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:

A Guide To Parental Controls For Kids' Tech Use

Monday, June 18, 2018

All the major tech companies offer parental controls — Apple is the latest. For parents, making the best of them can be tricky.


DeVos On School Safety; A New Leader For Education's Civil Rights Office

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Also in our weekly education news roundup: controversy over New York City's elite high schools; and new moves by Apple to give parents control over what apps their kids are using.


Century-Old Decisions That Impact Children Every Day

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Alexandra Lange's new book has insights on the influence of school and classroom design on children's learning throughout history.


Let's Stop Talking About The '30 Million Word Gap'

Friday, June 01, 2018

It's one of the most famous studies ever done on kids. It's often cited as a reason children from poor families struggle in school. But it may be neither 30 million words, nor exactly a gap.


What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

There are many ways young children encounter stories. A new study finds a "Goldilocks effect," where a cartoon may be "too hot" and audiobooks "too cold" for learning readers.


DeVos Bypasses NYC Public Schools; For-Profit College Enforcement; NC Teachers Walk

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A school shooting in Texas, plus a new government report on university-hired consultants and student borrowers, in our weekly roundup of education news.


As '13 Reasons Why' Returns, Schools Try To Help Students Who Are Thinking Of Suicide

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

About 1 in 5 teens may have contemplated suicide. But new research suggests that schools as a whole can make a difference.


Now It's North Carolina Teachers' Turn: How Did We Get Here? What's Next?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

As teachers walk out in a sixth state, signs of what's to come.


Before They Walk Into A Classroom, These New Teachers Will March On The N.C. Capitol

Monday, May 14, 2018

Recent graduates Cristina Chase Lane and WinnieHope Mamboleo will be joining the profession just as teacher strikes sweep the nation. Instead of feeling demoralized, they say they feel galvanized.


Single Mothers Balance Care And Coursework; New High School Rankings

Saturday, May 12, 2018

New research on measuring teacher prep programs and Starbucks' partnership with Arizona State University, all part of this week's education news roundup.


Worries That A Federal Student Loan Watchdog Will Be Muzzled

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

The office of Students and Young Consumers at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be folded into another office. Advocates are concerned about what that means for vulnerable borrowers.


Why So Many Gifted Yet Struggling Students Are Hidden In Plain Sight

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

"Twice-exceptional," or 2E students, find that one of their sides sometimes masks the other. Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman says there are a lot more of them than you might think.


Teachers Press DeVos; Questions About Koch Brothers' Gifts To Universities

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Plus an education-related settlement in the Philadelphia Starbucks controversy, in our weekly education roundup.


Unionized Or Not, Teachers Struggle To Make Ends Meet, NPR/Ipsos Poll Finds

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Six in 10 teachers in our poll say they have worked a second job to pay the bills.


Kids, Meet Alexa, Your AI Mary Poppins

Monday, April 30, 2018

Amazon has announced new kid-friendly features and parental controls for the Echo home assistant. What do AI experts think about encouraging kids to spend more time with Alexa?


What 'A Nation At Risk' Got Wrong, And Right, About U.S. Schools

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Thirty-five years after the landmark report warned of a "rising tide of mediocrity" in U.S. education, the statistics have been questioned, but the concerns still feel urgent.


New Data About Schools; Teacher Walkouts Spread

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Plus an unpaid faculty position and disparities in access to advanced courses, in our weekly roundup of education news.


NPR/Ipsos Poll: Most Americans Support Teachers' Right To Strike

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Just one in four Americans, including just 36 percent of Republicans, believe teachers in this country are paid fairly. Three-quarters agree teachers have the right to strike.


School Walkouts, Broken-down Classrooms, And Beyoncé

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Historically black college pride rules at Coachella; students stand up for safety and justice.


What Adult Learners Really Need (Hint: It's Not Just Job Skills)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The focus shouldn't be "quick-and-dirty" paths to a degree, argues one scholar and activist, but deep learning experiences and strong support.