Cory Turner

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Harmony Project Offers More Than Just Music In LA

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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Q&A: Why Teaching Music Matters

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I went to Los Angeles to report a story on brain science. A new study had just been released, exploring how music instruction helps kids process language. The children the researchers studied were all participants in a community music program run by the nonprofit Harmony Project.

But after ...


This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A new study suggests that learning to play a musical instrument helps improve the brain's ability to process language. That means music lessons could give kids from low-income communities a big boost.


In Strange Twist, Kenyans March For Police Officer Accused Of Murder

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In a land where police have a reputation for corruption and violence, Titus Musila is a rare officer who is popular. Now that he's accused of a vigilante killing, residents have rallied around him.


Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software

Monday, August 25, 2014

One company and its algorithms are changing the way America's schools handle classroom ethics.


A Tale Of Two Polls

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Two surveys claim to capture the public's view of the Common Core State Standards. But they tell very different stories.


Gay-Rights Movement Tackles Cultural Battle In The Deep South

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Same-sex-marriage activists are working to win hearts and minds in the Deep South, where they've met the strongest resistance. One strategy is to host informal conversations.


The NPR Ed Mailbag: The Participation Trophy

Thursday, August 14, 2014

On Saturday, for our series on learning and play, I reported a story for Weekend Edition exploring this question: Should kids get a trophy for participating in organized sports? Well, it touched a nerve: comments, tweets and emails poured in — hundreds of them. So many that we thought ...


Should Kids Get A Trophy For Showing Up?

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Talk about a spirited debate ...

Just Google the question, "Should kids get trophies for participation?", and the first page yields headlines like "Losing Is Good For You" and "Hell YES all the little league kids should get trophies!"

I remember collecting a shelf full of participation trophies from years ...


Advice For Dating With Asperger's: Don't Call 100 Times A Week

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Dating isn't easy, and it's even less so when you've got Asperger's, an autism spectrum disorder that can make it hard to read social cues.

Jesse Saperstein knows that all too well. In his new book, "Getting a Life with Asperger's: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood," ...


When Kids Start Playing To Win

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

And, what the adults in their lives should do about it.


A Bird's-Eye View On Common Core Across The Country

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

With conservative commentator Glenn Beck renewing his fight against the Common Core State Standards, it's worth taking a bird's-eye view of the learning benchmarks. Where are they now...


College For Free: Tulsa's Radical Idea

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The city is investing big in its kids, and other cities and states are taking notes.


Gates To States: No Stakes Yet For Core Tests

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Politicians, parents and plenty of anxious teachers have long called for a free pass on next year's tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

It's not that they want out of them entirely (though some do). Most simply want to be sure teachers and students aren't judged on scores ...


Teachers Hit The Common Core Wall

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

For educators, the challenges of Common Core are huge.


The Common Core Curriculum Void

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

States and school districts are struggling to navigate the flood of new materials claiming to be Common Core-aligned.

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Standardized Testing: The Onion Nails It

Friday, May 30, 2014

Standardized tests. A lot of parents hate them because they think they're too stressful, that their kids take too many, and that a bad test could ruin hopes of Harvard.

Some teachers are dubious because they're often judged, in part, on how well kids do on these tests.

As for ...


Anatomy Of A Great Commencement Speech

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

What makes a good commencement address great? We read more than 300 speeches and singled out the qualities that made them rise to the top.


U.S. Tests Teens A Lot, But Worldwide, Exam Stakes Are Higher

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

American students take an alphabet soup of mandatory and voluntary exams: SAT, PISA, AP. Sure it's a lot, but in places like Japan and England, tests are incredibly high-stress and life-defining.


What Exactly Is 'High-Quality' Preschool?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

For years, President Obama has been a vocal booster of early childhood education. In his past two State of the Union addresses, he has called on Congress to help fund preschool for every child in the country.

"Research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a ...