Exploring Issues in Education

Jul 19, 2019

Wednesdays in September at 7 p.m.
From APMReports, WVXU presents three weeks of documentaries that delve into issues facing the nation's educational system.

Covid on Campus
September 10 at 8 p.m.

The coronavirus pandemic represents the greatest challenge to American higher education in decades. Many colleges and universities are closing or dramatically cutting their offerings. Students’ lives and academic plans are in turmoil. It is a time of intense difficulty, risk, and potential promise. This special report will explore issues facing institutions, students, and families.

What the Words Say: Why So Many Kids Don’t Understand What They Read
September 17 at 8 p.m.

Everyone agrees that the goal of reading instruction is for children to understand what they read. The question is: how? Emily Hanford explores what reading scientists have discovered about reading comprehension and why poverty and race can affect a child’s reading development. We meet parents who are desperately searching for schools where their children will be taught how to read, and teachers who are learning new things about how reading comprehension develops.

Black at Mizzou: Confronting Race On Campus
September 24 at 8 p.m.

In 2015, Lauren Brown left her mostly Black Chicago neighborhood for the University of Missouri. Moving to a predominantly white college was a huge shock, made even more difficult by the racial harassment she faced that fall. That same semester, the campus erupted in protests that made international news after several instances of racial harassment set off a Black student-led movement to change the school.

Lauren Brown is our guide to what students call “Black Mizzou,” a campus within a campus — fundamental to Lauren’s decision to ultimately graduate from the school and to holding administrators accountable for change today.