A story from the Blunt Youth Radio Project about the rules at Maine's Long Creek Youth Development Center, which include no note passing. The young people there hate the rule and share their thoughts with youth reporter Jacorey.
Over the course of 13 years, Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson filmed their son’s progress through the elite New York City prep school called Dalton. As an African-American family in a predominantly white school, the years were challenging for everyone, as seen in the family’s documentary American Promise.
More than a million people drop out of high school each year. Rebecca Rose was one of them. She felt stymied in math class, and by high school decided to leave. But as an adult, Rebecca learned to work through her math phobia when she took GED courses.
In one study, 75% of school children reported being bullied at least once during the academic year. Terrance is a 12-year-old boy. He's smart, and he's also short for his age. The combination of both makes him a daily target for teasing. Terrance opens up to Dick about what really happens to him at school and the things he'd like the bullies to know. Also on the show: a teacher finds her way while far away from home.
Today, Dick Gordon talks to "Irving." Irving is an undocumented immigrant: he was born in Mexico, and came to the U.S. when he was in 4th grade. He had been struggling for a way to afford college - but then he found one. He just won a full college scholarship to Marquette University.
Dick speaks with a Los Angeles high school teacher who says a standarized test failed to evaluate the essence of her work, and to an upstate New York teacher who apologized to her students for giving them standarized tests.
Pilot Andy Loeffler has been a pilot for a major airline for almost 20 years despite post 9/11 pay cuts, the loss of his pension, and the bankruptcy of his airline. Andy realizes it's not stable, so while keeping his full-time job, he went back to law school.