Points North, Ep. 18: Getting a good education

Jun 20, 2019

This week on Points North, a good preschool education can lead to success later in life. As Michigan officials push to enroll more kids in programs, poor funding and infrastructure get in the way. Plus, we celebrate the teachers who have impacted your lives.



Preschools face uphill battle in northern Michigan
The Leelanau Children’s Center in Leland had 30 preschool students this year, but it’s struggling to stay open.
Credit Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

A four-decade study from the HighScope Educational Research Foundation found that kids who went to high-quality preschools grew up to have higher incomes and IQs than those who didn't. But some local preschools are struggling to make ends meet, and families in northern Michigan can’t find programs that work for them.

Learn more about what makes it challenging and some possible solutions. 

The teachers who shape us

Diana Lyon-Schumacher teaching statistics to high schoolers. She retired this month after 39 years.
Credit Morgan Springer / Interlochen Public Radio

Favorite teachers leave a lasting impact. When Chris Campbell talks about his band teacher from Bay City, he gets choked up.

“At a time in high school when things were pretty boring, there was one hour a day where we got to make music with Mr. Kramer. It was really the best hour of the day,” he says.

Betsy Emdin remembers her high school English teacher, Mike Rosinski, from Cedar.

“I was a pretty one-dimensional person. … He put me into three-dimensions,” Emdin says.

Diana Lyon-Schumacher’s high school students say she helps them understand math better than most, teaching with clarity and pushing them to correct the answers they get wrong so they can better solve problems. Mrs. Schu - as they call her - retired this month from West Senior High School after a 39-year teaching career.

We want to hear from you

Water levels in the state are still rising this year, and Lake Michigan levels are close to hitting a record set in the late 80s. As the water rises, what have you noticed? How has it affected you?

Call us with your comment at 231-276-4444, email a voice memo to ipr@interlochen.org or comment below.