Anya Kamenetz


Anya Kamenetz is NPR's lead education blogger. She joined NPR in 2014, working as part of a new initiative to coordinate on-air and online coverage of learning.

Kamenetz is the author of several books about the future of education. Generation Debt(Riverhead, 2006), dealt with youth economics and politics; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green, 2010), investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. Her forthcoming book, The Test (PublicAffairs, 2015), is about the past, present and future of testing in American schools.

Anya Kamenetz appears in the following:

Parsing The 'Free' In Free Community College

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A new report shows that covering tuition for community college means very different things in different states.


Americans Like Their Schools Just Fine — But Not Yours

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Two new polls show contradictions and partisan divides in the public's opinion of education.


When Teachers Take A Breath, Students Can Bloom

Friday, August 19, 2016

An evidence-based program teaches mindfulness to educators. Research suggests it can reduce their stress and improve their teaching.


Caution Flags For Tech In Classrooms

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Several recent studies looking at computers and online learning found mixed-to-negative results. And they offer clues about how schools and tech companies can do better.


Scientific Secrets To Keep Kids In College

Saturday, August 06, 2016

A nonprofit called Ideas42 uses psychology to help more students maximize aid and finish their degrees. The approach seems to be working.


Remembering A Thinker Who Thought About Thinking

Friday, August 05, 2016

Seymour Papert was a pioneer in artificial intelligence and learning with technology. He died this week at 88.


3 Things People Can Do In The Classroom That Robots Can't

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Artificial intelligence is getting stronger. Education must adapt. Here's a framework for separating out the things schools can and should teach that are uniquely human.


The Importance Of Getting Things Wrong

Monday, August 01, 2016

A Harvard professor argues that successful science teaching starts with understanding student misconceptions.


A Program For Preschoolers Gets A Convention Bounce

Friday, July 29, 2016

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youth, or HIPPY, is a program backed by by 20 years of research. Bill Clinton gave it some love at his speech in Philadelphia. We take a closer look.


Clinton's Free-Tuition Promise: What Would It Cost? How Would It Work?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

This proposal is novel and dramatic: a broadly scaled entitlement program for the middle class directed not at older people, like Social Security and Medicare, but at younger Americans.


Ready, Set, Play: A Top 10 'Playlist' From The Nation's Children's Museums

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lasers and lava and mummies, oh my! Here are the exhibits that kids and their grown-ups love the most from 10 of the nation's best children's museums.


Good News On Student Loans ... For Some

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

More students are getting affordable payments, a new report says. But they might not be the ones who really need it.


Why Summer Jobs Don't Pay Off Anymore

Monday, July 25, 2016

The minimum wage is flat, college tuition is up and students are broke: Summer jobs just don't have the purchasing power they used to, especially when you look at the cost of college.


From Mozart To Mr. Rogers: Literacy, Music And The Brain

Friday, July 22, 2016

A test that can flag struggling readers before they're old enough to read and the power of music to help a child hear language. A literacy two-fer from the NPR Ed Team.


A Harsh Critique Of Federally Funded Pre-K

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A researcher warns against expanding prekindergarten programs where kids spend a quarter of the day waiting in line.


Here's An Idea: Change The Federal Definition Of Student Achievement

Monday, July 18, 2016

Top researchers are signing on to a letter suggesting a simple, yet profound, tweak to new federal regulations.


'Islands' That Separate Education Haves From Have-Nots

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A new report maps school district lines that divide rich from poor.


On Kids And Screens, A Middle Way Between Fear And Hype

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A researcher argues for better sources of advice for parents and educators. And for greater balance between warnings about the dangers and emphasis on the positive role parents can play.


How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Two developmental psychologists break down 21st century skills and give everyday tips for parents on how to instill them.


High Test Scores At A Nationally Lauded Charter Network, But At What Cost?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Rocketship charter schools were supposed to revolutionize education, Silicon Valley-style, and enroll 1 million students. It hasn't worked out exactly that way.