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Stories about education, opportunity, and how people learn. From APM Reports.

Episode Date
Students on the Move: Keeping uprooted kids in school
A growing body of research finds that repeatedly uprooted children are more likely to struggle in school and more likely to drop out. But there are ways to help them succeed.
Aug 14, 2019
Under a Watchful Eye: How colleges are tracking students to boost graduation
Colleges need to get more students to graduate, and many schools are embracing a tool used by corporations and social media companies to track the clicks and movements of their customers: big data.
Aug 06, 2019
Coming soon on the Educate podcast
Seven new episodes beginning Aug. 6.
Aug 02, 2019
Tens of thousands of dollars later, most college grads say the degree was worth it
A recent survey from the APM Research Lab found most Americans think college is worth the cost.
Mar 11, 2019
Majority of Americans don't know that government has cut billions from higher education funding
A survey from the APM Research Lab shows that many people think funding has increased or stayed the same.
Feb 25, 2019
U.S. continues to slip behind other countries in percentage of population with degrees
A lack of highly skilled workers leaves American employers unable to fill jobs.
Jan 28, 2019
Oklahoma charter school becomes lightning rod in debate over rural education
A businessman struggling to recruit employees opened the school despite objections from the local school board.
Dec 17, 2018
Hundreds of thousands of people could lose their legal status. One hopes to graduate with his college degree first
If the Trump administration has its way, Jose would be forced from the U.S. just a few months before graduation.
Dec 03, 2018
Despite decades of pledging to hire more black faculty, most universities didn't
The number of black faculty on college campuses has gone down during the last decade.
Nov 05, 2018
As they lose customers, universities try expanding the menu
Colleges nationwide have added more than 40,000 new degree and certificate programs in last six years, but are they better serving students?
Oct 22, 2018
In the fight over Kavanaugh, echoes of a battle being waged on college campuses nationwide
Across the country, schools wrestle with how sexual assault is defined and how much proof is needed.
Oct 08, 2018
Poverty, perseverance and a PhD
An elite university helped her climb but changing class can be a lonely journey.
Sep 24, 2018
School on the move
A little-known program has been helping the children of migrant farmworkers graduate for more than 50 years.
Aug 13, 2018
Edged out of the middle class, teachers are walking out
Dissatisfied with low pay and school funding, teachers in more red states are poised to protest.
Jul 30, 2018
State financial aid money dries up before many low-income college students get help
Last year, almost a million students who qualified for state financial aid didn't get it.
Jul 16, 2018
Louisiana ends policy that held thousands of students back a grade or more
Students held back were at high risk of dropping out.
Jun 15, 2018
Hard Words: Why Aren't Our Kids Being Taught to Read?
Scientific research has shown how children learn to read and how they should be taught. But many educators don't know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail.
Sep 10, 2018
Old Idea, New Economy: Rediscovering Apprenticeships
You might think apprenticeships are a relic from an earlier era, but a growing number of Americans are using them as a way into the middle class.
Sep 03, 2018
Still Rising: First-Generation College Students a Decade Later
They bet that college would help them move up. Did it pay off?
Aug 27, 2018
Protecting the legacy of HBCUs
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently called HBCUs "real pioneers of school choice." We thought this would be a good time to revisit our documentary, "The Living Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century."
Mar 02, 2017
Changing Class: Are Colleges Helping Americans Move Up?
Colleges have long offered a pathway to success for just about anyone. But new research shows that with the country growing ever more economically divided, colleges are not doing enough to help students from poor families achieve the American Dream.
Aug 20, 2018
Liberal arts face uncertain future at nation's universities
Programs are being cut to make way for degrees with "clear career pathways."
Jun 04, 2018
Giving parents more freedom to choose doesn't guarantee better schools
Other countries offer clues about how effective nationwide school choice would be in the U.S.
May 21, 2018
'I never want to be in a neighborhood where I'm shot at again'
A first-generation college graduate reflects on moving up America's class ladder.
May 07, 2018
Hard to Read: How American Schools Fail Kids with Dyslexia
There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn to read, and a federal law that's supposed to ensure schools provide kids with help. But across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place.
Sep 12, 2017
Shadow Class: College Dreamers in Trump's America
President Trump is ending DACA, which allowed some 800,000 undocumented young people to stay and work in the United States. For some, that may mean the end of a dream of going to college. This program profiles DACA students and their opponents and examines a key court case and political forces that led to this moment.
Sep 07, 2017
Shackled Legacy: Universities and the Slave Trade
Profits from slavery and related industries helped build some of the most prestigious schools in New England. This documentary focuses on three universities -- Harvard, Georgetown and the University of Virginia -- as they grapple with a deeply troubling chapter in their vaunted histories.
Sep 04, 2017
Keeping Teachers
There may be nothing more important in the educational life of a child than having effective teachers. But the United States is struggling to attract and keep teachers.
Aug 28, 2017
Stuck at Square One: The Remedial Education Trap
A system meant to give college students a better shot at succeeding is actually getting in the way of many, costing them time and money and taking a particular toll on students of color.
Aug 18, 2016
Spare the Rod: Reforming School Discipline
A get-tough attitude prevailed among educators in the 1980s and 1990s, but research shows that zero-tolerance policies don't make schools safer and lead to disproportionate discipline for students of color.
Aug 25, 2016
What it Takes: Chasing Graduation at High-Poverty High Schools
The nation's high school graduation rate is at an all-time high, but high-poverty schools face a stubborn challenge. Schools in Miami and Pasadena are trying to do things differently.
Sep 01, 2016
Rewriting the Sentence: College Behind Bars
After an abrupt reversal 20 years ago, some prisons and colleges try to maintain college education for prisoners.
Sep 08, 2016
Are America's colleges promoting social mobility?
Economists dig into the data to understand which schools are doing the most to help revive the American Dream.
Apr 23, 2018
Schools prove soft targets for hackers
Cybersecurity is a growing concern as schools collect an increasing amount of data on students.
Apr 09, 2018
High schools push few students with disabilities to consider college
Most students with disabilities can make it to and through college, but are hindered by low expectations.
Mar 26, 2018
Is the trauma of training for a school shooter worth it?
Most American students practice "active shooter" drills in school. Fewer than one in a million of them will need it.
Mar 12, 2018
A college degree, or your money back
A growing number of colleges and universities are guaranteeing a job after graduation.
Feb 26, 2018
Overwhelmed by student debt, many low-income students drop out
Almost a third of Americans who take out loans to pay for college don't get a degree.
Feb 12, 2018
High school football makes a comeback in New Orleans
Charter schools cut football to win minds. Now to win hearts, they're bringing it back.
Jan 29, 2018
Rewriting the Sentence: College Behind Bars
It's one of the best defenses against recidivism, but investment is lacking.
Nov 06, 2017
Nearly 1 in 5 female college students are single moms
Struggling to juggle school, work and child care, most of them won't make it to graduation.
Jan 15, 2018
History of civil rights movement gets short shrift in Mississippi classrooms
Despite efforts to require lessons on civil rights, outdated textbooks indicate little has changed.
Dec 18, 2017
Rural students are the least likely to go to college
They're being ignored as the nation tries to ramp up degree completion.
Dec 04, 2017
Yoga and dogs bring calm to school for troubled kids
The doors are locked at this special ed school in Minneapolis so no one runs away. It's a surprising place to find kids doing breathing exercises.
Nov 20, 2017
Mr. Rodriguez is undocumented and unafraid
Teachers with DACA serving low-income, immigrant communities could be tough to replace.
Oct 23, 2017
Resegregation in Alabama
When predominantly white cities secede from larger districts, it has a segregating effect.
Oct 09, 2017
How alumni revived a dying college
As small private colleges struggle to survive, we look at one that almost didn't make it.
Sep 25, 2017
'The oldest not-18-year-old'
A descendant of slaves sold to save Georgetown University in 1838 will be a member of this year's freshman class — at age 63.
Aug 07, 2017
Segregation's Back
People who lived through the desegregation era see their former schools fall back into segregation.
Jul 21, 2017
What children in food deserts do during the summer
There are millions of kids in America who the USDA considers "food insecure" -- they live in households without regular access to nutritious food. For them, school feeding programs are essential.
Jul 10, 2017
When a diploma means more than just 'seat time'
A state law says Maine high school students have to prove they have mastered specific skills to get a diploma.
Jun 26, 2017
College is a leap of faith - and funds - for first-generation students
At a public charter school in Boston, students spend years preparing to go to college. But paying for it is another story.
Jun 12, 2017
'All they wanted to do was get an education'
Thirty-five years ago, four immigrant families won a landmark Supreme Court case that protects the rights of children in the United States to attend public schools, whether they have papers or not.
May 30, 2017
Making room for poor kids at rich schools
A new study shows selective colleges could bring in many more talented low-income students. So why don't they?
May 16, 2017
A public school that's just for immigrants
English learners are the least likely to graduate from high school when compared to other groups of students. There's a new high school in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that's trying to help new immigrant students beat the odds.
May 02, 2017
Is free college free?
New York's new scholarship promises free college, for a price.
Apr 18, 2017
Kids with dyslexia are not getting what they need in American public schools
A mother and her dyslexic daughter tell their story. It's a preview of an upcoming documentary from APM Reports.
Apr 04, 2017
Immigration enforcement has DACA students on edge
Collision over college dreams for undocumented students.
Mar 21, 2017
Improving the odds for young black men
Can the excitement about My Brother's Keeper last now that Obama's out of office?
Mar 07, 2017
Reforming School Discipline
If suspensions don't work, what does?
Feb 17, 2017
The great equalizer
Are we asking too much of America's high-poverty schools?
Feb 09, 2017
'Dick and Jane were not my friends'
There are proven techniques to help children with learning disabilities, but can affected kids get what they need in public schools?
Feb 02, 2017
The View From Room 205
One reporter chronicles a neighborhood school in need of the American dream.
Jan 26, 2017
Chinese students ponder Trump
How much will anti-immigrant rhetoric dissuade foreigners from studying in the United States?
Jan 19, 2017
What Betsy DeVos might bring to the Department of Education
The nominee for secretary of education has a long history of funding school-choice efforts and charter schools in Michigan.
Jan 12, 2017
High achievers left behind
In a system that prioritizes struggling students, what happens to everybody else?
Jan 05, 2017
Detroit students sue for better school conditions
The suit claims Michigan is denying Detroit students their fundamental right to literacy.
Dec 22, 2016
School confronts trauma in students' lives
Adversity isn't destiny at a "trauma-informed" school in Minnesota.
Dec 16, 2016
Offering sanctuary to vulnerable students
An immigration law scholar says colleges have no business declaring their campuses "sanctuaries" for undocumented students.
Dec 08, 2016
Keeping black teachers
Why African American teachers are leaving the profession faster than they're entering it.
Dec 01, 2016
Fear, uncertainty for undocumented students under Trump administration
Since 2012, many undocumented young people have been protected from the threat of deportation. With a new president, that may change.
Nov 17, 2016
College-educated and out-of-touch
Donald Trump's win was a surprise to many in the college-educated elite. Should it have been?
Nov 10, 2016
Election leaves undocumented students in limbo
The next president could end temporary protections for undocumented college students.
Nov 03, 2016
Clinton and Trump don't talk much about education
Education has hardly been mentioned in the presidential debates. We look at where the candidates stand.
Oct 27, 2016
The stress of racism may impact learning
A new study finds that black and Latino students who experience racism have higher levels of cortisol, a hormone linked to stress, and one that is known to impact focus and learning.
Oct 20, 2016
Talking about race in schools
Can children as young as 4 learn to have meaningful dialogues about race?
Oct 13, 2016
Schools give low-income students a chance to travel abroad
Some in education think providing travel opportunities can reduce the gap in how well some groups of students perform in school.
Oct 07, 2016
What a flipped classroom looks like
In a flipped classroom, students watch or listen to lectures on their own, then spend class time working on projects.
Sep 29, 2016
A new study finds school readiness gaps have declined over the past decade
What does it look like to be ready for school?
Sep 23, 2016
How thousands of kids were denied special education in Texas
Strap on your cowboy boots: A new investigation by the Houston Chronicle finds that Texas has denied special education services to thousands of kids in the state.
Sep 15, 2016
Hungry hungry students

With the Hollywood depictions of frat bros chugging beer and hippies snacking on munchies, the starving college student might seem like a […]

Aug 11, 2016
What is restorative justice?

In the United States, three million kids are suspended from school every year. Yet research shows suspension is often ineffective: it doesn’t […]

Aug 04, 2016
A homeless student struggles towards graduation

This week, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidelines to states and school districts for supporting homeless children. Over one […]

Jul 28, 2016
The facts and fictions of student debt

Stories all over the news have identified a new crisis in the United States: student debt. They say debt is […]

Jul 21, 2016
Race in suburban schools

Picture the suburbs. Before Arcade Fire, there was Leave It to Beaver, the white picket fence, perfectly manicured lawns. You’re […]

Jul 14, 2016
Going to college in prison

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education announced plans to reinstate federal scholarships for incarcerated prisoners. Through 67 different colleges and universities, […]

Jul 07, 2016
Few teachers, little money, low test scores: Rural schools in the South

Rural schools in the United States face an abundance of problems: budget cuts, shrinking enrollments, teacher shortages, poor internet. Nowhere […]

Jun 30, 2016
Merging small, rural school districts

Last week we started a series on rural schools by looking at Vermont – a state where more than half of public […]

Jun 23, 2016
Fighting for ‘our school’

School in Smalltown, USA is changing. Over the past several decades, rural schools have suffered as enrollment has dropped and […]

Jun 17, 2016
How do we learn better: digital or print?

Nowadays, parents are always complaining that their kids are always on their cell phones. “No Snapchat at the dinner table!” they […]

Jun 09, 2016
Theological schools feel the squeeze

Roughly 7 in 10 Americans still identify as part of the Christian faith. But the numbers have been declining over the past […]

Jun 02, 2016
The ‘invisible tax’ on teachers of color

In a recent Washington Post op-ed, US Secretary of Education John King made the case that teachers of color suffer from […]

May 26, 2016
Should colleges teach men how to be men?

Today, women are more likely to go to college than men. And they perform better academically once they get there. […]

May 05, 2016
‘My frain is bried’: shadowing a student

Recently, more than 1400 educators from all 50 states and 30 different countries took the Shadow a Student Challenge. They […]

Apr 28, 2016
High school job prep

Typically, a student’s education is supposed like this: elementary, middle, high school. College. Job. The idea that high school can […]

Apr 21, 2016
How tutoring helps students

Private tutoring for students can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars per year. But economist Jonathan Guryan co-authored a study that found tutoring […]

Apr 14, 2016
Is advanced math necessary?

Before you devour this week’s episode, listen to last week’s American RadioWorks podcast “Decoding the Math Myth.” Really do it. […]

Apr 07, 2016
Decoding the math myth

Politicians and economists say people need advanced math skills to be successful in the highly technical jobs of the 21st century. […]

Mar 31, 2016
Writing discipline reform into law

We’re working on a documentary that explores the backlash against harsh school discipline policies across the country. In Minnesota, there’s […]

Mar 24, 2016
The science gap starts early

Before their very first day of kindergarten, white and affluent children already know more about science than children of other […]

Mar 17, 2016
Minnesota’s graduation gap

Minnesota has a reputation for having good schools and strong standardized test scores. And that’s true for white children – […]

Mar 10, 2016
A brief history of school discipline

Research shows suspensions aren’t effective at changing kids’ behavior. And kids of color are more likely to get kicked out […]

Mar 03, 2016
Colleges want smart AND nice

The college application process has come under scrutiny in a new report by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The […]

Feb 26, 2016
What students in remedial english can teach us about K-12 education

Nearly two-thirds of all students who enroll in community college are not “college-ready” in math and/or English. And of these, […]

Feb 18, 2016
Making sure learning sticks

Here’s some good news for students out there: if you want to memorize something, put your books down. Research shows […]

Feb 12, 2016
When school vouchers are not a leg up

School voucher programs allow students to use public funds to pay for private school. This concept is very controversial. Supporters […]

Feb 04, 2016
Learning financial literacy

Most teenagers are not learning about personal finance in school, according to an annual survey on financial literacy. Only five […]

Jan 28, 2016
Questioning inequalities in higher ed

College was once considered the path of upward mobility in this country. And, for many people, it still is. But […]

Jan 21, 2016
Learning as a science

What does research say about how students learn best? Deans for Impact, a group of deans from schools of education around […]

Jan 15, 2016
Where are the student voices in ed reform?

A growing coalition of young people claims that student voices are largely missing from discussions of education reform. Andrew Brennen […]

Jan 07, 2016
Most likely to succeed

In most modern work places employees are expected to be self-directed and also work collaboratively. But do conventional public schools do […]

Dec 24, 2015
Siblings and the education gender gap

Girls in the United States graduate from high school at higher rates than boys. This gap is much more pronounced […]

Dec 17, 2015
Where budding chefs learn philosophy, too

Colleges and universities are under increasing pressure from taxpayers to prove that graduates will be able to get jobs. According to […]

Dec 10, 2015
Letting kids fail

A few years ago, writer Jessica Lahey started noticing something troubling about many of her students: they were afraid of making mistakes […]

Dec 03, 2015
Inside school discipline in mississippi

Policymakers and community leaders have started to question traditional forms of school discipline like detention, suspension and expulsion because research shows that […]

Nov 25, 2015
Building bridges between the Western and Arab worlds

After terrorist violence like the recent attacks on Paris by the group calling itself ISIS, some chose to blame an entire […]

Nov 19, 2015
Inside Oyler: a conversation with Amy Scott

Amy Scott first visited Oyler School in 2012 as the education correspondent for Marketplace. Oyler was a neighborhood school in Cincinnati, […]

Nov 11, 2015
Learning to breathe

Schools in Rockland County, N.Y. first started daily mindfulness lessons several years ago. Teachers noticed it was a way to […]

Oct 29, 2015
Is the growth mindset craze overblown?

Last week on the podcast, we ran a story about “growth mindset,” a popular term in education that came from […]

Oct 22, 2015
Helping students adopt a ‘growth mindset’

“Growth mindset” is a term coined by Stanford Psychologist Carol Dweck. It means that students who view intelligence as pliable – […]

Oct 16, 2015
The rising cost of extracurriculars

It can be pricey to have kids involved in sports or other after-school activities. A recent report from American Express claims […]

Oct 08, 2015
Wikipedia’s bum rap

Wikipedia has gotten a lot of flak over the years for being inaccurate and untrustworthy. But in 2010, Wikimedia, the […]

Oct 01, 2015
A visit from the Church Lady

Back in the 1960s, the Supreme Court declared it was unconstitutional for public schools to sponsor organized prayer and bible […]

Sep 25, 2015
Teaching black lives matter

In November, a new social studies book about the Black Lives Matter movement will be available for middle school and […]

Sep 17, 2015
Beyond the Blackboard: Building Character in Public Schools
This documentary explores the "Expeditionary Learning" approach, traces the history of ideas that led to its inception, and investigates what American schools could learn from its success.
Sep 10, 2015
From Boots to Books: Student Veterans and the New GI Bill
The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives.
Sep 03, 2015
Teaching Teachers
Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job.
Aug 27, 2015
The Living Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century
Before the civil rights movement, African Americans were largely barred from white-dominated institutions of higher education. And so black Americans, and their white supporters, founded their own schools, which came to be known as Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Aug 20, 2015
From the Archives: Early Lessons

Head Start got its start 50 years ago. Our documentary, “Early Lessons,” by Emily Hanford, profiles the program that inspired […]

Aug 07, 2015
Goodbye, College Ratings (For Now)

For the past two years the Obama administration has been working on a way to rate colleges based on their accessibility, […]

Jul 30, 2015
Sweet Briar Returns

Sweet Briar College was about to close its doors after 114 years of operation. But it turns out it won’t […]

Jul 23, 2015
The Future of Historically Black Colleges

This fall we’ll be launching a new documentary about Historically Black Colleges and Universities, also known as HBCUs. They were […]

Jul 15, 2015
Talking About Race in Schools

In 1998, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) published a statement on race. It concluded that race is a social idea, […]

Jul 07, 2015
Minorities and Special Ed

African-American children represent about 14 percent of the school-aged population in the United States. But they make up 19 percent of […]

Jul 02, 2015
Learning from Video Games

A lot of parents worry about whether their kids’ video game habits are harmful – especially when gaming gets in the way […]

Jun 23, 2015
Teaching the Birds and the Bees

For more than a century, Americans have been arguing about how to teach children about the birds and the bees […]

Jun 17, 2015
Million-Dollar Teacher

A few months ago Nancie Atwell received the $1-million-dollar Global Teacher Prize in recognition of her decades of teaching English and literacy skills […]

Jun 02, 2015
Divestment on Campus

Across the world, college students are urging their institutions to “divest” from fossil fuels. Divestment is short for dis-investment, a strategy used in […]

May 28, 2015
Can how you move change how you think?

Scientists have long thought of the brain as a “control center” for the body – a kind of computer that […]

May 20, 2015
Forest Schools

There are places in the world where kids go to school not in classrooms, but in the woods. The Forest […]

May 13, 2015
Exposing Conditions at Native Schools

There are 183 federally-run Bureau of Indian Education schools in the nation, and about a third of these are in poor condition. […]

May 06, 2015
Green Teachers

A generation ago, if you walked into an American classroom, you’d likely find a veteran teacher who’d been on the […]

Apr 29, 2015
The First Gen Movement

As we’ve reported, over the past decade many elite colleges have taken great strides to admit low-income students, but there […]

Apr 22, 2015
The Lost Children of Katrina

After Hurricane Katrina tens of thousands of children were forced to evacuate their homes and attend school in other cities and […]

Apr 15, 2015
Saving a Women’s College from Closure

Sweet Briar College in rural Virginia has been educating women for 114 years, but last month the college’s board announced that […]

Apr 08, 2015
The Future of College

We talked last week with Kevin Carey, author of “The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University […]

Apr 01, 2015
The End of College or the University of Everywhere

A lot of people in the higher education world are worried about the future. Rising costs, more competition for fewer applicants, the […]

Mar 25, 2015

Today older Americans are heading back to school in record numbers. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that students […]

Mar 18, 2015
The Test

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced last week that he wants to cut the amount of required state and federal testing […]

Mar 11, 2015
An Administrator Responds to Adjunct Protests

On last week’s podcast we talked about growing dissent among adjunct college instructors who claim they’re not getting compensated fairly […]

Mar 04, 2015
Adjuncts Unite

What would higher education look like without adjunct professors? That’s what a grass-roots group of academics is trying to prove by holding […]

Feb 25, 2015
To Test or Not to Test?

Sometime in the next few weeks, Senate Republicans and Democrats will vote to reauthorize The No Child Left Behind Act […]

Feb 19, 2015
Looking back: An Imperfect Revolution

The Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case outlawed segregated schools. It took some time for America’s classrooms […]

Feb 11, 2015
Are HBCUs the Key to Producing More African American Physicians?

African Americans make up 13 percent of the population, yet barely 4 percent of the nation’s doctors are black, and less than 2 percent are […]

Feb 04, 2015
Boosting Black Male Student Achievement

Black males who drop out of high school have a 70 percent chance of going to prison by the time […]

Jan 28, 2015
Free Community College for All

President Barack Obama wants to make the first two years of community college free for what he calls “responsible students” who […]

Jan 22, 2015
What’s in a number?

Our guest this week has a message for high school seniors and their parents who are poring over the latest […]

Jan 14, 2015
Following the Money in Education Philanthropy

Philanthropic foundations have been giving money to public education for years.  In 1993, the Annenberg Challenge put $500 million towards […]

Jan 05, 2015
Rising prices on the poorest

In January 2014 nearly a hundred college presidents gathered at the White House for a summit on the rising cost […]

Dec 16, 2014
How Much Will College Cost My Family?

In 2011 the federal government required colleges and universities to publish “net price calculators” on their web sites. These tools […]

Dec 09, 2014
Bridging the “Middle Skills” Gap

There’s a paradox in today’s job market: even though there are millions of people looking for work, employers say they […]

Dec 02, 2014
Academic Fraud and College Athletics

College sports are big business in the United States. Unpaid student athletes help bring in millions of dollars for top […]

Nov 25, 2014
The Utility of a PhD

Humanities professors at colleges and universities are re-thinking what it means to offer a PhD. The old model is proving […]

Nov 18, 2014
What’s unfair about college grad rates

It’s no coincidence that college graduation rates are highest for the most selective schools. The Department of Education metric considers […]

Nov 04, 2014
How to help students hope

What if  educators looked for strengths rather than weaknesses in students?  A mindset that focuses on assets and talents could change […]

Oct 28, 2014
What teachers need

In her new book, Building a Better Teacher, Elizabeth Green explores how teaching works. She says teachers’ skill and knowledge […]

Oct 14, 2014
Intelligence is achievable and other lessons from The Teacher Wars

Good teachers know that intelligence is achievable. That knowledge informs how they act in the classroom. In part two of […]

Oct 07, 2014
Teaching: The most embattled profession

In The Teacher Wars, author Dana Goldstein explores the roots of today’s fights about education. From tenure to desegregation, teacher training to curriculum, Goldstein […]

Oct 01, 2014
Video games: New literacy for a complex world

Author James Paul Gee says video games are problems to solve that come with their own tools. He challenges educators […]

Sep 24, 2014
Ed researchers: Colleges can do more for students, especially in a bad economy

Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s new book, Aspiring Adults Adrift, follows 2009 college graduates into the world of work and […]

Sep 19, 2014
Ready to Work: Reviving Vocational Ed
Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education.
Sep 11, 2014
The New Face of College
Just 20 percent of college-goers fit the stereotype of being young, single, full-time students who finish a degree in four years. College students today are more likely to be older, part-time, working, and low-income than they were three decades ago.
Sep 04, 2014
Greater Expectations: The Challenge of the Common Core
The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school.
Aug 28, 2014
The Science of Smart
Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better.
Aug 21, 2014
Reinventing college for a new kind of student

Long-predicted demographic changes mean a new kind of student is figuring out where to go to college, and how to […]

Aug 04, 2014
Is school funding fair?

Even though public schools are supposed to provide free education to anyone who enrolls, their quality can vary from state […]

Jul 29, 2014
Who Needs College?

In May Stephen Smith was invited to be on a panel in Minneapolis that focused on the value of higher […]

Jul 22, 2014
Unionizing Adjuncts

A growing number of adjunct faculty at colleges and universities across the country are voting to unionize. Data from the […]

Jul 15, 2014
Kids and Data Mining

The government wants to collect data on America’s children. And that has parents across the country more than a little […]

Jul 08, 2014
Inside the Common Core: Math

The second of a series on what’s inside the Common Core State Standards. Last week we heard about the English […]

Jul 01, 2014
Inside the Common Core: ELA

What do children need to know in school to be prepared for the future? That’s the question that drives a […]

Jun 24, 2014
Military-Friendly Campuses

Members of the military and their spouses face more challenges than traditional students when it comes to getting a college […]

Jun 17, 2014
Is Coding Fundamental?

Next fall, dozens of school districts nationwide will offer new computer coding classes. Advocates say computer programming is a fundamental […]

Jun 10, 2014
Sexual Assault on Campus

This spring, the Obama administration announced it was joining the effort to hold colleges and universities more accountable for sexual […]

Jun 03, 2014
The Education Gender Gap

A new report says middle-schoolers who get Bs and Cs are less likely to finish college than their peers who […]

May 27, 2014
College Bang for the Buck

For decades young people have been told that college is the path to prosperity. And research bears that out. But […]

May 20, 2014
The Kalamazoo Promise

In 2005, a group of philanthropists decided to fund a scholarship program for public high school graduates in Kalamazoo, Michigan. […]

May 13, 2014
Degrees of Inequality

Higher education has long been an engine of social mobility in this country. But today’s college choices may actually be […]

May 06, 2014
Navigating the Financial Aid System

Spring is the time of year when college acceptance letters start landing in the mailboxes – and inboxes – of […]

Apr 29, 2014
Yes We Must

A new majority of students going to college are low-income, Hispanic or African-American, and from the southern or western United […]

Apr 22, 2014
School Counseling Crisis

California schools have an average of 1,000 students for every guidance counselor. The American School Counselor Association recommends a ratio […]

Apr 15, 2014
Problem-Solving Skills and Jobs

A new international survey of 15-year-olds shows students in the United States are pretty good problem solvers. The Organization for […]

Apr 08, 2014
Holding Online Schools Accountable

A new survey shows online K-12 schools under-performing brick-and-mortar schools. Recommendations include specialized teacher training for virtual instruction and more […]

Apr 01, 2014
Don’t Wake a Sleeping Teenager

Neuroscience research says teenagers don’t just like to sleep; they need to sleep. A new CDC study suggests early high […]

Mar 25, 2014
The Attainment Agenda

A new book says success for low-income college students should be a national priority. There’s no G.I. Bill or Higher […]

Mar 18, 2014
The SAT Gets Revamped

The College Board announced last week that it’s going to redesign the SAT exam by spring 2016. Will a new […]

Mar 11, 2014
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Struggle to Compete

Until the end of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and early ’70s, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) […]

Mar 04, 2014
Remaking Education

A new paper says teachers shouldn’t be held accountable in a system that fails students. It suggests ways to take […]

Feb 26, 2014
Snow Days and Test Scores

Snow days have been plentiful in 2014. What impact do they have on student test scores? Guest: Joshua Goodman, Professor […]

Feb 19, 2014
Helping Community College Students Graduate

About half of all college students in the United States go to community colleges and only a third of those […]

Feb 12, 2014
Can Teach for America Keep Its Promise?

Teach for America wants to close the achievement gap by sending future leaders to some of the nation’s toughest schools. […]

Feb 05, 2014
Does Teach for America Need Reforming?

A new study says Teach for American may be more costly than valuable. Guest: Julian Vasquez Heilig, Professor of Education, […]

Jan 29, 2014
Improving Teacher Ed

Many schools of education are awful, experts say. A new system for accrediting teaching colleges may add rigor and improve […]

Jan 22, 2014
A Conservative Defends Common Core

Conservative and liberal activists across the country are speaking out against Common Core State Standards. But Michael Petrilli, who works […]

Jan 15, 2014
This College Breaks the Mold

At Quest University in Canada, there are no departments, no majors and no faculty ranks. Classes are co-taught by a […]

Jan 08, 2014
Talking to Baby

Research shows the more words babies hear, the better they do in school. The achievement gap starts early; now so […]

Jan 01, 2014
Invent to Learn

Many educators say the best way to learn is by combining what you learn in school with real-world practice and […]

Dec 25, 2013
College Un-Affordability

The cost of college keeps going up. But family earnings are staying the same. This is leading to an unsustainable […]

Dec 18, 2013
The United States gets a “C”

The results are in from academic tests of 15-year-olds in 65 countries and regions. PISA shows Finland slipping, Vietnam doing […]

Dec 11, 2013
Competency-Based Education

At most colleges, a degree is based on “seat time.” But economists argue that the number of college grads is […]

Dec 04, 2013
College in High School

It’s not just Advanced Placement any more. A new trend is for students taking college classes for college credit while […]

Nov 27, 2013
Measuring School Improvement

A new study finds that the emphasis on accountability since No Child Left Behind may be harming students, not helping […]

Nov 20, 2013
Grouping Kids by Ability: Drawbacks

Grouping students by ability has become more prevalent since No Child Left Behind. But does academic “sorting” hurt low-performing students? […]

Nov 13, 2013
Grouping Kids by Ability: Benefits

Is academic tracking good for our kids? New research shows gains in test scores when students are sorted by their […]

Nov 06, 2013
Trey Kay’s “The Long Game: Texas’ Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom”

In November Texas plans to adopt new science textbooks which will be used in classrooms there for the next decade. […]

Oct 29, 2013
Adult Literacy Around the World

A new global survey shows that American adults scored below average in literacy and math skills, even though they’ve gone […]

Oct 23, 2013
James Meredith’s Education Mission

In 1962, James Meredith launched a one-man crusade to integrate the University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss. Today, […]

Oct 16, 2013
Smartest Kids in the World

Kids in some other countries learn more at school than American students do. A new book says that’s about what […]

Oct 09, 2013
What Good Are Field Trips

Tight budgets and more emphasis on test scores mean fewer field trips. New research shows how and why field trips […]

Oct 02, 2013
Crossing Class

The Ivy League isn’t on the radar for most poor students. Travis Reginal defied the odds, and is now a […]

Sep 25, 2013
Delve into Deeper Learning

Author of key report says students need both knowledge and know-how; content and the skills to apply it. Guest: Jim […]

Sep 18, 2013
Second-Chance Diploma: Examining the GED
Most test-takers hope the GED will lead to a better job or more education. But critics say the GED encourages some students to drop out of school. And research shows the credential is of little value to most people who get one.
Sep 01, 2013
Teaching to Each

Our guest says teachers must meet students where they are, even if that’s 40 different places. Guest: Carol Ann Tomlinson, […]

Aug 21, 2013
The Sweet Spot of Learning

Kids are naturally curious, but not naturally good thinkers.How personalized learning may help them learn to think. Guest: Daniel Willingham, […]

Aug 14, 2013
Pitfalls of the Common Core

A supporter-turned-critic of the Common Core says the new standards may hurt more than they help. Guest: Carol Burris, New […]

Aug 07, 2013
One Child at a Time: Custom Learning in the Digital Age
Learning with a personal tutor is one of the oldest and best ways to learn. Hiring a tutor for every student was never a realistic option. Now, new computer programs can customize education for each child.
Aug 01, 2013
Common Core Explained

The Common Core State Standards will tell educators what to expect of students, but not what or how to teach. […]

Jul 31, 2013
Achievement Gap Among States

Why do students in some states do better than students in others? A new report says the gap in state […]

Jul 24, 2013
What to Teach

The Core Knowledge Foundation says the Common Core State Standards will help schools know what to measure, but not necessarily […]

Jul 17, 2013
Exercise for the Brain

Physical activity is good for learning. Yet many schools cut back on gym class and even cracking down on fidgeting. […]

Jul 10, 2013
The Cost of College

With tuition rising and debt mounting, author Jeffrey Selingo helps parents and students do the math for college. Guest: Jeffrey […]

Jun 29, 2013
New Grad School for Teachers

A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality says most graduate schools of education don’t prepare teachers for […]

Jun 22, 2013
The Disruption of Blended Learning

How online tools may change classrooms today and forever. Guest: Heather Staker, Christensen Institute

Jun 15, 2013
Learning to Excel

Students are capable of excellent work. Some schools insist on it. Guest: Ron Berger, chief academic officer at Expeditionary Learning

Jun 08, 2013
Achievement Gap: For Richer or Poorer

How family income may cause disparities in school achievement, and what to do about it. Guest: Sean Reardon, professor of […]

Jun 01, 2013
The Case for Choice and Charters

A controversial principal with a compelling personal story on why tough love is what students need and teachers’ unions are […]

May 25, 2013
Anti-Pigeonhole Plan

New research shows how classroom teachers may be able to combat the impact of stereotype threat and help close the […]

May 18, 2013
Teachers Training Teachers

How one exemplary school district does professional development despite lean times. Long Beach, Calif. has become a national model by […]

May 11, 2013
Affirmative Action: Against

Why college admissions should be colorblind. The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the latest affirmative action case. Last […]

May 04, 2013
Affirmative Action: For

Why being colorblind is a fine aspiration and a dangerous policy. The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on another […]

Apr 27, 2013
After Atlanta: More or Less Cheating?

A key analyst during the Atlanta cheating scandal tells us what can be done about cheating as Common Core standards […]

Apr 20, 2013
Rethinking Pell Grants

Pell Grants have been helping low-income students go to college for 50 years. A new report recommends changing the way […]

Apr 13, 2013
Happy Teachers

A new poll finds that American teachers lead the most satisfied lives, second only to physicians. What’s making our overworked, […]

Apr 06, 2013
MOOC Recruiting

There’s a talent war for computer engineers in Silicon Valley. That’s why MOOCs are getting in the head hunting game, […]

Mar 30, 2013
New GED Coming

In January of 2014, the GED exam is going digital, and it’s going to be harder to pass. This adult […]

Mar 23, 2013
Employers Want More From College Grads

According to a new survey of employers, American colleges don’t produce enough qualified graduates for today’s workforce. Among the complaints: […]

Mar 16, 2013
Education Sequestration

As the nation braces for cuts to federal programs under sequestration, a top education reporter describes how this new era […]

Mar 09, 2013
Financial Ed and the Common Core

If students learn about personal finance in grade school, they’ll be more responsible spenders as adults. So goes the thinking […]

Mar 02, 2013
Project-Based Learning

A high school English teacher in Michigan says making videos of Shakespeare plays is better for students than memorizing facts […]

Feb 23, 2013
Beating the Odds

We met Tracy Edwards last year during our reporting at the YES Prep charter school network in Houston, Texas. Unlike […]

Feb 16, 2013
Need-Based Aid

Most private schools give out aid packages based on merit, often trying to compete for students from wealthy families who […]

Feb 09, 2013
Mississippi Charter Debate

Mississippi legislators recently passed legislation that would allow charter schools in the state for the first time. In the Mississippi […]

Feb 02, 2013
The Decline of Catholic Education

For much of the 20th century, a Catholic education was often a relatively inexpensive, higher-quality alternative to inner-city public schools. […]

Jan 26, 2013
Testing Teachers Reprise

Teacher quality was in the news again last week with a PBS documentary about former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee […]

Jan 19, 2013
Merit Badges for Veterans

Veterans who enter the workforce often have a tough time translating their military experience to “resume-ready” skills. But a new […]

Jan 12, 2013
Pre-K in OK

Oklahoma is one of the most politically conservative states in the nation and it’s also home to one of the […]

Jan 05, 2013
eBay for Professors

Ever heard of the self-employed college professor? Thanks to the efforts of the for-profit education company Straighter Line, some professors […]

Dec 29, 2012
School Safety

According to the U.S. Department of Education, schools are actually safer than they’ve been in decades – which makes the […]

Dec 22, 2012

It turns out being popular in high school could actually be important later in life. New research from the University […]

Dec 15, 2012
Diverse Schools

In the 1960s “white flight” sent many middle-class families from the cities to suburbs out of fear that the quality […]

Dec 08, 2012
Goodbye to Cursive

Since handwriting is becoming less important in modern life, teaching cursive is going out of style in American schools. But […]

Dec 01, 2012
The Real Digital Divide

For a long time it was assumed that a “digital divide” existed between rich kids and poor kids. But emerging […]

Nov 24, 2012
Tuition by Major

Florida governor Rick Scott is proposing a tiered pricing plan for the state’s colleges and universities that would cut tuition […]

Nov 17, 2012
The Military and the GED

The GED test was created to help returning World War Two veterans who hadn’t graduated from high school have an […]

Nov 10, 2012
Crack Cocaine and Education

From the 1960s to the 1980s the educational achievement gap between blacks and whites was shrinking. But around 1990 high […]

Nov 03, 2012
University of Phoenix Slims Down

The University of Phoenix is closing 115 of its campuses and learning centers and laying off about 800 employees. This […]

Oct 27, 2012
Parent Loan Debt

When parents borrow money to pay for their children to go to college, they don’t often expect to be repaying […]

Oct 20, 2012
Elite Online Ed

The Minerva Project is billing itself as the world’s first “elite” online university. Though still in development, its founder Ben […]

Oct 13, 2012
Tuition Discount

Last month, Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn. announced plans to make a dramatic cut in tuition for the 2013-2014 […]

Oct 06, 2012
Re-Learning How to Write

Some educators believe that honing analytical writing skills will improve student learning across disciplines. In an article in this month’s […]

Sep 29, 2012
Hidden Power of Character

For years, educators have assumed that teaching students cognitive skills like reading and math was the key to preparing them […]

Sep 22, 2012
Keyboard College: How Technology is Revolutionizing Higher Education
Digital technologies and the Internet are changing how many Americans go to college. From online learning to simulation programs to smart-machine mentors, the 21st-century student will be taught in fundamentally new ways.
Sep 13, 2012
The Rise of Phoenix: For-Profit Universities Shake Up the Academy
For-profit colleges have deep roots in American history, but until recently they were a tiny part of the higher education landscape. Now they are big players.
Sep 06, 2012
Grit, Luck and Money: Preparing Kids for College and Getting Them Through
More people are going to college than ever before, but a lot of them aren't finishing. Low-income students, in particular, struggle to get to graduation.
Aug 30, 2012
Economic Advantage of College

Since the Great Recession began in 2008 many college graduates and their families have been wondering: what good is an […]

Aug 25, 2012
Mississippi’s Troubled Schools

Mississippi has highest rate of childhood poverty of any state in the country. Research suggests that high-quality early childhood education […]

Aug 18, 2012
The Irreplaceables

A new report claims that both the best and the worst teachers are leaving urban school districts at similar rates. […]

Aug 11, 2012
Report on For-Profits

This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and the Workforce released a report that was very critical of […]

Aug 04, 2012
MOOCs are Trending

Massively Open Online Courses or MOOCS seem to be all the rage in elite higher education. Stanford, MIT, Harvard and […]

Jul 28, 2012
College in the New Economy

At a conference earlier this year, APM economics editor Chris Farrell spoke before a group of college admissions officers, enrollment […]

Jul 21, 2012
Making it Through College

Only 9 percent of low-income students complete a bachelor’s degree by age 24. Why are so many students quitting college, […]

Jul 14, 2012
Boys and Girls

Do boys and girls learn differently? According to the National Association for Single-Sex Public Education, boys and girls show significant […]

Jul 07, 2012
The Art of Medical Education

A prestigious medical school is trying an unusual way to teach young doctors to be more observant. ARW assistant producer […]

Jun 30, 2012
Elite College for All

Coursera is a new consortium of top colleges and universities that have joined together to offer what’s known as Massively […]

Jun 23, 2012
Three-Year Degree

As the cost of tuition increases faster than the rate of inflation, condensing a bachelor’s degree down to three years […]

Jun 16, 2012
College Possible

The road to college starts for many kids as early as middle school as they decide what courses they’re going […]

Jun 09, 2012
College Study Time

Are college students learning less than they used to? Some recent, high-profile studies suggest the answer is yes. One reason […]

Jun 02, 2012
Housing Boom and College Choice

A new study finds that lower- and middle-class families whose housing value increased during the boom of the late ’90s […]

May 26, 2012
Open Textbooks

The average college student spends upwards of $1,000 a year on textbooks. The University of Minnesota recently announced a project […]

May 19, 2012
Virtual Tutor

The University of Phoenix’s parent corporation, Apollo Group, recently bought Carnegie Learning – a company that developed something called a […]

May 12, 2012
Examining Mega Foundations

The president of one of the nation’s largest philanthropies joins us to address recent critiques that foundations are playing too […]

May 05, 2012
Advocacy Philanthropy

A new research paper focuses on the so-called “advocacy philanthropy” of the two largest higher education grant-makers in this country. […]

Apr 28, 2012
Flipping the Classroom

This week we talk to a teacher who’s helping lead the “flipped” classroom movement. Instead of spending class time lecturing […]

Apr 21, 2012
College for All?

The United States has the highest college dropout rate of any industrialized nation, at 40 percent. In a commentary for […]

Apr 14, 2012