How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers

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For decades, schools have taught children the strategies of struggling readers, using a theory about reading that cognitive scientists have repeatedly debunked. And many teachers and parents don't know there's anything wrong with it.

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Keeping uprooted kids in school

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A documentary from APM Reports and the Educate podcast.

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The children in the fields

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Thanks to a loophole in U.S. child labor laws, farmworker kids can pick crops as young as age 10. But education offers a path out of poverty, if the kids can stay in school.

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The growing crisis of homeless kids

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They sleep in cars, motels and relatives' houses, and they're more likely to drop out of school and spend their lives in poverty. Due to the lack of affordable housing, the U.S. has more of these children than ever before.

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Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

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At Georgia State in Atlanta, more students are graduating, and the school credits its use of predictive analytics. But critics worry that the algorithms may be invading students' privacy and reinforcing racial inequities.

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New U of M head to focus on budget and student health

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University of Minnesota's first female president says she wants to focus on budget and student mental health.

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More than 400 sexual assaults reported on MN campuses; fewer than half investigated

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Of 416 total cases reported to Minnesota colleges and universities, 40 percent were investigated by the institutions, according to recently released state data. Experts say it may signal positive changes in the reporting process.

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Minnesota nurse's student loan debt seeps into all facets of life

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Hattie Lombard, a nurse in the southwest metro, finds her student debt affecting all big decisions in her life.

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Aspen Ideas Festival: Tara Westover's memoir 'Educated'

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Tara Westover speaks at the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival about her best-selling memoir, "Educated."

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Clemmie Fleming becomes second major witness to recant in Curtis Flowers case

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She says she felt pressured to testify against Curtis Flowers in all six trials.

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S2 E15: Revelations

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It's been 11 days since the U.S. Supreme Court threw out Curtis Flowers' conviction. And the story has taken yet more surprising turns since. In recent days, there have been three other significant developments, including new details from a key witness, that may change Flowers' fate.

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Where was Willie James Hemphill on the morning of the Tardy murders?

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His alibi didn't check out.

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Willie James Hemphill's long criminal record

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During nearly 30 years of crimes, he's shown a quick temper, and a penchant for daytime robberies and violence against women.

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Aspen Ideas Festival: 'How to be an Antiracist'

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Historian Ibram Kendi says we've had racial progress in America, and simultaneously we've had racist progress.

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What do you really know about the Revolutionary War?

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Author Rick Atkinson brings America's war for independence to life with "The British Are Coming," the first book in his new trilogy about the Revolutionary War.

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