Anya Kamenetz


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A For-Profit College Tries The Charter School Market

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Starting this past spring, parents in Indianapolis; Troy, Mich.; Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla.; and Houston, Texas, heard about a new option for their children's last two years of high school.

In each city, a charter school called Early Career Academy planned to offer students the chance to earn associate ...


Why The President Wants To Give Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars To Toddlers

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Why does public school start at age 5?

Neuroscientists say the most important brain development begins at birth. Friedrich Froebel, who coined the term "kindergarten" in Germany in the mid-19th century, was among the first education thinkers to intuit this fact about the brain. His "child-gardens" were mixed-age classrooms of ...


Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A new study is focusing on what works best to prepare kids for school. Math may be what really counts, say researchers; one of them describes it as "a lever to improve outcomes for kids longer term."


Q&A: J is for Jihad

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Letter M (capital M and small m): (Mujahid): My brother is a Mujahid. Afghan Muslims are Mujahideen. I do Jihad together with them. Doing Jihad against infidels is our duty.

These words come from a textbook written to teach first-graders Pashto, one of the two official languages of Afghanistan. In ...


Teach For America At 25: With Maturity, New Pressure To Change

Monday, December 01, 2014

Now a fixture on the education landscape, TFA faces new challenges — from inside and out.


The History of Campus Sexual Assault

Sunday, November 30, 2014

"Male sex aggression on a university campus" was the title of one of the first studies published about a topic now very much in the news. Way back in 1957, sociologist Eugene Kanin posited a model where men used secrecy and stigma to pressure and exploit women.

Today student ...


What Every School Can Learn From Preschools

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Listening. Sharing. Following directions. Making friends. Managing big emotions. Planning for the future.

A high-quality preschool program helps children develop in all these ways. But, a new report argues, such matters of the heart shouldn't be left behind just as students are learning to tie their shoes.

Melissa ...


Why Working With Young Children Is (Still) A Dead-End Job

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Right now, at preschool programs around the country, teachers are tapping infinite reserves of patience to keep the peace among children at various stages of development and need. They're also providing meals, wiping noses and delivering a curriculum in math and reading that will get the kids ready for school.



Testing: How Much Is Too Much?

Monday, November 17, 2014

"In some places, tests — and preparation for them — are dominating the calendar and culture of schools and causing undue stress for students and educators."

The quote comes not from an angry parent or firebrand school leader but from Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Of course, he's the guy currently ...


A Botched Study Raises Bigger Questions

Friday, November 14, 2014

New Orleans, where nine of 10 children attend charter schools, has perhaps the most scrutinized public school system in the country.

And since Hurricane Katrina, a major source of information about the city's schools has been the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, a research group connected with Tulane ...


Five Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher

Saturday, November 08, 2014

When we began our 50 Great Teachers series, we set out to find great teachers and tell their stories. But we'll also be exploring over the coming year questions about what it means for a teacher to be great, and how they get that way.

To get us started, we ...


For-Profit Colleges Sue The Federal Government Over Student Loan Rules

Friday, November 07, 2014

A trade group representing more than 1,400 for-profit colleges has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over regulations aimed at curbing industry abuses.

The group seeks to stop a federal regulation, known as the "gainful employment rule," that was formally put into place last week by the U.S. ...


The NPR Ed Mailbag: Tests, Proficiency, George Bush And No Child Left Behind

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Our story on the impact of No Child Left Behind got lots of people talking.

As we reported, 2014 is the year when the amibitious goal of the 12-year-old law was to be met: One hundred percent of the nation's students would reach a "proficient level of academic achievement."



A New Credential For The Tech Industry

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A leader in the small but growing industry of "coder boot camps" announced plans today to develop a new set of credentials aimed at certifying the skills these programs teach.

The boot camps have surged in popularity to meet the demand for tech industry jobs such as software developers. That ...


It's 2014. All Children Are Supposed To Be Proficient. What Happened?

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Take yourself back to those highly emotional, patriotic months after the 9/11 attacks.

In the midst of war, terrorism, fear and mourning, one bill passed 87-10 in the Senate and by a similar margin in the House — with equal support from both sides of the aisle. It was signed ...


Who Needs Algebra? New Approach To College Math Helps More Pass

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Let's start with a little word problem. Sixty percent of the nation's 12.8 million community college students are required to take at least one course in subject X. Eighty percent of that 60 percent never move on past that requirement.

  1. Let Y = the total percentage of community ...

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Competency-Based Education: No More Semesters?

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

"I went to a four-year university." "That job requires a one-year certificate." "It's a two-semester course." "She's a fifth-year senior." What do these expressions have in common? They use time as the yardstick for higher education.

Essentially, this means measuring not how much you've learned, but how long you've spent ...


Q&A: Plumbing The Mysteries Of The Teenage Brain

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Do you remember the summer when you first fell in love? The songs that were playing on the radio, butterflies in the stomach, the excitement of a stolen kiss? The tendency of our brains to especially hold onto memories from the teenage years is called the "reminiscence bump."

It's one ...


The Cardinals As The New Yankees: The Week In Sports

Saturday, October 04, 2014

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When Teachers, Not Students, Do The Cheating

Monday, September 29, 2014

The trial of 12 Atlanta educators charged in an alleged cheating conspiracy is under way.