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Andrew Delbanco: "College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be"

The value of college in an era of rising tuition and high unemployment. A prominent cultural critic argues for a broadly humanistic model for higher education.

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Backyard Planet Gazing - The Transit of Venus

On June 5 at 6:03 p.m., Venus will appear as a small black dot floating across the surface of the sun. We explore the history and science of the Transit of Venus.

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Chronic Absenteeism: Public School's Forgotten Problem?

A new study says more than 7.5 million American students are missing substantial amounts of school each year.

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Fairfax Boy Advances In Spelling Bee Semifinals

A 10-year-old from Fairfax has advanced to National Spelling Bee's semifinals, and will find out tonight if he will be the $30,000 winner.

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Seattle Area Lacks Computer Science Majors

In Seattle alone, there are thousands of computer-related jobs waiting to be filled. But at the University of Washington, the number of bachelor's degrees in computer science is the same now as it was more than a decade ago. A lot of students have been rebuffed in their effort to major in computer science or computer engineering.
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Small Change In Reading To Preschoolers Can Help Disadvantaged Kids Catch Up

Researchers say that changing what 4-year-olds see and think about when a book is being read can improve kids' reading skills later on. The key: Focus their attention on the words instead of the pictures.
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Transfers Compromise Education Of Virginia's Military Children

Children of military families change schools nine times on average during primary school years, and special education students in particular see their education suffer for it.

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Why Indian-Americans Reign As Spelling Bee Champs

Indian-Americans make up less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, but they've won the last four National Spelling Bees and nine of the last 13. How has this tiny community become a spelling dynasty, and why are they so driven to win?

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