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Obama Continues to Support Year-Round School [Video]

end-summer-vacationIn this morning’s interview with Matt Lauer, President Obama addresses a topic that’s been hotly debated by students and educators alike: ending summer vacation.

Those in favor of ending summer vacation argue that not only will students learn more from having less time off, they would also forget less. Obama continues to support this idea, and he is also in favor of longer school days. Year-round school would particularly benefit low-income students who do not have access to the kinds of extra-curricular enrichment programs that more affluent students are able to attend during the summer.

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Students Who Start Kindergarten Sooner Are Less likely to Fail a Grade

matt-lauer-visits-kindergartenSixty-seven percent of 4th graders in the U.S. read below the national reading proficiency standard. Some educators feel that the problem starts much earlier, with kindergartners entering school without basic social and learning skills.

Matt Lauer of the Today show visits a school in Boston that’s trying to find a solution early. The Eliot school enrolls kindergartners at the age of four, rather than five. This younger class is called Kindergarten One, or K1, other schools call similar programs “pre-K.” Unlike a nursery school or daycare center, the kindergarten one teachers at the Eliot school must have their master’s degree in education.

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Matt Lauer Interviews Obama About Education [VIDEO]

obama-interview-matt-lauerMatt Lauer sits down with President Barack Obama this morning for an in-depth interview, as part of NBC’s week-long special on education, “Education Nation.”

NBC describes Education Nation as “a nationally broadcast, in-depth conversation about improving education in America.” The news network is hosting a two-day summit in New York City. Notable guests at the event include U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Harlem Children Zone’s CEO Geoffrey Canada, and president of MIT Susan Hockfield.

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