Anya Kamenetz


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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.


Tough Week For The Common Core

Monday, June 09, 2014

A few months ago, when I told friends and media colleagues that I was interested in the Common Core State Standards, the most common response was "What's that?"

Now, it seems, everyone has an opinion about the Core.

And right now, opinions about the K-12 learning goals for math and ...


Wanted: New Ideas For Closing The Skills Gap

Friday, June 06, 2014

Millions of young college graduates are now heading to job fairs. They'll be sweating in their unfamiliar suits in the summer heat. They'll be wondering: Do I really have what it takes to cut it in this job market? New research indicates that employers are just as doubtful.

The latest ...


The Birds And The Bees ... And iPads

Thursday, June 05, 2014

"The talk." The facts of life. The birds and the bees. Whatever you call it, do you remember when and how you first learned about human sexuality? For me, it was a series of conversations in school and with my parents that began in third grade with the classic picture ...


A Master's In Media...From Conde Nast?

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Conde Nast, the magazine publishing company known for The New Yorker, Wired and Vogue, is getting into the US higher education market.

As our public media colleagues at Marketplace reported, the company is partnering with a venture capital firm and some as-yet-unnamed universities to launch a set of co-branded ...


What Does A Good Common Core Lesson Look Like?

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

As we're detailing this week, teachers and school leaders have a lot of work to do to adopt curricula aligned with the new Common Core State Standards.

In the Internet era, the best resources should be able to easily leap political boundaries and get into the hands of ...


Local Views Of New Orleans' Changing School Landscape

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

New Orleans marked a milestone last week. The city's "Recovery School District" closed its remaining five public schools, making it the first public all-charter school district in the nation.

Weekend Edition Sunday's Rachel Martin spoke with Sarah Carr, an education reporter for the nonprofit Hechinger Report and author ...


A Rational Conversation: Album Trailers, Really?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

"A Rational Conversation" is a column by writer Eric Ducker in which he gets on iChat or Gchat or the phone with a special guest to examine a music-related subject that's entered the pop culture consciousness.

Searching for new ways to get and hold listeners' attention, more and ...


Reaching Immigrant Children By Helping Their Parents

Monday, June 02, 2014

At our neighborhood playground in Brooklyn, you can hear kids shouting and playing in Russian, Spanish, Yiddish, Tagalog, French, Hebrew, Vietnamese, Cantonese and Polish. This kind of giddy cacophony has been par for the course in New York City for 150 years, but it's becoming more and more common across ...


In Kentucky, Moving Beyond Dependence On Tests

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The white, split-rail fences of horse farms line the two-lane road that takes you southwest from Lexington. It's a beautiful half-hour drive to Danville, Ky.

Settled in 1783, the town is proud of its history. In Constitution Square, across Main Street from Burke's Bakery, sits a tiny log cabin that ...


ACLU Sues California For 'Equal Learning Time'

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that high poverty schools in California are denying students the learning time they need to succeed. The problem is so great and so pervasive, the lawsuit claims, that it violates the state constitution. "We just celebrated the anniversary ...