Audio Extras (cover)

A selection of our recent audio commentaries and first-person stories.

The Spoken Word (Window Media file | MP3 file)
May 2006. Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, talks about the importance of the arts in education and more about the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. (4:40). Read the related story.

The Turning Point (Window Media file | MP3 file)
May/June, 2006. Maureen Wanket, a freelance writer and an English teacher in Sacramento, California, recalls how a reading of The Catcher in the Rye changed her perspective (8:01). Read the related story.

War and Remembrance (Windows Media file | MP3 file)
March/April, 2006. Susan Van Kirk, a veteran educator in Monmouth, Illinois, recalls her experiences as a young high school teacher during the Viet Nam War (12:05). Read the related story.

Math Desperation in India (Windows Media file | MP3 file)
March/April, 2006. Writer Vaishali Honawar talks about her reporting trip to India, where she examined the national interest in mathematics education (5:38). Read the related story.

Boys to Men (MP3 file)
January/February, 2006. Dennis Donoghue, a 6th grade teacher at Salisbury Elementary School in Massachusetts, recounts how a health video sparked an unexpectedly frank classroom discussion on sexuality (7:30). Read the related story.

Difficult Times for Teachers in Kenya (Windows media file)
September, 2005. Writer Bess Keller discusses her assignment in Kenya, where educators are dealing an extreme lack of resources and battling the spead of AIDS (15:42). Read the related story.

What is to be done when facilities are falling apart and there isn’t enough money to modernize them?, ask William D. Eggers and Tiffany Dovey.
September 26, 2007 – Education Week

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