FROM Tamar Lewin
Online Learning: Past, Present and Future Two years ago at Stanford, a Massive Open Online Course attracted 160,000 students. MOOC's looked like the future of higher educatio n. The Internet would make college available to millions now going without it. Traditional college professors began to fear for their jobs. New research shows that MOOC's have not lived up to their promise, with very few students completing their courses. But, with millions invested, online learning is not going away. We hear how it's changing.
President Obama Announces Executive Action on Student Loans With the President's jobs bill dead in the Senate, he's been telling audiences about smaller measures he can take on his own. Today, at the University of Colorado's campus in Denver, it was a new program to lower payments on student loans . This, he said, would give students increased economic certainty while giving our economy a must-needed boost. Tamar Lewin is higher education reporter for the New York Times .
Disney Offers Refunds to Parents of Non-Geniuses George W. Bush praised Julie Aigner-Clark for creating Baby Einstein , the supposedly "educational" DVD's for children aged zero to 2. In 2003, a study revealed that one-third of all American babies between 6 months and two years of age had at least one of the videos. Babies reportedly are transfixed, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time at all for these infants, and now the Walt Disney Company is offering refunds to parents whose kids failed to become geniuses after all. Tamar Lewin reports on education for the New York Times .
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?