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Midday: School test scores and child development

Posted at 10:10 AM on November 15, 2006 by Bill Wareham (12 Comments)

At 11 a.m., Education Commissioner Alice Seagren will be in the studio with Gary Eichten to answer MPR listener questions about the latest test results for Minnesota students. The scores released today are down from last year in both reading and math, but officials note this is the first year using this particular test, which some people claim is more difficult. See Laura McCallum's story for more details.

At noon, child development expert Dr. Mel Levine, speaking at the Chautauqua Institution about how children learn. Dr. Levine is professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina and co-founder of an institute called "All Kinds of Minds."

Comments (12)

I enjoyed hearing the brilliant Dr. Mel Levine after hearing Education Commissioner Alice Seagren. Top notch programming. Thank you.

Posted by Ken Hirsch | November 15, 2006 1:11 PM

I tried to listen to your interview with Alice but I have this pet peeve about grownups that speak like teenagers. What I mean is every other word is um or ah. She said um or ah about 20 times every minute. You would think that with a college education a person in this position could speak decent english. She might as well say duh instead of um or ah.

Posted by Lee | November 15, 2006 6:34 PM

I enjoyed Dr. Levines speech on How Children Learn. However, I had to leave my car radio for a business appointment. Is there a way to get a transcript of that speech? My 3 children are all very different learners and was very intrigued by the portion of the speech I was able to hear.

Posted by S Hoffman | November 16, 2006 11:57 AM

I was in and out of the car during Dr. Levine's program. I was so interested I ended up sitting in parking lot to listen. I second the request of S Hoffman. I would very much appreciate a transcript for all of my teacher friends who are looking for help.

Posted by Joan B. Carvalho | November 17, 2006 2:26 PM

I too would like a transcript of Dr. Levine's speech.

As a former teacher, I believe that he is so correct about so many things. All educators and parents should hear him.

Posted by Charlene Streff | November 18, 2006 11:59 AM

My doctor told me about Dr. Levine's program during my checkup. I am a member of the QTN R (Quality Teaching Network - Reading) which comes from the Minnsota State Department of Education. I too would like a transcript of Dr. Levine's speech. It sounds as if it should be shared throughout the state.

Posted by Sue Klund | November 19, 2006 4:57 PM

We cannot provide speech transcripts, but the audio is still available online here.

More information on Levine and his institute are available here.

Posted by Bill Wareham | November 21, 2006 3:10 PM

I guess I can't add a hyperlink to comments, so let me give you the addresses that you can copy and paste into your browser.

For audio of the Midday speech:

For more info on Levine and his institute:

Posted by Bill Wareham | November 21, 2006 3:13 PM

Can you please advise how I can get a tape of
Dr. Mel Levine's talk given on Nov. 15th over
MPR - it was outstanding.

Posted by Mary M. Burke | November 21, 2006 4:07 PM

Dr. Levine was outstanding. I would also like a transcript or audio copy of his lecture.

I would often like to purchase something of interest like this from MPR, is there a reason that these things are not avaiable for a fee?

MPR is a fantastic part of my life!

Posted by Carol Jean Peterson | November 22, 2006 5:13 PM

It's just too costly for us to provide text transcipts of speeches. The demand isn't there to make it affordable.

I would suggest that Levine's organization might be able to oblige if he worked off of notes. Their web site is

Even the demand for audio transcriptions is so low that it's cost prohibitive. However, you can get hear the speech via the audio stream link at

I'm happy that so many people found this Midday program valuable.

Posted by Bill Wareham | November 22, 2006 5:26 PM

It's nice to see the comments of others. I'm happy to see that so many people felt similar to me about Dr. Levine's speech. I've told so many people about it; I am glad that others can listen to it via audio stream. Thanks, Kikie

Posted by kikie wright | February 16, 2007 6:54 PM