Academic Minute

What do you think about when you hear the name Jack London? Probably American heroes and adventure stories. But the author was also a social advocate who championed the poor and railed against income inequality. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from the author of a new book on Jack London as an adventurer and social warrior.

We’ll also spend an academic minute looking at the influence of violent video games.

So, if you were with us last week, you heard the story of Riverview High School. The school was a pseudonym for an academically successful but racially divided school in the Midwest. Today, it’s a story of a different school…Mission High, a real school in the San Francisco Bay area that by all the metrics used to measure schools today is failing. But after spending a lot of time at the school, a reporter found out there was more to Mission High than met the eye. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from that reporter who spent four years at Mission High.

Ever drive down the road and pass one of those historical markers a lot of places erect and wonder what it's all about? You can do that a lot...and if you stopped at all of them you'd never really get anywhere. Not to worry, there's an app for that. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to the people behind Next Exit History, and learn how a stop for coffee on a road trip turned into nationwide historical database.

A recent study of business school across the country shows a consistent disparity in the gender of students enrolling in these programs. To put that in plain English: it appears there are more men than women who want to be accountants. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to a leading woman in the field and see if she sees the same thing happening in real life.

We’ll also hear about a class in college survival 101, find a community college that’s giving dropouts a second chance and spend an academic minute getting into shape by taking a nap.

I had a long, very enjoyable conversation with an elementary school principal last week as she was getting ready for the new school year. One topic we kept coming back to was dealing with students who have seizures in class…which is apparently a lot more common than you’d think. And it seems not all seizures are created equal.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll listen to a conversation with two doctors who specialize in Epilepsy, and see how this condition is affecting more and more lives.

We’ll also spend an academic minute getting into some heavy metal!

Nothing about sexual assault is easy…not even talking about it. But at colleges and universities across the country, that conversation is finally starting. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear how some schools are changing the rules of consent from no means no to yes means yes.

Then we’ll talk to three young women who have chosen to start a career in the military after high school…head to Afghanistan to see how refugees orphans are getting an education…and spend an academic minute with college returnees finally completing theirs.

The first time most of heard the word disobedience was probably in the classroom.

Speaking from personal experience, it was usually directed at the most interesting, or at least fun, members of the class. Obedience is an important part of classroom management for teachers, but there are times when disobedience can not only be helpful…it’s almost mandatory.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the author of a new book on intelligent disobedience.

Looks like summer’s in the home stretch and soon the Friday and Saturday night lights will be fired up all over the country and another football season will be underway. Student athletes of all ages from Pee Wee to Division One will be doing their best to be their best on the field. But for athletes of any age or experience level, that sometimes means taking performance enhancing drugs.

Rosewell Park Cancer Institute

If you have an important topic to teach a particular audience…it helps to not only know your audience, but to also know how to talk to them.

This culturally tailored educational approach is being used around the country to bring important information about health to a racially diverse population. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the director of one of these programs in western New York State, which just received two major grants to continue their work.

If you go by the raw numbers, it looks like children of minority families are more likely to end up in special education programs. But if we’ve learned anything over the years it’s that number don’t nearly tell the whole story. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the co-author of a new study on minorities and special ed and learn why most preconceived notions are probably really wrong.

We’ll also spend some time yawning at an academic minute…and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.