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Education issues in mid-Missouri.

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Exam - Social Media Can Lead to Negative Consequences for Youth
Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat have more in common than just social outreach—they harm young girls’ self-perceived body image. Studies show the more adolescent females see unrealistic body types and filters, the more likely they will suffer from low self-esteem or poor self-confidence. Toronto, Canada’s York University Professor of Psychology Jennifer Mills and Ph.D. student Jacqueline Hogue recently released their study which found “actively engaging with attractive peers’ social media causes worsened body image in young adult women.”
May 06, 2019
Exam - Columbia School Board Welcomes New Members, Says Goodbye to Old Members
Columbia School Board election winners Della Streaty-Wilhoit and Blake Willoughby were sworn into their positions on the board Monday night, after a handful of months campaigning and one victorious night celebrating. Streaty-Wilhoit and Willoughby are replacing retiring members James Whitt and Jan Mees, who stepped down from their positions Monday. Whitt and Mees both acknowledged they experienced a learning curve when first placed on the board and had some advice for the incoming members.
Apr 15, 2019
Exam - Assistant Professor Follows Dreams, Inspires Others Through Fashion
Stephanie Carlo followed her dream of being in the fashion world by assisting designer Gustavo Arango in Puerto Rico. While working under his wing, Carlo’s friend recommended her for a teaching position at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Carlo spoke briefly to the recruiter and decided to follow a new passion of hers: teaching. Carlo packed her bags and left her entire family on the island to teach fashion design and product development, among other courses, at the all-womens college. Her weekdays consist of teaching back-to-back classes and meetings, but her work isn’t limited to Monday through Friday. On weekends, Carlo helps her students with their collections on her own time.
Apr 08, 2019
Exam - Columbia School Board Candidate Wrap-Up
April 2nd is General Municipal Election Day and many mid-Missourians will head to the polls to vote for city council members, school board members, mayors and some areas like Southern Boone, Cole County and Fayette will vote on a few different proposals. Here on Exam, we have spoke with the three candidates running for Columbia Public School's Board of Education: Della Streaty-Wilhoit, Blake Willoughby and Jay Atkins. On today’s episode, we are going to recap those conversations.
Apr 01, 2019
Exam - Columbia School Board Candidate Conversation with Jay Atkins
Columbia Board of Education candidate Jay Atkins said if he could imagine a perfect school district, it would be one that had 100 percent literacy at the third-grade level. For Atkins, who has three children in the Columbia Public Schools and a fourth that will soon enter, literacy is on the top of his campaign agenda. He said he decided to run because he wanted to be more involved and make sure schools are under proper stewardship.
Mar 18, 2019
Exam - Columbia School Board Candidate Conversation with Blake Willoughby
Blake Willoughby is the youngest candidate for the Columbia Board of Education, by a sizeable margin. While some might see this as negative, Willoughby sees this as one of his greatest advantages. “I bring a fresh perspective of being a young, community engaged, artist-educator,” Willoughby said. “I am the closest in age to understanding what our kids are navigating when they graduate high school and become life-ready.”
Mar 11, 2019
Exam - Columbia School Board Candidate Conversation with Della Streaty-Wilhoit
Ardella Streaty-Wilhoit, or more commonly known as Della, is passionate about educating youth. She describes herself as a family woman first and candidate for the Columbia Public School’s Board of Education second. “I got up one morning, and I just simply told my husband, you know, I think I will file for school board,” Streaty-Wilhoit said. Her shoulders shook as she laughed about the out-of-the-blue assertion. Streaty-Wilhoit grew up in a household of 12. Her parents instilled in her and her siblings that education is wealth, and there are no shortcuts. Streaty-Wilhoit took this advice seriously. She earned her PhD in Food and Natural Resources at MU at 50 years old.
Mar 04, 2019
Exam - MU Graduate Student Communicating Science for NASA
MU graduate student Marlee Baldridge did not major in science, she does not have any scientific background nor did she ever participate in lab work. Baldridge, though, spent her fall as an intern for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Even with a lack of professional science training, Baldridge’s main job as a NASA communicator was to take the science the scientists researched and translate it for the general public to understand. “Goddard helped build the James Webb space telescope which is said to launch in the 2020s and it is the most powerful telescope we’ve ever built,” Baldridge said. “It can see so far, it can see light so old, it’s near the beginnings of the universe. So we describe it not just as a telescope to people, we describe it as a time machine because it’s going to let us understand how the universe actually formed.”
Feb 26, 2019
New Program Prepares Offenders for Life After Prison
The last time Joseph Johnson was a free man, the world was different. It was 1994 – Bill Clinton was president, Michael Jordan was playing baseball, and The Lion King was the year’s highest-grossing movie.
Dec 10, 2018
Holocaust Survivor Speaks About the Importance of Kindness
The numbers 48689 might seem just that—numbers. But to Sonia Warshawski they are a reminder of all the suffering she has endured. They sit there, engraved in blue ink on her left arm, a symbol of the horrific events she experienced during the Holocaust. Sonia recently recounted her story to students and members of the public at Hickman High School in Columbia. Of her family of five, only Sonia and her sister survived. Her mother, father and brother were all killed. "I was liberated in Bergen-Belsen. And this was on the German soil," Warshawski said. "They had only one crematoria. There are thousands and thousands of people dying every day. When I came there and seeing, you know, people half dead and schlepping all those dead bodies, no one in this world will ever be able to visualize." At almost 93, Sonia is one of the last Holocaust survivors in the Kansas City area who speaks about her experiences. "I couldn't speak about it for long time," Warshawski said. "I could not. I felt even
Oct 26, 2018
MU Graduate Students Facilitate 'Healing From Racial Injustices'
It’s been three years since the nation watched student activist group Concerned Student 1950 protest structural racism at the University of Missouri. Many of the issues spotlighted then, such as MU’s perceived reluctance to acknowledge the history and contributions of people of color, still persist today. This can be traumatizing and invalidating for the 17 percent of non-white students on campus, especially when the modes of racism are invisible to their white peers. But two MU psychology doctoral candidates, Yoanna McDowell and Jonathan Ferguson, are working to alleviate that stress.
Oct 24, 2018
Missouri Maestro Mentors Young Musicians
Columbia’s classical music scene is growing and thriving, thanks to Missouri Symphony director Kirk Trevor. But Trevor’s work doesn’t stop with professional musicians. On a Monday night at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia, Kirk Trevor conducts an orchestra of about 30 elementary and middle school students. He is joined by two symphony member coaches and a handful of parents, eager to listen to their children play. The students are practicing for their next performance in two weeks.
Oct 17, 2018
EdX Keeps Local Teachers in Columbia
Amid a national teacher shortage, a wave of teachers’ strikes last spring spotlighted some of the ongoing problems for the teaching profession, such as low pay and limited classroom resources. On top of that, a recent poll found that for the first time since 1969, just over half of American parents don’t want their children to pursue a teaching career. The Missouri Constitution prohibits teachers from striking, but just because they aren’t speaking out, doesn’t mean schools here don’t face many of those issues. With some of the lowest teacher salaries in the country, recruiting and retaining qualified teachers is a challenge , said Paul Katnik, assistant commissioner for educator quality at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Oct 02, 2018
House Bill Aims to Increase STEM Awareness
Two weeks ago, the Missouri state Legislature passed House Bill 3, which will create new policies to promote STEM education across the state. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. According to the Pew Research Center, STEM careers are some of the fastest-growing jobs in the country. Since 1990, employment in STEM occupations has grown 79 percent . But in Missouri, there’s a supply problem.
Sep 28, 2018
Rock Bridge Dedicates Football Stadium Renovation
Columbia Public Schools and Rock Bridge High School dedicated the renovation of the school’s football stadium last Friday. The $6.4 million project was paid for with funds from a 2014 voter-approved bond issue and renovated the press box, concession stand, restrooms, bleachers and track. KBIA's Mitch Legan was there, and he sent an audio postcard from the Bruins' game against the Lee's Summit West Titans.
Sep 18, 2018
Bird Scooters Causing Headaches for College Towns Across U.S.
If you’ve visited downtown Columbia recently, you’ve probably seen them. They’re big and they’re grey, with a white stripe down the front. And they’re not very fast – when they’re really flying, they top out at about 15 mph. They’re Bird scooters, and they’re popping up in college towns across the U.S. Uninvited. The electric rental scooters have been in town for the past three weeks after the company Bird Rides chose Columbia to be part of its “University Pop-Up Tour.” Bird didn’t approve the scooters with Columbia before bringing them to the city. MU spokesperson Liz McCune said the university wasn’t informed, either. “It just seemed like overnight there were several dozen of the scooters on campus,” McCune said. “This company seems to go ahead and move forward with their plans and ask for forgiveness later. And that is not a business strategy that we welcome.” Currently, Bird is applying for a Columbia business license. Young adults tend to be at the front of the pack when it comes
Sep 12, 2018
University Staff Under Strain, Says Climate Survey
The University of Missouri conducted a campus climate survey about a year after the resignations of former MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and former UM System President Tim Wolfe. Faculty, staff and students at the Columbia campus were asked questions about their experiences with discrimination, support from campus administration and overall work and study environment. Nearly ten thousand people responded. The results suggested a lack of institutional support for students and employees, especially hourly staff. At a town hall held in mid-September to discuss the survey, MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright said that the sub-par findings were not unexpected.
Oct 09, 2017
EXAM: Is Charter School Expansion Still Possible in Missouri?
A Missouri House bill that looked to expand charter school options across the state didn't make it through the Senate in May, but the issue of expanding charter schools in Missouri could return in future legislative sessions. Right now, charter schools are allowed only in Kansas City, St. Louis, and under limited conditions in other parts of the state. Missouri House Bill 634 aimed to change that. It passed the House, but didn’t make it out of committee and to a vote before the Missouri Senate adjourned. Legislators are free to pick up the issue again next session. But what exactly is a charter school?
Oct 04, 2017
Exam - Down Economy Has Many Farmers Looking For Agronomists’ Advice
As another harvest season wraps up, Midwest farmers are once again facing low commodity prices amid enormous supplies. And when they recover from the long days bringing in the grain, they will eventually sit down with their books and try to figure out how best to farm again next year.
Dec 05, 2016
Exam - Missouri's Migrant Families Face Challenges While Striving to Send Children to College
The farms that straddle both Missouri’s Interstate 70 — which connects the state’s two most populous cities, Kansas City in the west and St. Louis in the east — beckon migrant workers in search of a better quality of life.
Nov 29, 2016