What is the fastest growing segment of American education?
You will probably be surprised to hear that it is homeschooling, which is growing by some estimates at seven percent a year. While religion is still the biggest factor in why parents home educate, there are many other reasons including anything from a focus on science to just spending more time together as a family.
KCPT’s special correspondent Sam Zeff has been looking into this education expansion in our region.
Next Tuesday night at 9 p.m., PBS joins forces for the first time ever with the phenomenon known as TED to build a whole show out of talks centered around one topic—education.
Randy Mason sits down to discuss this year’s TEDxKC with the event’s organizer, Mike Lundgren. Tickets for the event will go on sale in July. TEDxKC 2013 will be held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on August 20 and the theme will be Impossible: We Can Change The World If We Defy The Impossible. If all goes as planned, this will be the biggest TED event ever, knocking the event at the Sydney Opera House from the top spot.
Tickets will certainly sell out quickly, but KCPT will once again be taping the event for broadcast. Stay tuned for more details.
We are all becoming increasing aware of the crippling impact of Alzheimer’s disease, but what if you could double your chances of maintaining a healthy brain for the rest of your life by following a few common-sense lifestyle suggestions? Researchers at the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, one of just 29 National Institute of Aging designated Alzheimer’s Centers in the country, are receiving international attention for a radical new way of thinking about the memory ravaging condition.
KU scientists are exploring the big difference that simple diet and exercise can make in how well your brain ages. Did you know that 90 percent of what’s now known about Alzheimer’s disease has been discovered in the last 15-years? Doctors at KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center are always looking for volunteers to help them conduct research. Adults of any age with Alzheimer’s Disease or Mild Cognitive impairment, as well as all healthy adults without memory problems ages 60-and-over are eligible.
Also, you can wear your favorite hat, watch the run for the roses and help the Kansas University Alzheimer’s Disease Center raise money all at the same time this Saturday in downtown Kansas City. The Derbyfest runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Maker’s Mark in the Power and Light District. Tickets cost $35 apiece, and walk-ups are welcome.
All proceeds from the 2013 Kentucky Derby Fest will stay right here in Kansas City to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
This week we finish up with the tale of Gertrude, an injured turtle that found safe passage to Kansas City’s Sea Life Aquarium a couple months ago. Our friends Dave Simmons and Tom James followed Gertrude’s progress from Florida to the Midwest.