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:

An Indian University Is Trying To Innovate What Students Learn — And How They Learn It

Saturday, February 15, 2020

India has more young people than any other country in the world and that means, the country needs many more college classrooms.


2 Big Teachers Unions Call For Rethinking Student Involvement In Lockdown Drills

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

About 95% of American public schools have adopted some form of active shooter drills. But there's little proof they're effective — and there's growing concern they can traumatize children.


A University Built From Scratch In 5 Months Wants To Be A Global Leader

Saturday, February 08, 2020

A new campus in India, SRM Andhra Pradesh, has high-tech labs, classrooms that use Artificial Intelligence and no paved road to the campus.


'You Need To Act Now': Meet 4 Girls Working To Save The Warming World

Sunday, January 19, 2020

"When we organize, we model the world we want to see," says teenager Xiye Bastida. Activist girls like Bastida have been especially visible in the fight against climate change.


How To Talk To Children About Sex

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Sex is a topic that can leave parents embarrassed. Experts say it's never too soon to talk openly with your kids about their bodies.


Laugh, Cry And Gasp Along With The Best Viral Classroom Moments of 2019

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Our annual roundup of the top viral teaching/learning moments from around the country on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.


The Best Viral Classroom Moments Of 2019

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Social media gives us a look into the lives of students and teachers. Dozens of teachers used music, costumes and stunts to bring life to their classes this year.


House Democrats Grill Betsy DeVos Over Denying Student Borrower Relief

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The education secretary testified before the House education committee about her handling of a loan relief program for student borrowers who say they were defrauded by for-profit colleges.


In Alaska's Wilderness, A New Vision Of Higher Learning

Sunday, December 08, 2019

The Arete Project in Southeast Alaska brings very different students from around the world together to learn from nature and each other, and earn college credit along the way.


Bringing Higher Education Into The Wild In Alaska

Saturday, November 30, 2019

In remote Southeast Alaska, an experiment is bringing together radically diverse groups of college students to learn from the land, physical labor and each other.


Active Shooter Drills May Not Stop A School Shooting — But This Method Could

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Active shooter drills are one way schools prepare for possible shootings. Now a new report underlines a method for prevention: threat assessment, along with social and emotional support for students.


A Look At The Value Of Active Shooter Drills In Schools

Friday, November 22, 2019

The jury is still out on whether active shooter drills do more harm than good. But according to a new U.S. government report, there is one proven way to make schools safer: prevention.


It's A Smartphone Life: More Than Half Of U.S. Children Now Have One

Thursday, October 31, 2019

A broad new national survey examines media use among children and teenagers and the very different ways young people are using their devices.


Report: More Than Half Of U.S. Children Now Own A Smartphone By Age 11

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

American teenagers spend 7 hours, 22 minutes per day on average with screen media, not counting schoolwork or homework. That's according to the newly released Common Sense Census.


Giving Schools — And Students — The Tools They Need In The Fight To Save The Planet

Sunday, October 27, 2019

A recent conference on climate change focused on the ways teachers, scientists and activists can help the next generation shape a comprehensive approach to the fight against global warming.


DeVos Held In Contempt Of Court For Enforcing Loans On Defrauded College Students

Friday, October 25, 2019

A federal judge has also fined U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for failing to stop collecting from former students of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges, which shut down in 2014.


Is Your Child Anxious? NPR Wants To Hear Your Story

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

In kids, some worry is natural, but too much can hold them back. If you wonder about your child's anxiety, we want to hear from you.


To Prevent School Shootings, Districts Are Surveilling Students' Online Lives

Thursday, September 12, 2019

More and more schools are investing in technologies that scan social media posts, school assignments and even student emails for potential threats. Privacy experts say the trade-offs aren't worth it.


Google To Pay $170 Million Over Allegations YouTube Collected Kids' Personal Info

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Google will pay a $170 million to settle the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General's allegations that YouTube collected personal information from children.


The Scientific Debate Over Teens, Screens And Mental Health

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

What's the link between smartphone use and teens' mental health? Experts disagree, with some arguing that the threat is overblown.