To Combat COVID, Fort Lewis College Embraces Navajo Principle of Kinship

Oct 11, 2020

Colleges around the nation are struggling to reopen safely. Fort Lewis College in Durango has turned to Navajo students in its public health program to develop a plan that resonates with cultural values around mutual responsibility.

Mark Duggan

Gov. Jared Polis has urged schools to reopen since May, but as school comes back to session in Colorado, about half the state's K-12 students are attending districts that are starting online. School districts received vague and conflicting guidance from the state and were under intense political pressure from all sides. When coronavirus cases rose in the summer, school districts faced a kind of snow day decision from hell.

Luna Anna Archey/High Country News

This story originally appeared on High Country News. It’s part of their ongoing series, “Gen Z West,” exploring what life is like for youth in the Western United States and how this emerging generation shapes the region.

The Sunday Special Looks at Wilderness Schools

Sep 10, 2015
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A new documentary, Beyond the Blackboard: Building Character in Public Schools, looks at the history of Outward Bound and other forms of “Expeditionary Learning.”

The Sunday Special: What Every American Should Know

Aug 12, 2015

Join us this Sunday afternoon at 5 for a show on cultural literacy, from the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival.