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:

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.


More Testing, Less Play: Study Finds Higher Expectations For Kindergartners

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

As kindergarten becomes the new first grade, some worry that the joy of learning is being lost with higher rigor.


As The Number Of Homeless Students Soars, How Schools Can Serve Them Better

Monday, June 13, 2016

Finding homeless students is a challenge, as are resources and red tape. The new federal education law includes new mandates and some extra money to assist districts in helping more students.


The One-Room Schoolhouse That's A Model For The World

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Escuela Nueva (New School) isn't really new. But it is being praised as a kind of cutting-edge model that can teach the skills needed for jobs that robots can't do.


Apps That Aim To Give Parents 'Superpowers'

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

A new wave of educational technology focuses on building family connections. Here's a look at two new approaches.


The Civil Rights Problem In U.S. Schools: 10 New Numbers

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Black and Hispanic students are disproportionately suspended, expelled and have unequal access to education, according to the latest Civil Rights Data Collection survey.


5 Doubts About Data-Driven Schools

Friday, June 03, 2016

Schools are measuring students in multiple ways — sometimes making that information public. The potential pitfalls are multiplying, too.


High School Suspensions Cost The Country $35 Billion Annually, Report Estimates

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Suspended students more often drop out of school, says the report from UCLA's Civil Rights Project. And that imposes broad social costs.


One Student Tries To Help Others Escape A 'Corridor Of Shame'

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

An unlikely leader rises in a poor, rural Southern school district.


30 Issues | Comparing the Candidates on College Costs

Friday, May 27, 2016

NPR's Anya Kamenetz discusses the candidates' plans to address rising tuition, mounting student loan debt, and the accessibility of higher education.

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MacArthur 'Genius' Angela Duckworth Responds To A New Critique Of Grit

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The author of a new meta-analysis says the importance of grit — a concept that has gained wide traction in education circles — has been exaggerated.