Anya Kamenetz


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The President Wants Every Student To Learn Computer Science. How Would That Work?

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 ...


Why Kindergarten Is The New First Grade

Friday, January 08, 2016

Less art and play; more textbooks and tests, say surveyed teachers.


Kids And Screen Time: A Peek At Upcoming Guidance

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 ...


We're Thinking About ADHD All Wrong, Says A Top Pediatrician

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 ...


U.S. High Schools Employ Mixed Strategies To Raise Graduation Rates

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

NPR explores what is behind rising high school graduation rates and the methods schools use to increase these rates.


How Writing Down Specific Goals Can Empower You

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

This is one of the most popular pieces that ran on NPR Ed in the past year. Here's a brief update:

In 2016, the "self-authoring" curriculum will be tested at a school in the United States for the first time. Community High School, in Swannanoa, N.C., will test the ...


School Testing 2016: Same Tests, Different Stakes

Monday, December 28, 2015

The law has changed, but what President Obama calls "too much testing" is likely to continue.


U.S. High School Graduation Rate Hits Record High

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

For the fourth straight year, the U.S. high school graduation rate has improved — reaching an all-time high of 82 percent in the 2013-2014 school year, the Department of Education announced Tuesday. Achievement gaps have narrowed, too, with graduation rates ranging from 89 percent for students classified as Asian/Pacific Islanders ...


A Kids' Coding Expert Says We're Making Computer Class Way Too Boring

Friday, December 11, 2015

For Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13), the nonprofit has helped organize nearly 200,000 "Hour of Code" events around the world. It's advocating for computer coding as a basic literacy and an essential ingredient for jobs of the future, and there's a lot of momentum behind the idea.

The ...


Google Hit With A Student Privacy Complaint

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Google products are growing as ubiquitous in classrooms as dry-erase markers. The most recent numbers show that more than half of classroom computers purchased for U.S. schools are low-cost Chromebooks. And 50 million students, teachers and administrators use Google Apps For Education, a group of tools that includes Gmail, Google ...


Mark Zuckerberg Is Betting Tech Can Address Educational Equity. Is It That Simple?

Saturday, December 05, 2015

As I'm sure you've heard by now, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, used the occasion of their daughter's birth to announce they'll be investing nearly all their fortune, some $45 billion, in good causes.

They announced this, of course, in a lengthy Facebook note. "Personalized ...


House Set To Vote On Education Overhaul

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

It's almost a decade overdue, but the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote later today on a bill to replace the No Child Left Behind law.

Since NCLB was signed by President George W. Bush in early 2002, the federal government has played a major role in telling ...


To Measure What Tests Can't, Some Schools Turn To Surveys

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Last year, Susan Avey, the principal of Bogle Junior High School in Chandler, Ariz., had a heart-to-heart with one of her new teachers about how he was relating to students.

In a previous year, this might have been a conversation based on subjective impressions. The teacher might have gotten defensive. ...


The Outgoing Education Secretary Reunites With A Former Student

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

As he prepares to leave office this month, Education Secretary Arne Duncan reunited with a former student as part of a StoryCorps interview project.

More than 25 years ago Duncan took part in a mentorship program run by the "I Have a Dream" Foundation at Shakespeare Elementary School in ...


Is Bigger Always Better? The Case For Starting Small With New Learning Ideas

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Our Ideas series is exploring how innovation happens in education.

Anytime there's an innovation in education, often the first question anyone asks is, "Will it scale?"

Sure, you've managed to improve learning outcomes for one classroom, one school, one district. But if you can't reach 50,000 — or 5 million ...


Corinthian Colleges Misled Students On Job Placement, Investigation Finds

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

In yet another episode in the ongoing investigations of for-profit colleges, the U.S. Department of Education and California's attorney general say Corinthian Colleges consistently misled students enrolled at two campuses about their chances of getting a job.

The findings refer to Corinthian's Everest and Wyotech campuses in California as ...


A $95.5 Million Settlement In For-Profit College Case

Monday, November 16, 2015

Education Management Corporation will pay $95.5 million to settle allegations that it lied about its recruiting practices. The sum, announced Monday by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, is the largest civil award to date in a case involving a for-profit college.

"Simply put," Duncan said, ...


The Incubator School: E Is For Experimental & Entrepreneur

Friday, November 13, 2015

Our Ideas series is exploring how innovation happens in education.

Fourteen-year-old Yasemine Dursun is an aspiring entrepreneur. Her invention is called the Slapwrap, a braceletlike device for storing earbuds.

In a cacophonous hallway crowded with her classmates, she launches into her pitch:

"If you're washing your hands, water can get ...


How To Get Students To Stop Using Their Cellphones In Class

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Our Ideas series is exploring how innovation happens in education.

Almost all college students have a cellphone. They use them an average of eight to 10 hours a day and check them an average of every 15 to 20 minutes while they're awake.

Heavier smartphone use has been linked to ...


The Un-College That's Training $100,000 App Developers

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

General Assembly offers high-tech training face to face. Google and the Department of Education are paying attention.