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:

DeVos Loses On Student Loans; Bezos Funds Preschool

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The now-Tropical Storm Florence closed schools, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos lost a court case involving student loan forgiveness and more in our weekly education news roundup.


Student Borrowers And Advocates Win Court Case Against DeVos

Thursday, September 13, 2018

A judge ruled Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' delay of borrower protection rules was "unlawful" and "arbitrary and capricious."


Schools Face Extreme Heat; 'Nontraditional' College Students; And Teaching Technology

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Schools face extreme heat; a teacher testifies at the Kavanaugh hearings; STEM majors improve earnings; some teachers not equipped to teach technology


10 Education Stories You May Have Missed This Summer

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

The school shootings that weren't; a student loan watchdog quits; the number of chronically absent students is on the rise; and the top high school play and musical.


5 Proven Benefits Of Play

Friday, August 31, 2018

The nation's doctors are being enlisted in a new fight: reclaiming children's right to play. A research paper urges pediatricians to prescribe playtime.


The School Shootings That Weren't

Monday, August 27, 2018

The federal government said schools reported 235 shootings in one school year. But an NPR investigation finds that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened.


Why Teachers Are Going From Classrooms To Campaign Trails

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Back to school season also brings prominent primary victories for two educators and a trend of more politically active teachers nationwide.


'Lies My Teacher Told Me,' And How American History Can Be Used As A Weapon

Thursday, August 09, 2018

James Loewen's 1995 book explained how history textbooks got the story of America wrong. Now, in a new edition, Loewen champions critical thinking in the age of fake news.


How The Science Of Learning Is Catching Up To Mr. Rogers

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The popular film Won't You Be My Neighbor? shows how the topics — and the format — Fred Rogers brought to TV are as relevant to education and child development as they ever were.


DeVos Family Money Is All Over The News Right Now

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Family separation, the Supreme Court on public-sector unions, the Kavanaugh nomination: All are linked, through donations, to the billionaire family of the education secretary.


DeVos Seeks To Rewrite The Rules On Higher Ed

Thursday, August 02, 2018

The U.S. Education Department is going back to the drawing board on some basic rules of higher education.


The 'Overparenting' Crisis In School And At Home

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Cutting kids' meat or doing their laundry can undermine their sense of self-worth, two books argue.


Raising Brilliant Kids — With Research To Back You Up

Monday, July 23, 2018

Two experts believe that six C's form a framework that can help parents guide kids as they grow.


How Much Screen Time Should Kids Really Have?

Friday, July 20, 2018

Angela C. Santomero, creator of "Blue’s Clues," and NPR education blogger, Anya Kamenetz discuss kid's screen time, in addition to answering listener's questions.

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Behind The Campaign To Get Teachers To Leave Their Unions

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Well-funded groups are spreading the word: Teachers no longer have to support the union that represents them.


Scared Of Math? Here's One Way To Fight The Fear

Monday, July 16, 2018

Kids and grown-ups can both experience anxiety when it comes to math. One college professor has an assignment to help banish the dread.


Parenting In The Age Of Screens: Here's What The Experts Do

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Many experts on kids and technology are also parents — and they don't necessarily hold themselves up as paragons for parenting in a time when screens are everywhere.


Parents: Here's How To Pick The Best Kids Apps For Family Vacations

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A handy guide to choosing fun and educational media for kids this summer.


What Families Need To Know About Screen Time This Summer

Monday, July 09, 2018

Here's the most recent research on screens — just in time for summer, when kids are sure to have them out.


Here's What's Going On With Affirmative Action And School Admissions

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Race and admissions have been in headlines a lot lately, from the federal level on down. Here's a rundown of what is known and what is happening.