education

In its 30th season, and it's second season as a statewide competition, the televised high school quiz game "Matchwits" is a marvel of mental capacity and reflexes.  Produced at Pueblo's Rocky Mountain PBS affiliate KTSC, Scott Jones guides the tournament to its exhilarating climax. 

"These kids are very quick," said Jones.  "They only have three seconds to answer the questions."  Fifty schools started the competition last September, and the TV show features the top 16 schools in a single elimination tournament.

Nicholas Garcia, www.co.chalkbeat.org

Innovations and controversies on the Colorado education scene make this one of the most interesting regions of the country.  From the Colorado desk of the national education news site Chalkbeat, Nic Garcia visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with "The eight stories that changed Colorado's education landscape in 2014."

Apparently, we don't know it all when it comes to diversity.   The Fifth Annual Undergraduate Diversity Conference at the C.U. Boulder campus is Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.   James F. Walker, Ph.D., Co-chair, Diversity & Student Services Committee, and the Program for Writing & Rhetoric, visited with First Take to explain how diversity is often in the eye of the beholder.

"I don't think anybody feels like we're 'there' (regarding diversity on campus)," said Dr. Walker.  "The question is how do you create a campus and a climate that is continually improving."

Carlos and Steve took a morning off from our usual Tuesday, 6:35 a.m. brain starter quiz questions by interviewing Craig Eliot, host of Colorado's statewide high school TV game show, "Matchwits" (Sundays, 6:30 p.m. on Rocky Mountain PBS).

"Their timing is unbelievable," notes Eliot.  Contestants have five seconds from the instant they fire the buzzer to answer the question or lose points.  "Yes,  they are intimidating.  The crew and I look at each other and wonder, what we were doing  when we were in school?!"

Chalkbeat site more than a blog

Jan 28, 2014

From the controversy over testing, to the demands for accountability, Colorado is a "hot" location for education news.

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