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U of O Education Expert Takes On China

Jan. 8, 2015 8:30 p.m.

The University of Oregon education professor Yong Zhao's latest book, "Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Dragon?" is a critique of the Chinese education system.

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Princeton President Says Elite Higher Education Is Good Value

Dec. 15, 2014 8:30 p.m.

Chris Eisgruber is visiting Oregon, where he went to middle and high school, to meet with alumni and talk about the value of higher education.

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Educating Landlords On A New Fair Housing Law

Nov. 4, 2014 8:15 p.m.

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries is conducting statewide trainings to get landlords up to speed on a new fair housing law.

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Rethinking Elite Higher Education

Aug. 12, 2014 7:06 p.m.

Portland writer William Deresiewicz argues in his new book, "Excellent Sheep," that America's system of elite colleges is bad for students — and society.

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Oregon Tech Education

Nov. 18, 2013 8:40 p.m.

A recent survey of Oregon technology industry executives indicates a growing concern over the quality of tech education at the state's universities.

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Professor Yong Zhao On How To Educate Globally Competitive Students

Oct. 1, 2013 7:30 p.m.

We'll talk with University of Oregon education professor, Yong Zhao, about how schools could be educating students to be creative and innovative thinkers.

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Nancy Golden Talks About How To Improve Education In Oregon

Oct. 9, 2013 7:06 p.m.

We talk with Nancy Golden, Oregon's new Chief Education Officer, following Rudy Crew's departure.

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Oregon's First Education Officer: Rudy Crew

July 3, 2012 4:30 p.m.

During the 2011 legislative session, Governor John Kitzhaber pushed through a bill that makes the governor the superintendent of public instruction. The bill requires the governor to appoint a deputy superintendent to run the education department and oversee the schools. Last month, Kitzhaber named former head of New York City schools, Rudy Crew, as his chief education officer. Crew began his job this week. Crew has a long history in public education. He spent four years each as the head of the New York City and Miami-Dade County school systems. But both positions ended on bad terms due to disagreements with the school boards. But the appointments were not without achievements such as reducing overcrowding and improving test scores.

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Rudy Crew on Education Goals

Aug. 8, 2012 7:35 p.m.

Rudy Crew is only about a month into his new job as Governor Kitzhaber's first chief education officer. However, he's already taken a forceful position on statewide achievement goals, saying they're too soft. We'll talk with him about the new "achievement compacts" and how he'd like to see school districts more aggressively raise their goals for year-on-year improvement.

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What Can Montessori Teach Public Education?

Aug. 2, 2013 7:35 p.m.

Portland is hosting the 2013 International Montessori Congress this weekend. The Congress is held every four years, but this is the first time in over four decades that it's been held in an American city. Some argue that the Montessori philosophy is incompatible with the way America has structured its public education system, but a handful of schools are trying to make it work. One of the major differences between public education and Montessori schools is Montessori schools don't grade and tend to downplay, or totally avoid, standardized testing. These differences, along with a pressure to conform to state standards can be a point of friction for Montessori schools trying to operate in public districts. But the schools also focus on character education, which is something critics of the American education system point out as a blindspot in how we educate our kids. That approach has led some public districts across the country to try to adopt Montessori systems in their schools.

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