Anya Kamenetz


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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


The Future Of Online Ed Isn't Heading Where You Expect

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A new pioneer has just planted its flag on the ed-tech frontier: the country of Trinidad and Tobago. Its government this week announced the creation of a "national knowledge network" to promote free online learning in partnership with Khan Academy and Coursera. The initiative ...


When College Isn't Worth It

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The New York Times highlighted new data yesterday that once again beats the drum: Despite skyrocketing costs, a college degree is a good investment. In fact, MIT economist David Autor writes in the journal Science that the value of a degree is rising. College grads made almost twice as ...


Mass Collection Of Student Data Raises Privacy Concerns

Monday, May 26, 2014

States are centralizing record-keeping and tracking student progress, while online educational software sheds light on how students learn. But many worry about how this information could be misused.


Your Thoughts On The Most Important Challenge Facing Education

Monday, May 26, 2014

For our first blog post last week, we asked about the biggest opportunities and challenges in education today and repeated the call on Twitter. Here's what you said. You can also read this story on Storify.

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Why Mr. Rogers Is Having A Big Moment In Education

Saturday, May 24, 2014

"Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my neighbor?"

Fred Rogers — the beloved TV host, Presbyterian minister, puppeteer, composer, organist, best-selling author and cardigan aficionado — died in 2003, but his ideas on education are as relevant as ever.

Here's why Mr. Rogers still matters:



The Crisis In The 'Ivory Tower'

Friday, May 23, 2014

A trillion dollars in debt. Financial outlook downgraded. Skyrocketing prices, yet falling or stagnant revenue for 40 percent of the sector. Government threatening to increase regulation.

By the standards of Wall Street, higher ed is in deep trouble.

But, of course, the university isn't ...


'Mischievous Responders' Confound Research On Teens

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Teenagers face some serious issues: drugs, bullying, sexual violence, depression, gangs. They don't always like to talk about these things with adults.

One way that researchers and educators can get around that is to give teens a survey — a simple, anonymous questionnaire they can fill out by themselves without ...


Is This Any Way To Pick A College?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

There are more than 7,000 colleges in the U.S., and 21.8 million students enrolled in them. That's potentially 21.8 million opinions about what makes a school "the best."

The penalty for a bad choice can be huge. The cost of a degree continues to soar, graduation rates vary widely from ...


Why Education Is The Most Important Revolution Of Our Time

Monday, May 19, 2014

Learning is something people, like other animals, do whenever our eyes are open. Education, though, is uniquely human, and right now it's at an unusual point of flux.

By some accounts, education is a $7 trillion global industry ripe for disruption. Others see it as almost a sacred pursuit ...


What We Learned From The Best Commencement Speeches Ever

Monday, May 19, 2014

Our new searchable database of commencement speeches brings you more than 300 of the best, tagged with the most enduring themes: Work hard. Change the world. And, of course, YOLO.


Record Floodwaters Wash Across Balkans

Monday, May 19, 2014

The worst rains and flooding in Serbia and Bosnia since record keeping began 120 years ago have killed dozens of people. For more, David Greene talks to the BBC's Guy Delauney.


What Parents Need to Know About Big Data and Student Privacy

Friday, May 16, 2014

My first brush with professional journalism — and with violations of student privacy — came when I was a sophomore at Yale. It was 1999, and George W. Bush, a Yale alumnus, was running for president.

A writer for The New Yorker cold-called my dorm room looking for students who ...


State Spots In Preschool Declining, Report Finds

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Public preschool enrollment fell slightly last year, according to a report released today by researchers at Rutgers University.

About 9,000 fewer children attended public pre-K programs in 2013 than in 2012, the report from the university's National Institute for Early Education Research says. It's the first time since ...


Poll: Prestigious Colleges Won't Make You Happier In Life Or Work

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

There's plenty of anxiety in the U.S. over getting into a top college. But a new Gallup poll suggests that, later in life, it doesn't matter nearly as much as we think. In fact, when you ask college graduates whether they're "engaged" with their work or "thriving" in all ...