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The Science of Smart

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Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers - $13,424.99 spent on 10 trips
31.1% spent on Democratic Party
12.1% spent on Independent Party
56.8% spent on Republican Party

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
January 5, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - To meet auto industry executives and attend the North American International Auto Show in Detroit
Total Cost - $1,217.82

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
January 8, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV - Detroit, MI
Purpose - to represent the Commerce Comm. at a CEA conference
Total Cost - $1,542.06

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
January 4, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (3 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Fact-finding mtg. In Detroit, MI
Total Cost - $1,917.63

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
January 5, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - fact-finding meeting
Total Cost - $737.89

CARPER, THOMAS R - Democratic Party
January 3, 2004 - January 4, 2004 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Fact finding meeting in Detroit, MI
Total Cost - $1,554.79

STEARNS, CLIFFORD B - Republican Party
January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Fact-finding trip to learn more about current issues facing automobile industry
Total Cost - $1,770.00

HAGEL, CHARLES T - Republican Party
August 16, 2004 - August 17, 2004 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $442.20

GONZALEZ, CHARLES A - Democratic Party
January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Fact finding trip
Total Cost - $1,606.20

RUSH, BOBBY LEE - Independent Party
January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Three day fact finding meeting
Total Cost - $1,620.40

KILDEE, DALE E - Democratic Party
January 6, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (1 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Tour of the North American Automobile show
Total Cost - $1,016.00

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. Research shows bilingual people can have learning advantages over monolingual people. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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    Paul Tough on how children succeed

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  • 08.12.14

    Tracking and vocational ed

    Jeannie Oakes, who has studied tracking for decades, says vocational ed and "tracking" are connected, and that sorting students by race and class is still a problem.
  • 08.04.14

    Reinventing college for a new kind of student

    Long-predicted demographic changes mean a new kind of student is figuring out where to go to college, and how to pay for it.
  • 07.29.14

    Is school funding fair?

    A new report looks at why some schools have a lot of money to spend per pupil, while others don't, and what to do about it.