013

In the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated or scorned by many, but what is love like around the world? William Jankowiak, professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and author of Intimacies: Love and Sex Across Cultures, joins us to talk about love across cultures.

It may be hard to remember, but the 2008 election broke racial and gender norms for politics. With President Obama, Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton among the presidential and vice-presidential candidates in both major parties, the idea of race and gender was a common discussion. But what did that election mean to those who didn’t, and couldn’t vote?


Monica Sandreczki / KCUR

The redevelopment of each closed school building in Kansas City, Mo. tends to draw a small group of concerned residents.  And that was the case for the old Bingham Junior High School property, at 77th and Wyandotte in Waldo. Until Walmart came knocking.

University Of Kansas Changes Core Curriculum

Feb 4, 2013
Monica Sandreczki

Starting this fall, basic curriculum requirements will change for undergraduates at the University of Kansas.  As of now, each school – whether it is the School of Health Professions or the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – sets its own requirements.  Some are pretty extensive and specific. Each student might have to take the same basic math, or western civilization class, for example.

Some question the relevance of classes that aren't connected to their major.

Play Takes New Meaning In Kansas City IT Venture

Feb 1, 2013
Dan Verbeck / KCUR

A collection of Missouri corporations have added a million dollars to a similar federal grant creating what’s being labeled the, “Digital Sandbox.”

School Choice

Jan 23, 2013

With education options more diverse than ever, some parents are eschewing the standard public school system.  With this choice, comes the debate on where taxpayer dollars should be going.

Salman Khan thinks he's seen the future of education and it involves more student-teacher interaction, more technology, and more creativity.

Examining Early Childhood Education

Jan 18, 2013
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ABC and 123: They’re the basics of early childhood education, but the way kids learn these is up for debate.

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Johnson County Community College president Terry Calaway surprised more than a few people in October when he announced that he would step down come August.

Surviving The College Application Process

Jan 15, 2013

Most of the time, the long and winding road of choosing a college is forgotten in the subsequent years of hazy academic exploits.  But for most high school seniors, this time of year is an involved process that can lead to anxious days and sleepless nights.

Looking To The Future At UMKC

Dec 18, 2012

Leading a large university is no cakewalk, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City is no exception.

KU Lobbies To Save Research Grants

Dec 17, 2012
Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Amid negotiations in Washington to year end avoid budget cuts and tax hikes, universities are lobbying against grant reductions.

The historic Donaldson House in Kansas City, Mo. is slated for demolition on December 19. It's something that's been in the works for at least a decade.

Alex Smith / KCUR

The news is filled with stories about the success and struggles of the Kansas City, Missouri School District, but the metro area contains dozens of districts, each with its own story to tell.

Alex Smith / KCUR

The Kansas City, Missouri school district gets all the press, but school districts all over the metro area deal with big challenges. This year has been one of the toughest ever for Missouri’s very first school district, Hickman Mills.

Funding Cuts Could Impact UM System

Dec 4, 2012
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Sequestration, or the automatic across-the-board funding cuts set to kick in nationwide at the beginning of 2013, will tally nearly $110 billion in cuts over the next nine years.

The Kansas Board of Education could develop a set of recommendations for teaching cursive writing in Kansas schools.

Michael Petrilli

Often parents seeking to give their children an education filled with diverse racial and socioeconomic peers struggle to find schools that are also high-achieving.  Michael Petrilli and Dr. Lawson Bush give insights into overcoming this sometimes daunting challenge and the varying merits behind its thinking.

Campus Censorship & The Decline Of Critical Thinking

Nov 7, 2012

College enrollment in the United States is at an all-time high.  But as these students seek a higher education, are universities inhibiting critical thinking and free speech?

Kansas Army Base Hosts Shariah Class

Oct 30, 2012
Alex Smith / KCUR

In Kansas, the Islamic code of laws called Shariah has drawn a lot of suspicion and debate during the past year.

Saving Public Education In America

Oct 28, 2012
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What will transform America's public high schools?

KC History: Wornall/Majors House Museums

Oct 25, 2012
Iknowthegoods

You've driven past those historic houses in Kansas City, and no doubt they've piqued your curiosity.  What's inside?  Who once lived there?  And how do these places figure into our area's history?

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The Kansas Board of Education voted not to include ACT test scores used in three districts in the state's official report card provided to the federal government.

Lee’s Summit Student Website Ruling Reversed

Oct 18, 2012

A Kansas City federal judge has been directed to make another attempt at settling a dispute between the Lee’s Summit School District and two students suspended after a blog caused a furor. A federal appeals panel has rejected a preliminary injunction against the 180 day suspensions of twin brothers.

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Twin brothers suspended earlier this year from Missouri’s Lees Summit North High School for disruptions allegedly caused by a website they created have lost an appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Alex Smith/KC Currents

For the past several months, a group of mostly 30-something parents have gathered at a coffee shop in Waldo with plenty of babies and toddlers in tow. 

Vratil Crosses Party Line, Endorses Democrat

Oct 3, 2012

Retiring Kansas moderate Republican State Senator John Vratil has crossed party lines to endorse Democrat Mike Delaney in the 11th Kansas Senate District.

Adult Studio Art Classes / ACT, SAT Prep

Sep 26, 2012
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During the first half of Wednesday's Central Standard, a discussion about broadening artistic learning opportunities for adults.

Then later in the hour, since it's that time of year for students... we'll talk about preparing for the ACT and SAT. Hear about a program aiming to level the playing field with college prep services for local low-income and underprivileged students.

Tomorrow's College: How Higher Education Is Changing

Sep 20, 2012

Even with the price of tuition reaching record highs, going to college might be more common than ever. However, less than 10 percent of students actually finish with their bachelor’s degree by age 24.

Why are so many students struggling, or dropping out? Just who is shaping the future of higher education?

During the first half of Thursday’s Central Standard, we learn how today's college is changing. Education reporter Emily Hanford stops by to talk about her radio documentary series Tomorrow’s College.

2nd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

Demographers predict that by the year 2050, African-Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, Latino/Hispanics, and Native Americans will constitute the majority of Americans.

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