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Saturday, February 27, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
One cold Monday this month, all the students of Park Ridge High School stayed home: wearing their PJs, munching on pretzels and Oreos, hanging out on the couch.
It wasn't a snow day or measles epidemic. It was the school's first Virtual Day, where in-person classes were replaced with written ...
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Todd Rose dropped out of high school with D- grades. At 21, he was trying to support a wife and two sons on welfare and minimum wage jobs.
Today he teaches educational neuroscience at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He's also the co-founder of The Center for Individual Opportunity, ...
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Before he arrived in Omaha as a doctoral student in computer science, Jason Jie Xiong says, "I didn't even know there was a state called Nebraska."
Jie Xiong, 29, who hails from a small city outside Shanghai, had landed a full scholarship at the University of Nebraska to teach and ...
Monday, February 08, 2016
Kung Fu Panda slurps noodles. An ugly/cute "puppy-monkey-baby" toddles into a living room. Kevin Hart stalks his daughter and her date to an amusement park via helicopter. Just three moments that various brands paid $5 million per 30 seconds to parade in front of Super Bowl viewers Sunday night.
Thursday, February 04, 2016
"Squat! Squat! Squat! Higher! Faster!"
In the basement of the Duane Physics and Astrophysics building at the University of Colorado Boulder, a science demonstration is going on, but it looks more like a vaudeville act.
One by one, students balance precariously on a rotating platform. Then they are handed what ...
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Acting U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. wants states and districts to focus on streamlined, higher-quality tests in a broader effort to win back some classroom time.
And here's the kicker: The feds will actually pay for (some of) the transition.
"Good assessments can be part of great learning ...
Monday, February 01, 2016
About three months ago, Bill Nelson got an unusual phone call.
Nelson oversees data and assessment for the Agua Fria Union High School District in southwest Phoenix, Ariz. The call was from a former student, who left the district back in 2011.
He was "not quite a graduate," Nelson recalls. ...
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Great teachers have two things in common: an exceptional level of devotion to their students, and the drive to inspire each one to learn and succeed.
At NPR Ed we're just about halfway through our 50 Great Teachers project.
We've profiled teachers at all levels, in all subjects, from ...
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Tens of thousands of GED test takers who barely missed the cut may soon receive a diploma, after the company that oversees the test said this week it's lowering the minimum passing score.
Since the new GED was unveiled two years ago this month, complaints have been rising. Students ...
Monday, January 25, 2016
Picture your favorite college professor. Here are some adjectives that might come to mind: Wise. Funny. Caring. Prompt. Passionate. Organized. Tough but fair.
Now, are you thinking of a man or a woman?
A new study argues that student evaluations are systematically biased against women — so much so, ...
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
On a recent, chilly Sunday morning, children ranging in age from 4 to 6 waited with their parents in the cafeteria of a Brooklyn school. Each wore a name tag.
The kids chatted cheerfully (in several languages) until each was summoned upstairs to be tested for a spot in New ...
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
President Obama has increased college aid by over $50 billion since coming into office. And he's trying to do more.
Acting Education Secretary John King announced two new proposals today that would expand the Pell Grant program, the biggest pot of federal money for students with financial need:
- Year-round ...
Friday, January 15, 2016
Take two 18-year-olds with equally stellar academic abilities. One comes from the socioeconomic bottom and one from the top. That lower-income student is one-third as likely to enroll in a selective college.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
It's reality calling. People are shallow, and life isn't fair.
In a new paper, a pair of researchers looked at the student records of tens of thousands of students at their university. They compared the students' class grades to ratings of their physical attractiveness, as judged ...
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
President Obama used his final State of the Union address Tuesday night to reflect on his legacy. But he also put forth some specific proposals for his remaining year in office. And the very first one was "helping students learn to write computer code."
Elaborating on the educational achievements of ...
Friday, January 08, 2016
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Here's a stark fact: Most American children spend more time consuming electronic media than they do in school.
According to Common Sense Media, tweens log 4 1/2 hours of screen time a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. For teens, it's even higher: nearly seven hours ...
Monday, January 04, 2016
Diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are up around 30 percent compared with 20 years ago. These days, if a 2-year-old won't sit still for circle time in preschool, she's liable to be referred for evaluation, which can put her on track for early intervention and potentially a lifetime of ...