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At a Loss for Words
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Airs Sunday, September 15, 2019, at 6 p.m. There’s an idea about how people read words that’s deeply embedded in teaching practices and curriculum materials widely used in elementary school classrooms. This idea has been disproven by cognitive scientists, yet it continues to be taught in teacher preparation programs, promoted in professional development sessions, and marketed by publishers. This APM Reports documentary investigates where the idea comes from, why it holds on, and how it harms kids.

Airs Sunday, November 18, 2018, at 6 p.m.
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, just months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced from their homes on the West Coast and sent to one of ten "relocation" camps, where they were imprisoned behind barbed wire for the length of the war. Two-thirds of them were American citizens.

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Airs Sunday, September 18, at 6 p.m. Kids who are suspended or expelled from school are more likely to drop out and more likely to wind up in prison than kids with similar behaviors who are not kicked out. Schools are struggling to reduce suspensions and to find other ways to make sure classrooms are calm and safe. We visit St. Paul, where parents and teachers complain that kids who should be disciplined are disrupting classrooms and causing chaos.

Airs Sunday, September 11, at 6 p.m. When students go to college, they expect to be in college classes. But in fact, 4 in 10 students end up in basic math and English, re-learning what they were supposed to learn in high school. The vast majority of them never get a college degree. What’s going on? Most people point to failures in the nation’s K-12 education system, but this documentary probes deeper, exploring how students are placed into these classes, what skills people really need to be successful in college, and how best to learn those skills.