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From: Janet N., Fergus Falls, MN

I live on retirement and a part-time job, and need to watch my pennies. What would be helpful is a short-term support and encouragement group, made up of people from all economic levels, that meets once or twice a month to discuss best buys or grocery sales flyers coming out soon. Perhaps we'd also help with babysitting while a mother in the group is grocery shopping for the best buys discussed, or even accompany the young mother as she shops. I'm thinking that this group would help one another with food, clothing, transportation to employment, and shelter -- the basics. Other expenses can potentially be saved for.

One other thing to consider is the attitude of the person who is in poverty regarding being poor -- whether there's "entitlement" in their attitude. I believe that this feeling of deserving help worsens people's poorness.


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science-smart

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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  • 08.19.14

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    Paul Tough talks about his new book, How Children Succeed. He says it's character that matters when it comes to learning. Children need curiosity, optimism and self-control.
  • 08.12.14

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    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.
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