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NPR Ed
8:39 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Commencement Mashup: The Speech In 8 Easy Steps

Dick Costolo, Amy Poehler and Neil deGrasse Tyson all appear in NPR's commencement speech mashup.
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Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 1:59 pm

A noble institution? A good show? A tedious quarter-hour of lame jokes told under the hot sun? The American commencement address can be all of these things.

We skipped and slogged through 50 of the most popular commencement speeches on YouTube - looking for inspiration, wisdom, amusement, corny jokes and clichés - to bring you this mashup of highlights and lowlights.

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"setting up that child for failure"
6:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Fallin Vetoes Bill That Would Have Helped Third Graders With Reading Problems

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have made it easier for school districts to promote third graders who may not be reading at grade level.

Fallin vetoed the bill on Tuesday, saying that allowing students who can't read to advance to the fourth grade is "setting that child up for failure."

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NPR Ed
3:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Anatomy Of A Great Commencement Speech

Comedian and actress Amy Poehler addresses Harvard University's graduating class of 2011 on the school's campus, in Cambridge, Mass.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 9:20 am

It's that time again — graduation season. And that means next week or last week or right this very minute, some 7 million students in the U.S. and lots of doting parents have to sit through a commencement speech.

If you're stuck listening to a particularly bad one — or just need an inspiration infusion — the NPR Ed Team has sifted through hundreds of past speeches (going all the way back to 1774) and built an online database of the very best.

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Education
3:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Young Poet, Big Prize: A Conversation With The Sophie Kerr Winner

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 7:16 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This year's Pulitzer Prize for poetry carries with it a cash prize of $10,000. The National Book Award for poetry, same amount, $10,000. That's just a little context for the whopper of a prize that Alexander Stinton just won for his poetry. Stinton is a graduating senior at Washington College on the eastern shore of Maryland and the prize that he won last week is the Sophie Kerr Prize.

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Your Money
10:19 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Wait! Don't Spend That Graduation Cash Just Yet

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 11:26 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Let's turn now to matters of personal finance. Graduation season is here, and many newly minted graduates are hoping that there's more in those cards than the well wishes of aunts, uncles and godparents. Yes, we're talking money. There's likely to be a $20 bill or two for high school grads and, perhaps, some more serious cash for those who are finishing college or graduate school.

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NPR Ed
8:40 am
Tue May 20, 2014

The 25 Most Promising Graduation Speeches Of The Year

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

Every year, for the past eight years, I've read hundreds and hundreds of graduation speeches, all told more than 1,000.

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NPR Ed
8:28 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Is This Any Way To Pick A College?

This dog went to a top-ten college...for dogs.
Martha T Flickr

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 2:31 pm

There are more than 7,000 colleges in the U.S., and 21.8 million students enrolled in them. That's potentially 21.8 million opinions about what makes a school "the best."

The penalty for a bad choice can be huge. The cost of a degree continues to soar, graduation rates vary widely from college to college, and a growing body of evidence suggests that picking a supposedly "top" school doesn't necessarily pay off later in life.

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Sent to governor to sign into law
4:21 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Bill To Oversee OSSAA Passes House

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The Oklahoma House has passed legislation supporters say will bring more accountability and transparency to an organization that oversees thousands of high school athletes and participants in other extracurricular activities.

The House voted 59-30 for the Senate-passed bill and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:35 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Panel Explores How To Make History Vital To 21st Century Education

(L-R): Kyle Harper, Ronald White, Allen Guelzo, Joan Waugh, Ed Ayers, Vernon Burton, John Wilmerding.
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During the University of Oklahoma’s 2014 “Teach-In on the Civil War,” each speaker gathered on stage for a panel discussion about Freedom in America and Civic Education, moderated by OU interim provost and director of the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage Kyle Harper.

Richmond University President Ed Ayers says in order to ensure its vitality, the humanities need to play offense, rather than defense.

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Oklahoma Watch
10:47 am
Mon May 19, 2014

$80 Million K-12 Increase May Have Limited Impact On Per-Pupil Funding

Clifton Adcock Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma could add $80 million to K-12 education funding in a budget deal announced by Gov. Mary Fallin Friday, but it’s unclear how it will impact Oklahoma’s per-pupil funding levels.

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