How Can We Create Safety and Justice for AAPI Community? 0 (0)

From Above the Noise. Since the pandemic began, attacks and discrimination against Asian-Americans have skyrocketed. But why? Well, these communities are being blamed for the coronavirus and former President Trump didn’t help when he referred to it as the “China virus” and “Kung flu.” Anti-Asian hate crimes grew nearly 150% in major US cities and…

Is Your School Racist? 0 (0)

From Above the Noise. Whether you want to admit it or not, racism is a problem in schools across the country. Student reporters from @PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs at Oakridge High School in Conroe, Texas pitched us the idea to make a video exploring racism in schools. So we worked with them to produce…

Can Wild Animals and Humans Coexist in an Urban World? 0 (0)

From Above the Noise. Celebrate Earth Day with the newest episode from @It’s Okay To Be Smart! https://youtu.be/f2evaLaDvCI Hit the SUBSCRIBE button! And follow us on Instagram and Twitter! https://www.instagram.com/abovethenoisepbs/ https://twitter.com/ATN_PBS Check out the PBS Digital Studios Earth Day playlist! https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnNZYWyBGJ1F8ofFm4H9UTrHxqU8zngK4 The pandemic has created what scientists call the anthropause, which is a large slowdown…

Is It Time For You To Ditch Meat and Dairy? 0 (0)

From Above the Noise. People are turning to flexitarianism for many reasons. Producing a lot of meat and dairy has a big effect on climate change. Eating a lot of meat and dairy is also problematic for animal welfare, our health, and food security. Learn more about the pros and cons of eating meat and…

Distance Learning Isn’t All Bad… Is It? 0 (0)

From Above the Noise. The coronavirus is taking a toll on folks physically and mentally all around the world. As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, students are working virtually as the majority of schools nationwide are doing some form of distance learning. We teamed up with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs at Black…

Should We Fight Wildfires With…More Fire? 0 (0)

From Above the Noise. Living with catastrophic wildfires has become an unfortunate reality for many residents of the United States, particularly in the West. And climate change has made the fire season even longer and more intense than previous years. Deliberately setting “good fires,” or prescribed burns, could help prevent future fires by clearing away…

Your School is Watching You Online…Should They? 0 (0)

From Above the Noise. Despite schools being the safest they’ve been in over 30 years, more and more schools have turned to surveillance–facial recognition cameras, apps that track movements, and software that monitors email and social media accounts–in the name of safety. And the tug of war between student privacy and surveillance wages on while…

Surviving the 2020 Election: Checking In 0 (0)

From Above the Noise. The ramp up to the 2020 presidential election has been, well…stressful. The political divide was in full effect, and America is on edge. Our host, Myles Bess, reflects on the year leading up to the big day — and asks our audience how they are dealing with this historic moment. TEACHERS:…

Is There A Right Way To Protest? 0 (0)

From Above the Noise. Protests can be peaceful one minute. Chaotic the next. And can even turn violent a minute after that. This episode looks at not WHY people protest, but HOW. Is there a right way to protest? TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on KQED Learn, a safe place for middle and…

How Do Masks Really Help Us? 0 (0)

From Above the Noise. In the earlier days of the coronavirus pandemic, there was a lot more confusion about whether people should wear masks to protect themselves and others from the virus. Here’s why recommendations have changed – even for kids and teens – and how they help keep COVID-19 in check. TEACHERS: Get your…

What Does Defunding the Police Mean for Schools? 0 (0)

From Above the Noise. As protesters around the country demand racial justice and a re-examination of policing in communities, the conversation has also spread to schools — with many asking if police should be on campuses. TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on KQED Learn, a safe place for middle and high school students…

Corona and College Applications: What Will Change? 0 (0)

From Above the Noise. If you’re in high school and plan on going off to college at some point in the next couple years, the coronavirus has put YOU in UNCHARTED territory. Pass-fail grades, delayed SATs, and cancelled extra curriculars can put a GIANT question mark on your college application. How will the coronavirus impact…

Survival Guide: How to Handle Family Stress 0 (0)

From Above the Noise. Family really getting to you? You’re not alone. Even as stay-at-home orders are loosening, you’re probably spending way more time at home than you’d like to be. This can lead to some family tension—especially between teens and parents. Myles Bess talks to some experts about how to keep the peace with…