Back to School

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As the smell of fruit medley, boxed mashed potatoes and patty meat drifts back into the lives of millions of young Americans, we're teaming up with reporter Paul Tough to ask a question so big it sounds crazy: just what are we teaching our kids? No, seriously. And what is missing? The answer, it turns out, involves Simon Says, marshmallows, rats — and research that could be reshaping the way American kids learn. That and more, this week.

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Ira Glass