Anya Kamenetz


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The Evidence That White Children Benefit From Integrated Schools

Monday, October 19, 2015

Recently a neighborhood in Brooklyn made national headlines for a fight over public schools. Lots of affluent, mainly white families have been moving into new condos in the waterfront area called DUMBO, and the local elementary school is getting overcrowded.

The city wants to redraw the zones in a way ...


An EdTech Buzzword Bingo Card

Thursday, October 15, 2015

As always, our NPR Ed inboxes are clogged with press releases about the latest amazeballs app or product. Like the following, edited to protect the guilty: unprecedented new DOODLEHICKY app optimized for iPhone® and Android™ smartphones that includes real-time monitoring of a child's learning progress. DOODLEHICKY is the tutoring ...


'Ideas': A New Series From NPR Ed

Monday, October 12, 2015

"The ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student on the other."

James Garfield, the United States' 20th president, supposedly said this about one of his former professors, a legendary educator and the president of Williams College from 1836 to 1872. It captures what ...


Surprisingly Few Urban High School Students Take The ACT Or SAT

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Waking up early on a Saturday. Sharpened No. 2 pencils and a calculator. For teenagers headed to a four-year college, taking a standardized entrance exam such as the ACT and SAT is typically a requirement. But it's far from a universal experience.

In 50 of the largest U.S. cities, examined ...


Like Fares On A Plane, College Tuition Bills Vary Widely

Monday, October 05, 2015

Our friends over at Planet Money built this interactive graphic that illuminates yet another aspect of the Education Department's new College Scorecard. It shows the average annual price that families actually pay at 1,550 four-year colleges, by income.

As we've covered here on the blog, private colleges ...


The Education Secretary's Greatest Hits

Friday, October 02, 2015

It has been decades since an education secretary had as high a national political profile as the long-serving Arne Duncan, who famously accompanied President Obama from Chicago and even more famously likes to shoot hoops with the president.

Supporters note that Duncan has advocated passionately for narrowing the opportunity and ...


$50,000 In Student Loans? You Probably Don't Think College Was Worth It

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"The value of my education is priceless, but the value of my education is also not $140,000 in debt."

That was the statement of a Hunter College graduate with a master's degree, as quoted in the documentary Ivory Tower. And a new national poll suggests that thousands of graduates, ...


Who Are The 'Gifted And Talented' And What Do They Need?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Ron Turiello's daughter, Grace, seemed unusually alert even as a newborn.

At 7 months or so, she showed an interest in categorizing objects: She'd take a drawing of an elephant in a picture book, say, and match it to a stuffed elephant and a realistic plastic elephant.

At 5 or ...


How TV Can Make Kids Better Readers

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Is technology the best thing that ever happened to education? Or a silent killer of children's attention spans and love of learning?

Tap, Click, Read is a new book out this week that attempts to offer a third alternative. It tells the stories of educators and parents who are trying ...


11 Million Cars Worldwide Have Emissions 'Defeat Device,' Volkswagen Says

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The software that allegedly causes Volkswagen cars to cheat official emissions tests exists in only one type of diesel engine, according to the carmaker — and it has sold 11 million of them around the world. The company says it's setting aside 6.5 billion euros (around $7.25 billion) to fix ...


The New College Scorecard: NPR Does Some Math

Monday, September 21, 2015

There are dozens of ways to slice and dice all the data in the Obama Administration's new college scorecard. Here are three.


Coding Class, Then Naptime: Computer Science For The Kindergarten Set

Friday, September 18, 2015

Back when Grant Hosford's older daughter was in first grade, she signed up for an extracurricular class, building robots with a programmable Lego toy called Mindstorms. Hosford, a dot-com entrepreneur, came to visit the class and was startled to see that Naomi, who loves science and math, was both the ...


Making Sure College Is Worth The Cost

Friday, September 11, 2015

When it comes to choosing public, private or community college, money is only part of the equation.


50 Percent Off A College Education? Not Such A Good Deal After All

Saturday, August 29, 2015

This is an updated version of a story published in July 2014.

In New York City's East Village, there are a number of hole-in-the-wall spots that advertise sushi at 50 percent off. But I can never bring myself to sample the goods. We're talking about a delicacy flown ...


How Schools Are Handling An 'Overparenting' Crisis

Friday, August 28, 2015

Have you ever done your children's homework for them? Have you driven to school to drop off an assignment that they forgot? Have you done a college student's laundry? What about coming along to Junior's first job interview?

These examples are drawn from two new books — How to Raise ...


One-Third Of Schools Are Using This App You've Never Heard Of

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Think of an educational tool and you might picture beloved standbys from our Tools of the Trade series, like the abacus and the wooden block. But educators are increasingly turning to software and websites like Khan Academy, Google Apps and to help them deliver lessons, manage collaboration, ...


2 Polls Span 2 Poles On Testing In Schools

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Does the public support or oppose federal standardized tests? It depends how you ask the question.


How The U.S. Is Neglecting Its Smartest Kids

Monday, August 24, 2015

Chester E. Finn Jr. has three very bright granddaughters. He thinks they "have considerable academic potential and are not always being challenged by their schools." Finn is not just a proud grandpa; he's a long-established expert on education policy with the Fordham Institute and Hoover Institution.

So it's not surprising ...


How The World's Biggest Education Company Will Spend The Next $2 Billion

Friday, August 21, 2015

Pearson was already the biggest education company in the world. Now its education business is getting even bigger. In the past several weeks, the company has sold off its two major media brands, the Financial Times (for $1.3 billion) and The Economist (for about $730 million).

This move is part ...


New Orleans Schools, 10 Years After Katrina: Beacon Or Warning?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

On Sept. 15, 2005, two weeks after Katrina and the levee breaches, I drove with my parents into New Orleans. It was my 25th birthday.

We used my press pass from The Village Voice to get past a military checkpoint so we could assess the damage to their home near ...