PRX Education Specials to Air on WSQX Radio


College Choice: the Value of It All (PRX)
Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 10:00am
A long held mantra – that the best investment is a good education – is increasingly being called into question. In that context, NPR’s Robert Siegel set out to learn how nine bright and engaging college students feel now about the choices they made back then. We’ve gathered together the highlights of Robert’s reporting for All Things Considered into a single hour-long narrative, driven by these questions and these students.

Stuck at Square One: The Remedial Education Trap (PRX)
Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 10:00am 
When students go to college, they expect to be in college classes. But in fact, 4 in 10 students end up in basic remedial math and English, re-learning what they were supposed to learn in high school. The vast majority of them never get a college degree. What’s going on? Most people point to failures in the nation’s K-12 education system, but this documentary probes deeper, exploring how students are placed into these classes, what skills people really need to be successful in college, and how best to learn those skills.
Spare the Rod: Reforming School Discipline (PRX) 
Saturday, December 24, 2016 | 10:00am
A get-tough attitude prevailed among educators in the 1980s and 1990s, but research shows that zero-tolerance policies don’t make schools safer and lead to disproportionate discipline for students of color.
What It Takes: Chasing Graduation in High-Poverty High Schools (PRX)
Saturday, December 31, 2016 | 10:00am
There is virtually no way to make a legal living these days without at least a high school diploma. Still, nearly 20 percent of students don’t finish. Why? This documentary explores what students and teachers are up against in some of the nation’s poorest high schools. We document the progress that has been made at one former “dropout factory” and ask what it would take to help more kids succeed. And we visit one school that literally chases students down to get them to class so they can graduate.

ewriting the Sentence: College Behind Bars (PRX) 

Saturday, January 7, 2017 | 10:00am
For decades, the United States’ prison population has grown exponentially and today, more than two million Americans are incarcerated. But most people who enter prison eventually come out, and every year about 700,000 prisoners return to society. About half of those released will be back behind bars within three years. One of the best, most cost-effective ways to reduce recidivism is to provide education to inmates. In this documentary, we explore the history of educational programs in prison; examine their effect on incarcerated individuals and on society; and ask why they are not more widespread. We follow a class of imprisoned students trying to make their way through their first semester, from orientation through final exams. And we visit a women’s facility where a group of inmates, led by a former prison guard-turned-professor, have been publishing a body of research that’s changing historians’ understanding of the history of prisons.