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Saturday, August 01, 2015
On the second floor of Morgan State University's engineering building, Jacob Walker, 12, is putting the finishing touches on a ruler he's just created.
Not yet an actual ruler. One he's designing on the computer. He just needs to add his initials — then it's time to produce it on ...
Thursday, July 23, 2015
I can remember the weeks before starting school at Skidmore College, furiously trying to finish Gregory Howard Williams' memoir, Life on the Color Line. The book had been assigned as our freshman reading assignment — part of the First-Year Experience at the liberal arts school in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Thursday, July 09, 2015
A federal report out today reinforces the notion that when it comes to state standards, proficiency is still in the eye of the beholder.
A top-scoring student on Arizona's reading test may fall far below average in states with more rigorous exams, like Massachusetts or Wisconsin.
The new report, ...
Sunday, June 07, 2015
The national graduation rate is at an all-time high — 81 percent. It was such big news, President Obama touted it in this year's State of the Union address.
That got us thinking: What's the story behind that 81 percent?
Working with a team of reporters in 14 states, we ...
Monday, May 25, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
The commencement speech season is underway and recent grads are soaking up the advice and wisdom from speakers across the country.
Last weekend, Michelle Obama spoke at Tuskegee University in Alabama, one of the nation's premier historically black universities. She spoke openly about being black in America.
"There will be ...
Friday, May 01, 2015
No matter how high you climb in life, you never forget your favorite teacher.
This week, President Obama awarded Shanna Peeples, a high school English teacher from Amarillo, Texas, the title of the 2015 National Teacher of the Year.
We've been exploring great teaching as well, with our 50 ...
Friday, April 24, 2015
Open up the newspaper or turn on the news these days, and you'll find plenty of talk about race and racism. But it's a different story in many classrooms.
Some teachers don't consider race germane to their math or English syllabus. Others strive for colorblindness in the classroom, wanting to ...
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
For Whitney Bischoff, high school was tough. On the first day of her freshman year, a childhood friend committed suicide. Things weren't any better at home — her father died when she was 7 and her mom was an alcoholic with an abusive boyfriend.
She had a hard time making ...
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Last week we told the stories of our favorite teachers. We hoped that would inspire you, and we weren't disappointed.
We've heard from hundreds of people — on social media, in comments on the blog and via email. Here are a few of our favorites:
Lets start with Facebook. ...
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Deborah Oster Pannell's husband died when her son, Josiah, was 6 years old. That week, Pannell visited Josiah's school and, with his teacher and guidance counselor, explained to his first-grade class what had happened.
"I'll never forget the three of us sitting up there — and all these little shining ...
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
The NPR Ed team is discovering what teachers do when they're not teaching. Artist? Carpenter? Quidditch player? Explore our Secret Lives of Teachers series.
Name: Mike Lindstrom
School: Kyffin Elementary School
City, State: Golden, Colo.
Subject: General Ed
Tell us about your secret life.
Friday, December 26, 2014
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 ...
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Monica Shah opens her classroom door as first period social studies class is about to start. She's barely taller than the middle school students who shuffle down the hallway. "What up, DJ Shah?" a student calls out as he passes.
The call-out catches on. There is clapping and a few ...
Monday, November 24, 2014
For this series, we've been thinking a lot about the iconic tools that some of us remember using — if only for a short period of time — in our early schooling. Things like the slide rule and protractor, recorder and Bunsen burner.
Mere mention of today's tool sends shivers ...
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
You're a sixth-grader in New York City. Your principal gives you a choice: Get free tickets to a Columbia University football game, or participate in a music video in which your assistant principal is the lead singer.
The 66 fifth- and sixth-graders who chose to sing, dance and act are ...