Anya Kamenetz


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How Private Colleges Are Like Cheap Sushi

Saturday, July 12, 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 in from around the world. Marking it down drastically just doesn't sit right. ...


The Collapse Of Corinthian Colleges

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Corinthian Colleges will put 85 of its U.S. campuses up for sale and close the remaining dozen. The for-profit college chain operates campuses under the names Heald, Everest and WyoTech. It has more than 70,000 students across North America. It's ...


Big Data Comes To College

Friday, July 04, 2014

When students at Purdue University are reading their homework assignments, sometimes the assignments are reading them too.

A software program called Course Signals tracks various pieces of information, including the number of points earned in the course and the amount of time the student has spent logged in ...


The Return Of The One-Room Schoolhouse

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Even if your grandpa didn't walk uphill to school both ways, or have to break the ice on the bucket before fetching a drink with the dipper, you probably have iconic images in your mind of the one-room schoolhouse. It's a storied piece of America's past dating back to the ...


Asking Kids With Special Needs To Clear The Same Bar

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Jackson Ellis will soon head to fourth grade. Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, he's been receiving publicly funded services since he was 15 months old. Jackson's mother, Rebecca Ellis, a single parent, has made education advocacy her career. She's fighting to make sure her son gets the help he needs ...


A Role Model Pipeline For Young Black Men

Monday, June 30, 2014

Young male African-American teacher trainees learn to "embody hope" for their students.


A 'Death Knell' For Public Sector Unions? Not Yet

Monday, June 30, 2014

One of the last two Supreme Court decisions of this term was billed as a potential "final destruction" or "kill shot" for public sector unions. They seem to have been merely nicked by a bullet.

Harris v. Quinn is a class action suit brought by a group of ...


Chasing The Elusive 'Quality' In Online Education

Friday, June 27, 2014

Jeff Hellmer is an accomplished jazz pianist who has taught music at the University of Texas at Austin for 27 years. He thinks of himself as more than a teacher, though: "What I would like to do with my teaching is be an ambassador for jazz."

This past spring, in ...


What Kids Can Learn From A Water Balloon Fight

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rough-and-tumble play is a vital part of growing up ... and a really fun part of parenting.


New Approaches To Discipline Strive To Keep Kids Out Of Jail

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Teen courts and restorative justice are focused on cutting off the "school-to-prison pipeline."


Be A Varsity Player ... In Video Games?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Imagine the lede in the campus newspaper:

The Eagles swept to a win last night in 100 hours of tournament gameplay. Tabbz made the absolute best usage of the shields and heals that were available to him. Froggen went for utility and pushing power, while Nyph's black shields were near ...


A Former Drug Dealer Gives A Great Defense Of The Liberal Arts

Saturday, June 21, 2014

College programs in prison have become extremely rare, but one alum's story shows how incarceration can truly be reformative.


Free College For All: Dream, Promise Or Fantasy?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

"Free" is a word with a powerful appeal. And right now it's being tossed around a lot, followed by another word: "college."

A new nonprofit, Redeeming America's Promise, announced this week that it will seek federal support to make public colleges tuition-free. That effort is inspired by "Hope" ...


Starbucks Gets Into Higher Ed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Starbucks has announced a partnership with Arizona State University to help employees finish their degrees through online courses. Anya Kamenetz of NPR's new education team, and author of Generation Debt: Why Now is a Terrible Time to be Young (Riverhead Trade, 2006), talks about the deal and what it means for Starbucks, their workers, and the future of higher education.

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Starbucks Will Pay For Employees To Complete College

Monday, June 16, 2014

Starbucks Coffee Co. today announces an unusually large tuition reimbursement for employees. It's in partnership with Arizona State University's highly ranked online program.

Starbucks employees who sign up for ASU's online courses as freshmen or sophomores will get a partial scholarship plus need-based financial aid; entering juniors and ...


How Trauma Affects The Brain Of A Learner

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Our public media colleagues over at KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, have a fascinating two-part report on the efforts of schools in the Los Angeles area to address the effects of "toxic stress" on student learning.

"As researchers work to solve one of the most persistent problems ...


iPads In Special Ed: What Does The Research Say?

Friday, June 13, 2014

This week, NPR Ed's Eric Westervelt visited a special education classroom in New York City where iPads are being used in a novel way. Students with a range of severe disabilities, including developmental, mental, physical and autism spectrum disorders, are using apps alongside traditional instruments to help express themselves ...


Why Your Summer Job Doesn't Pay Off Like It Used To

Monday, June 09, 2014

Summertime means summer jobs for many college students. But, as we discussed today on All Things Considered, a summer job just doesn't have the purchasing power it used to, especially when you compare it to the cost of college.

Let's take the example of a working-class student at a four-year ...


The One Thing Obama Didn't Say About Student Loan Repayment

Monday, June 09, 2014

President Obama made big news today for student loan borrowers. He said he'll use his executive power to expand a program called Pay As You Earn, which limits borrowers' monthly debt payments to 10 percent of their discretionary income. Under the program, loans don't just get less expensive; they ...


As College Tuition Soars, What Puts That Price Tag In Motion?

Monday, June 09, 2014

As President Obama unveils new efforts to help college graduates with student loan debt, there's new focus on the problems that drive that debt: the cost of college and the reasons it's been skyrocketing.