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:

Felicity Huffman And 13 Others Plead Guilty In College Admissions Scandal

Monday, April 08, 2019

Thirteen parents and one university athletic coach have agreed to plead guilty to charges of mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in connect with the college admissions scandal.


Why Harvard, Yale And Stanford May Not Be The 'Best' Colleges

Friday, March 29, 2019

A school should be defined by its commitment to great teaching and social equity, says the outgoing president of LaGuardia Community College.


What If Elite Colleges Switched To A Lottery For Admissions?

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

What if we just pulled names out of a hat to find out who gets into America's top colleges? K-12 lottery systems might give us an idea about what would happen.


Sparkle Unicorns And Fart Ninjas: What Parents Can Do About Gendered Toys

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Toys are more pink and blue than ever before, experts say. But before you ban the sparkle unicorns and foam-dart blasters, consider other ways to help kids expand their play possibilities.


Trump Turns To Higher Education; And A Selective New York City High School Struggles With Diversity

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Also in this week's roundup: the White House outlined its proposals on the Higher Education Act, and only 7 black students were admitted into one of New York's most selective high schools.


Does It Matter Where You Go To College? Some Context For The Admissions Scandal

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

It's no surprise that rich people game the system to get their kids into top colleges. Here are some key takeaways as the bribery scandal evolves.


When Kids Ask (Really) Tough Questions: A Quick Guide

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Is Santa real? Will you ever die? Children ask questions that can induce knee-buckling panic in adults. NPR's Life Kit and Sesame Workshop have research-tested strategies to help you with the answers.


Oakland, Los Angeles And More To Come: Why Teachers Keep Going On Strike

Friday, February 22, 2019

Across the country, teachers are striking again. First there was Los Angeles, then Denver and West Virginia. Now Oakland, Calif., teachers are on the picket lines.


What A Surge Of Teacher Strikes Nationwide Do And Don't Have In Common

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Teachers are striking in Oakland, Calif. and West Virginia, continuing a nationwide trend of teachers' strikes over the past year. Here's what these strikes do and don't have in common.


Forget Screen Time Rules — Lean In To Parenting Your Wired Child, Author Says

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

In his new book, The New Childhood, Jordan Shapiro argues that we're not spending enough screen time with our kids.


The Most Viral Teaching Moments Of 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Teachers used social media this year to let the world into their classrooms. What did we see? A lot of crying, hugging and learning.


DeVos To Rescind Obama-Era Guidance On School Discipline

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The report from the Federal Commission on School Safety will back away from a focus on racial disparities in discipline to emphasize security, including arming school personnel.


Suspensions Are Down In U.S. Schools But Large Racial Gaps Remain

Monday, December 17, 2018

Black students and students with a disability are twice as likely to be suspended, according to an analysis of federal data for NPR.


Teen Girls And Their Moms Get Candid About Phones And Social Media

Monday, December 17, 2018

About half of all teens say they've tried to cut back on their phone use. But one of the girls we spoke with says that's hard when "it's obviously designed to be addictive."


With Lawsuits Looming, $150 Million In Student Loan Debt Cancelled

Friday, December 14, 2018

Facing legal battles, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos canceled $150 million in student loan debt from borrowers who attended shut-down colleges.


Defeated In Court, Education Dept. To Cancel $150 Million Of Student Loan Debt

Friday, December 14, 2018

The money goes back to borrowers whose colleges shut down, in many cases because of fraud and mismanagement.


Chicago's Charter Schools Go On Strike, Troubled For-Profit College Closes Campuses

Saturday, December 08, 2018

In this week's roundup of education news: The nation's first strike at a charter school network. We also look at two new reports.


DeVos' New Sexual Assault Guidelines Are Open For Public Comment

Saturday, December 01, 2018

In this week's roundup: News from the Ed Department; more parents are taking out loans for their kids in college; and two lawsuits were also filed this week.


Hope, Agency, Mastery, And Other Terms Educators Are Redefining

Friday, November 30, 2018

Here are some of the latest key words driving teachers in their work.


DeVos Announces New Rules On Campus Sexual Assault; New Bill Tries To Simplify Financial Aid

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Also in our weekly roundup: Peer pressure can be used to reduce sexual violence in schools; more students are using Pell Grants over the summer.