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Part 10: The Meaning of High School

From: WUNC
Series: Daily Lessons: Inside Western Guilford High School
Length: 07:54

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We conclude our series from Western Guilford High School in Greensboro. A team of reporters visited Western over the course of six months?. getting to know students, teachers and administrators. The goal was to better understand the challenges facing all high schools by looking closely at one school. We heard about the pressures of growth and increasing diversity, the impact of testing, the frustration teachers feel, the push to put more students in advanced courses?and to prepare them for college and the realities of a changing economy. But our reporters also came away from Western with a strong sense of the people who are part of the school, and who define its character. We end with this sound montage of their voices ? and some thoughts on what high school means to them. Read the full description.

Wghs_small "Daily Lessons: Inside Western Guilford High School" is a ten part documentary series about a public high school in Greensboro, North Carolina. A team of reporters spent six months at the school to document how a ?typical? high school is dealing with some daunting new realities. Similar challenges face schools across the country. ? Expanded testing requirements: Complying with the federal ?No Child Left Behind Act? and the North Carolina ?ABCs of Public Education? means tests, tests, and more tests. The result is a radical shift in the traditional rhythms of high school and big changes in what students are learning and how teachers are teaching. ? A worsening teacher shortage: North Carolina needs 10,000 new teachers annually to fill classroom vacancies, yet the state?s teaching colleges are only turning out 3,000 a year. At the same time, many new teachers burn out quickly, and veteran teachers are increasingly frustrated with the direction of public education, and wondering whether they?ll stay. ? Demographic change: NC has one of the fastest growing immigrant populations in the nation, meaning schools have to figure out ways to teach thousands of students whose first languages can be Spanish, Tagolog, Urdu or Arabic. Supporting those students, helping them learnEnglish, and making sure they pass standardized tests, is a challenge for high schools. ? A radically changed economy: The manufacturing and agriculture jobs that once fueled the North Carolina economy are fast disappearing, replaced by jobs that require more skills and higher education. Some educators say high schools must prepare all students for college. Others say high schools can?t forget students who might not be headed for higher education. "Daily Lessons: Inside Western Guilford High School" was produced for the series "North Carolina Voices: Studying High School" on North Carolina Public Radio ? WUNC. The series originally aired in May 2006. For more about the series, please visit http://wunc.org/voices This is an all sound piece. Intro attached. Feel free to edit Intro.

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Part 1: Welcome to Western Guilford (08:13)
From: WUNC

We begin a series to better understand the challenges facing all high schools by looking closely at one school: Western Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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Five Promos for "Daily Lessons: Inside Western Guilford High School" (02:31)
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Five 30 Sec promos for high school series
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Part 2: Freshman Academy (08:16)
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Part 3: The Home Team (07:59)
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Part 4: What Are Kids Learning? (08:07)
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Part 5: What Are You Going to Be When You Grow Up? (08:02)
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Part 6: Tests, Tests and More Tests (07:54)
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Part 7: AP or Not AP? (07:35)
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Part 8: The Future of Teachers (08:03)
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Part 9: Card #10 (Sue) (08:09)
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"Daily Lessons: Inside Western Guilford High School" is a ten part documentary series about a public high school in Greensboro, North Carolina. A team of reporters spent six months at the school to document how a ?typical? high school is dealing with some daunting new realities. Similar challenges face schools across the country. ? Expanded testing requirements: Complying with the federal ?No Child Left Behind Act? and the North Carolina ?ABCs of Public Education? means tests, tests, and more tests. The result is a radical shift in the traditional rhythms of high school and big changes in what students are learning and how teachers are teaching. ? A worsening teacher shortage: North Carolina needs 10,000 new teachers annually to fill classroom vacancies, yet the state?s teaching colleges are only turning out 3,000 a year. At the same time, many new teachers burn out quickly, and veteran teachers are increasingly frustrated with the direction of public education, and wondering whether they?ll stay. ? Demographic change: NC has one of the fastest growing immigrant populations in the nation, meaning schools have to figure out ways to teach thousands of students whose first languages can be Spanish, Tagolog, Urdu or Arabic. Supporting those students, helping them learnEnglish, and making sure they pass standardized tests, is a challenge for high schools. ? A radically changed economy: The manufacturing and agriculture jobs that once fueled the North Carolina economy are fast disappearing, replaced by jobs that require more skills and higher education. Some educators say high schools must prepare all students for college. Others say high schools can?t forget students who might not be headed for higher education. "Daily Lessons: Inside Western Guilford High School" was produced for the series "North Carolina Voices: Studying High School" on North Carolina Public Radio ? WUNC. The series originally aired in May 2006. For more about the series, please visit http://wunc.org/voices This is an all sound piece. Intro attached. Feel free to edit Intro.

Broadcast History

This series was designed to fit into the local broadcast of Morning Edition (D segment). It could work in ATC as well.

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http://wunc.org/voices/highschool/studying-high-school