April 14, 2013 Forty-five states have adopted the Common Core State Standards. Proponents say these new guidelines will significantly improve what is taught and how students are prepared for college and work. Skeptics say it's a misguided effort to create the first-ever national curriculum and tests.
April 14, 2013 CPRAt Alice Terry Elementary School in Colorado, a music teacher decided the students should occasionally have a "silent" lunch break. No talking, just listening to live music. Ami Hall says hearing new sounds makes children curious, which then carries over into other subjects.
April 14, 2013 Christina Baker Kline's new novel incorporates a true piece of American history. One of the book's protagonists, an Irish orphan, is packed onto a train and sent to the Midwest. In real life, "orphan trains" were intended to save children from the streets, but sometimes resulted in near-slavery.