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Thursday, June 09, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Gun control. Climate change. Donald Trump. Affirmative action.
The first presidential primaries are just weeks away and with all these debates and issues in the headlines, there's no question that students are going to want to talk about them.
But how should teachers handle these discussions?
Do politics belong in ...
Thursday, August 06, 2015
The Confederate flag. The Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Policing minority communities. Nuclear weapons and Iran. Summer often brings a lull in the news, but not this year. And, come September, students are going to want to talk about these headlines.
But how should teachers navigate our nation's thorny ...
Monday, July 27, 2015
It's been a theory of mine that the assistant principal has the toughest job in education.
I got that idea a long time ago, when I was a student teacher at a middle school.
It seemed the assistant principal's job goes something like this:
She's on duty well before the ...
Friday, May 29, 2015
I started off wondering whether I might be able to spell a few of the words right. I ended up realizing that most of them I had never even heard of before.
Iridocyclitis. Cibarial. Pyrrhuloxia. And so on.
It was one of the many surprises of an evening spent watching ...
Friday, October 31, 2014
Anne Sullivan was a great teacher. Famously, she was the "Miracle Worker," who taught a blind and deaf girl named Helen Keller to understand sign language and, eventually, to read and write.
Socrates ... now there was a great teacher. More than 2,000 years after he gave his last ...
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
So where do they go, all the teachers, when the bell rings at 3 o'clock?
When you're a kid, you don't really think they go anywhere. Except home, maybe, to grade papers and plan lessons and think up pop quizzes.
And when you find out otherwise, it's a strange experience. ...
Friday, October 03, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
One of the questions we're most frequently asked on the NPR Ed team is, essentially, "Don't you guys get a lot of money from the Gates Foundation?"
The answer is, of course, yes.
What that question is often implying is: "Aren't you guys just a mouthpiece for the Gates Foundation's ...
Monday, June 30, 2014
Look no further than Hollywood this summer to know that new ideas are often just old ones that have been dragged out of the past and dressed up to look fresh.
It happens in journalism too, and education journalism is no exception. Having covered this stuff for a long ...
Friday, June 13, 2014
We're reporting this week on special education, which means inevitably we run up against questions of how we should refer to students with disabilities and to the disabilities themselves.
It's a minefield, comparable to the tensions and complexity of writing about race and ethnicity.
It's important to get it right. ...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
It's a frequent complaint in education journalism: Reporters should spend less time at school board meetings and get into a classroom to find out what's really going on.
For reporters, though, that's a challenge and a risk, because lots of good journalists don't know what to look for in a ...
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
In the runup to this week's launch of NPR Ed, our team spent a lot of time talking about who we want to be and what kind of stories we want to tell. Stories about learning, stories about teachers and professors and students and principals and parents. Stories that ...
Monday, March 03, 2014
For history nerds, it's fascinating to see the word "Crimea" back in the news. The last time this peninsula on the Black Sea dominated world headlines was nearly 160 years ago. (Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin met there at the town of Yalta in 1945, but that ...