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APM Reports Documentaries focus on Education

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Sep 6, 2018 10:01 AM

APM Reports' in-depth investigations and documentaries strive to raise awareness, trigger debate, and prompt positive change. APM Reports journalists shine light on the truth with distinctive reporting.  APM Reports (previously known as American Radioworks) recent docuementaries include a three part series on Order 9066 about Japanese American Incarceration in WWII.  

As another school year gets underway, WITF presents four new documentaries from APM Reports focusing on education.  Details about each program:

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Patrick Hughes of Queens, NY, is the son of Jamaican immigrants and an example of Stony Brook University's success launching low-income students into profitable careers.

Monday September 10 at 1:00pm - Are Colleges Helping Americans Move Up 

If you want to move up in America, go to college. That's the advice people get. And there's loads of evidence that a college degree will improve your economic prospects. But a new project by a group of economists shows that some colleges are doing a much better job than others when it comes to promoting social mobility. In fact, some colleges are doing more to exacerbate class divides than to help people move up. We visit a college coming to terms with its own role in perpetuating class divides and another that has long been a "mobility maker" - but is struggling to stay that way.

Tuesday September 11 at 1:00pm - Still Rising: Generation College Students a Decade Later

Mario Martinez and Katy Sorto were the first in their families to go to college. They started at community college in 2008 hoping to earn degrees, but the odds were against them. Both are from low-income families, they ended up in remedial classes, and they knew almost no one who had been to college. This APM Reports documentary tells their remarkable stories 10 years later and provides a rare window on the personal experience of trying to move up through education.

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Sheniah Everson, 17, is part of a youth apprenticeship program in Charleston, SC, that's giving her a jump on her nursing career.

Wednesday September 12 at 1:00pm - Old Idea, New Economy: Rediscovering Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are having a moment. Supporters on both the right and the left say the "earn while you learn" approach can help create a more skilled workforce, provide a path to solid, middle-class careers, and serve as a needed corrective to the "college for all" push that has left some students with piles of debt and no obvious career. In this APM Reports documentary, we ask: How can apprenticeships expand to include careers beyond the traditional trades and reach new populations searching for a foothold in the middle class?

Thursday September 13 at 1:00pm - Why Aren't American Kids Being Taught to Read? 

For generations, educators have fought about how kids learn to read and what that means about how they should be taught. Now, there is definitive evidence from neuroscience on how the brain learns to read and it suggests very different approaches to reading instruction than those that are commonly found in schools. This APM Reports documentary explores why the reading science is not making its way into American classrooms - or teacher preparation programs - and what can be done about it.

More information about the larger APM Reports series can be found here.  

These four APM Reports documentaries will preempt the second hour of Here and Now on WITF 89.5 and 93.3.

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