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How Do National Championship Foes Alabama and Clemson Really Compare?
Higher Education

How Do National Championship Foes Alabama and Clemson Really Compare?

Most analysts compare defensive lines, secondaries, quarterbacks and ground games. But the Southern Education Desk decided to look at other facts about these two southern universities.

Time for serious discussion in JohnMark Edwards' eighth-grade social studies class at Phillips Academy in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Alabama / Teaching Tough Topics

Teaching Tough Topics: The Real History of the South

Teaching subjects that trigger strong emotions and political divides is challenging. In the South, many of those fault-lines — racial, religious and otherwise — are intimately tied to its history. This week the Southern Education Desk is exploring how teachers tackle tough topics. Our Alabama reporter starts with an overview of some the major challenges, and some of the ways teachers can get around them. Please note this report contains language some might find offensive.

Kenyetta Windmon-Smith, one of about two dozen students involved with the Alabama REACH program, between her finals outside the University of Alabama's Ferguson Student Center. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Alabama / Audio / Foster Care To College Series / Special Coverage

From Foster Care To College: A Little Help Improving The Odds

Whether it’s summer, spring, or fall term, some young people have trouble adjusting to campus life. College students coming from foster care face extra hurdles: 70 percent want to get a degree, but roughly three percent graduate by age 25. For the third and final part of our series “From Foster Care To College: Extra Help For Extra Hurdles,” reporter Dan Carsen recently went to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa to learn about a new program that’s trying to better the odds.

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Alabama / Summer Learning Series / Video

Teaming Up To Fight Summer Learning Loss

Summer Learning Loss is a serious issue and one that’s been making national headlines lately. Studies have shown that most students lose about two months in math skills over the summer and low-income children lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains. That’s why education officials in state and across the country are stressing the importance of keeping kids engaged over the summer. And one summer camp program in the Birmingham area is doing just that.

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Alabama / Audio

Carsen On Takeovers, Tuition, Digital Districts & More

Clearly, just because school is out doesn’t mean the Alabama education beat is slowing down. The question on many people’s minds is, what’s going on with Birmingham City Schools and the imminent state takeover? WBHM’s Tanya Ott interviews Southern Education Desk reporter Dan Carsen on that, tuition increases, “digital districts,” and a grant meant to make cancer treatment more cost effective.