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:

Hillary Clinton's Plan For America's Students

Sunday, September 25, 2016

In advance of the first debate, a rundown of the Democratic presidential candidate's positions.


The Big Move To Improve Head Start

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New rules, new reviews, and new funding for young, low-income children.


Sixth Grade Is Tough; It Helps To Be 'Top Dog'

Monday, September 19, 2016

A new study says sixth-graders do better when they attend K-8 schools, so they're not the youngest.


How College Aid Is Like A Bad Coupon

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sociologist Sara Goldrick-Rab's new book, Paying The Price, makes a fresh argument for free college.


New College Rankings Are Out: NPR Ed Rates The Rankings!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Prestige? Perks? Value for money? The question of how to rate a college is far from straightforward. Here's our annual guide to making sense of all those guides.


Getting Restless At The Head Of The Class

Monday, September 12, 2016

A new report suggests that 20 to 45 percent of students are at least one grade level ahead in at least one subject.


Half Of Professors In NPR Ed Survey Have Used 'Trigger Warnings'

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Giving a heads-up about potentially objectionable content seems to be common teaching practice. That's one of the findings from our unscientific survey of more than 800 faculty members.


Large, For-Profit ITT Tech Is Shutting Down All Of Its Campuses

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The shutdown affects some 35,000 students and more than 8,000 employees in 38 states. ITT Technical Institutes blamed the Education Department, which recently imposed financial sanctions.


Americans Oppose School Closures, But Research Suggests They're Not A Bad Idea

Thursday, September 01, 2016

In a new poll, 84 percent of Americans say they'd rather a failing school be reorganized than shut down.


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.