Anya Kamenetz appears in the following:
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
It's one of the biggest challenges in higher education today: What do you do with the nearly one in five working-age adults who have some college experience, but no degree?
Sokeo Ros was one of them. "I just hated" community college, he says. "I wasn't being challenged."
Ros, 34, was ...
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Our story last week about the connection between ADHD, movement and thinking struck a nerve with readers. We reported on a small study in which students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder performed better on memory tasks when they were allowed to spin and move around in a swiveling chair....
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Are you a pen-clicker? A hair-twirler? A knee-bouncer? Did you ever get in trouble for fidgeting in class? Don't hang your head in shame. All that movement may be helping you think.
A new study suggests that for children with attention disorders, hyperactive movements meant better performance on a ...
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
When 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., last summer, Brittany Packnett felt that she had no choice but to get involved.
"I'm a North County kid," she said, referring to the region of St. Louis that includes Ferguson. "These are my ...
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Researchers, grant-makers and policymakers have long relied on enrollment numbers for the federally subsidized Free and Reduced-Price Lunch program. They use those numbers as a handy proxy for measuring how many students are struggling economically. The paperwork that families submit to show their income becomes the basis of billions in ...
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Monday, May 04, 2015
At first glance, the warehouse in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood could be the headquarters of any well-funded startup: exposed concrete, natural light, lots of Macbooks. Then you spot the 12- and 13-year-olds doing yoga in a glass-walled conference room.
It's a tech company, but it's also a private, for-profit middle ...
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Did you hear that?
It's the sound of hundreds of thousands of public school students in Florida breathing sighs of relief.
The state's largest school district, Miami-Dade County, just cut the number of district-created, end-of-course exams it will require from roughly 300 to 10. And even those 10 will be ...
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Much of our recent reporting, especially from New Orleans, has focused on young people who are neither in school nor working. There are an estimated 5 1/2 million of them, ages 16 to 24, in the United States.
But what do we call them? The nomenclature has fluctuated widely ...
Monday, April 27, 2015
The long-running story of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges has entered what looks like a final phase. As our colleagues at SCPR wrote:
"Corinthian Colleges will shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the U.S. Department of Education ...
Sunday, April 26, 2015
"Welcome to Iowa State University. May I take your paper, please?"
A bill circulating in the Iowa state Senate would rate professors' performance based on student evaluations. Just student evaluations.
Low-rated professors would be automatically fired — no tenure, no appeals.
The bill's author, state Sen. Mark Chelgren, a Republican, ...
Thursday, April 23, 2015
How many different flavors of jam do you need to be happy?
In 2000, a famous experiment showed that when people were presented with a supermarket sampler of 24 exotic fruit flavors, they were more attracted to the display. But, when the sample included only six flavors, they were ...
Monday, April 20, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015
On weekend afternoons, Craig Adams Jr. plays for tourists on the streets of the French Quarter.
He gigs with different bands, bringing whatever's needed: trumpet, trombone, saxophone — he plays six or seven instruments in all. There's a white plastic bucket on the sidewalk so people can drop in cash ...
Friday, April 17, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Remember the MOOC?
Just a few years ago, the Massive Open Online Course was expected to reinvent higher education. Millions of people were signing up to watch Web-based, video lectures from the world's great universities. Some were completing real assignments, earning certificates and forming virtual study groups — all for ...
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Today an Atlanta jury found eleven educators guilty of racketeering in a case that implicated dozens of schools and hundreds of educators. Their scheme: inflate scores on high-stakes standardized tests.
The case has drawn national attention, exposing widespread abuse and unethical behavior in the school district. Those convicted face ...
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Latonya Suggs says she borrowed thousands of dollars in student loans to attend the for-profit Corinthian Colleges but has nothing to show for it. Most employers don't recognize her criminal justice degree.
"I am completely lost and in debt," Suggs says. And now she's doing something about it: She's refusing ...