By APM Reports

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


Introducing: Sold a Story

Emily Hanford introduces the first episode of her new podcast, Sold a Story.There's an idea about how children learn to read that's held sway in schools for more than a generation — even though it was proven wrong by cognitive scientists decades ago. Teaching methods based on this idea can make it harder for children to learn how to read. In this podcast, Hanford investigates the influential authors who promote this idea and the company that sells their work. It's an exposé of how educators came to believe in something that isn't true and are now reckoning with the consequences — children harmed, money wasted, an education system upended.Subscribe:
20/10/2234m 4s

No Excuses: Race and Reckoning at a Chicago Charter School

Producer DJ Cashmere spent seven years teaching Black and brown students at a Noble Street charter high school in Chicago. At the time, Noble followed a popular model called "no excuses." Its schools required strict discipline but promised low-income students a better shot at college. After DJ left the classroom to become a journalist, Noble disavowed its own policies — calling them "assimilationist, patriarchal, white supremacist, and anti-black." In this hour, DJ, who is white, revisits his old school as it tries to reinvent itself as an anti-racist institution. And he seeks out his former students to ask them how they felt about being on the receiving end of all that education reform, and what they think now about the time they spent in his classroom.
09/08/2252m 1s

Standing in Two Worlds BONUS episode

Camille Leihulu Slagle is Native Hawaiian. She always knew she wanted to go away for college. Education would help her afford to stay in her homeland. Life in the islands is expensive. Camille wants to give back to her people through science, studying the volcanoes central to Hawaiʻi's landscape and culture.Audio documentary: Standing in Two Worlds
04/08/2222m 13s

Standing in Two Worlds: Native American College Diaries

Native American students are just a tiny fraction of all the college students in the United States. They come with different histories, confronting an education system once used to erase their languages and cultures. In this project, three Indigenous college students tell how they are using higher education to strengthen ties to their Native roots and support their people.Photos: See portraits of the students in this documentary
02/08/2250m 20s

Under Pressure: The College Mental Health Crisis

Even before the pandemic, campus counselling services were reporting a marked uptick in the number of students with anxiety, clinical depression and other serious psychiatric problems. What is a college’s responsibility for helping students navigate mental health challenges, and how well are colleges rising to the task?Read more: Inside the college mental health crisis
19/08/2151m 3s

Fading Beacon: Why America is Losing International Students

Colleges and universities in the United States attract more than a million international students a year. Higher education is one of America’s top service exports, generating $42 billion in revenue. But the money spigot is closing. The pandemic, visa restrictions, rising tuition and a perception of poor safety in America have driven new international student enrollment down by a jaw-dropping 72 percent.Read more: The U.S. may never regain its dominance as a destination for international students. Here's why that matters.
03/08/2151m 5s

Who wants to be a teacher? Episode 4: This very leaky pipeline

Today, more Black and Hispanic teachers enter the classroom through alternative pathways than through traditional teacher degree programs. The number of teachers of color in the United States has more than doubled since the 1980s in large part due to the growing number of preparation and certification pathways and recruitment efforts from the federal level down. But there's a catch: Many of these teachers won’t stay for long, further undermining efforts to get diversity in the teacher labor force to reflect the diversity of students in the United States.Learn more: Who wants to be a teacher?
28/07/2120m 22s

Who wants to be a teacher? Episode 3: The trouble with grading teachers

Critics of the rise in alternative and for-profit programs will claim teacher quality, and student learning, suffers when people are fast-tracked into the classroom without comprehensive training. But it’s hard to know for certain whether that’s true. The problem is, despite decades of trying, we haven’t agreed on how to measure teacher quality. There’s a lot of research that shows having a good teacher makes a huge difference in the outcomes of students, but it’s much less clear what makes a teacher good.Learn more: Who wants to be a teacher?
28/07/2121m 55s

Who wants to be a teacher? Episode 2: The rise of the for-profit teacher training industry

Beginning in the early 1980s, a lot of states began to open up the pathways to becoming a teacher. People who already had a bachelor’s degree in something else didn’t need to go back to college to get trained in teaching. Policymakers hoped this would solve teacher shortages by getting more people into the profession, but it’s also opened up a whole new business model in educator preparation: Online for-profit teacher training programs have proliferated, and they’re growing fast. One program in Texas has become the single largest educator preparation program in the United States by enrollment, and it’s expanding into other states.Learn more: Who wants to be a teacher?
28/07/2134m 47s

Who wants to be a teacher? Episode 1: The teacher emergency

Every president since Eisenhower has talked about the need for more teachers, especially in certain rural and urban schools, and in subjects such as math and science. For decades, policies have been made and laws changed in order to recruit and train more and more teachers. But research shows we’ve been looking at the problem wrong, and that these efforts haven’t solved teacher shortages at all, but have created an oversize labor force with less training, less experience and high rates of turnover.Learn more: Who wants to be a teacher?
28/07/2130m 4s

Black at Mizzou: Confronting race on campus

Lauren Brown says college was "culture shock." Most of the students at her high school were Black, but most of the students at the University of Missouri were white. And she got to the university in the fall of 2015, when Black students led protests in response to a string of racist incidents. The protests put Mizzou in the national news. But the news stories didn't match what Lauren saw. They made it seem like racism on campus was an aberration. And they made it seem like Black student organizing was new at Mizzou. What Lauren saw was "Black Mizzou," a thriving campus-within-a-campus that Black students have built over decades to make the university a more welcoming place.
14/08/2052m 18s

What the Words Say

Everyone agrees that the goal of reading instruction is for children to understand what they read. The question is: how does a little kid get there? Emily Hanford explores what reading scientists have figured out about how reading comprehension works and why poverty and race can affect a child’s reading development. Read the full story.
06/08/2051m 59s

Covid on Campus

The coronavirus pandemic represents the greatest challenge to American higher education in decades. Some small regional colleges that were already struggling won’t survive. Other schools, large and small, are rethinking how to offer an education while keeping people safe.This program explores how institutions are handling the crisis, and how students are trying to navigate a major disruption in their college years.Colleges on the brinkThe long tradition of students attending small, residential liberal arts colleges around the country was already shaky before the pandemic. Students are choosing less expensive options and more practical degrees. Experts warn that 10 percent of American colleges — about 200 or more institutions — are on the verge of going under. The pandemic is accelerating that trend. A digital divideThe pandemic is making getting through college harder for students on the wrong side of the digital divide. In rural Arizona, when campuses closed, some students couldn’t log on from home, because they had no access to the internet. A local sheriff flew laptops and hotspots to community college students on the Navajo Nation.Reopening in a virus hotspotColleges and universities are under pressure to reopen, but bringing students back on campus safely means dealing with dizzying logistics. As the virus surges in Miami, a large commuter campus gets ready.
29/07/2052m 27s

Same Pandemic, Unequal Education (from Us & Them podcast)

The coronavirus pandemic has left West Virginia schools particularly hard hit. The Us & Them podcast from West Virginia Public Radio brings us stories of teachers grappling with virtual classes for students who don't have access to the internet and how schools are trying, still, to keep kids fed.
30/05/2012m 6s

Facing uncertain futures, high school seniors weigh tough college options and alternate paths

Editor-in-chief of The Hechinger Report, Liz Willen, shares what she's heard from high school seniors who are feeling anxious and overwhelmed as they face pandemic-fueled challenges.
14/05/2017m 28s

Listeners tell us how they're adapting to at-home education

Teachers, students and families talk about how they've adapted while schools and campuses stay closed.
07/05/2014m 1s

Is learning to read a constitutional right?

A federal court recently ruled that underfunded schools in Detroit violated students' right to a basic education. Advocates hope the case is the beginning of a trend.
30/04/2022m 3s

A few silver linings emerge in a dark time of closed schools

Delece Smith-Barrow of The Hechinger Report shares some hopeful stories about education during the pandemic.
23/04/2019m 30s

'Everything has changed': A look at K-12 education under coronavirus

Sarah Garland of The Hechinger Report on how (and whether) education carries on while schools are closed.
16/04/2016m 46s

College in the time of coronavirus

A conversation with Hechinger Report higher education editor Jon Marcus on how learning and the college experience are changing, and what's yet to come.
09/04/2028m 19s

What good is a history major?

As fewer college students opt to major in history, there's an effort by history departments to prove the practical value of their discipline.
02/04/2019m 14s

Graduation rate for Native students surges at the University of Minnesota

The percentage of Native students graduating from the U of M has doubled in the past decade.
26/03/2020m 39s

Black girl, white college

When it was time for me to enroll in a four-year college, I chose North Dakota State, a school that's mostly white, conservative and insular -- everything I wasn't. It was the hardest year of my life.
19/03/2029m 11s

College administrators struggle with whether to close their classrooms in response to COVID-19

Some students say they want campuses to remain open.
14/03/2027m 35s

A conundrum for student advocates: change their school or change society?

Unlike protesters at many universities, activists at Harvard seek social justice reforms beyond campus.
12/03/2027m 59s

At some HBCUs, enrollment rises from surprising applicants

After decades of declining enrollment, HBCUs are seeing an uptick in new applicants, especially among Latino and international students.
05/03/2024m 39s

With more students demanding action on climate change, teachers try to keep up

Most states and districts have adopted science standards that require teaching climate change. Teachers are left to get up to speed and help students understand the impacts.
27/02/2022m 29s

Reading update: Experts say widely used reading curriculum is failing kids

A first of its kind review finds Lucy Calkins' materials don't align with the science of reading.
27/01/2035m 15s

New salvos in the battles over reading instruction

Several powerful people and organizations have weighed in on the national conversation prompted by APM Reports' podcast episodes.
20/12/1946m 21s

National assessment shows more K-12 students struggling to read

Correspondent Emily Hanford talks about the latest NAEP results and what they say about the state of reading instruction in the U.S.
01/11/1925m 29s

A conversation with Emily Hanford on reading instruction in the U.S.

Hanford talks about her reporting on what's wrong with how schools teach reading.
24/10/1942m 8s

Ditching the lecture for active learning

There's a growing movement at colleges and universities to create classrooms where students take the lead.
19/09/1918m 25s

How colleges are mishandling racial tensions on campus

As administrators navigate issues of inclusion and free speech, students of color have been left to find their own way.
12/09/1922m 48s

As colleges navigate inclusion and free speech, students of color work to find their own way

Do administrators have to choose between protecting free speech and creating a civil climate on campus?
12/09/1922m 48s

Flagship universities don't reflect their state's diversity

Across the country, a gap persists between the number of black and Latino students graduating from state high schools and the number enrolling in state flagship schools.
05/09/1922m 42s

The Bond Buster

Paul Dorr is a master of tactics to defeat referendums intended to finance public schools. He believes schools run by government steer kids away from Christianity. His campaigns — most of them in the Midwest — have also created lingering bitterness within communities.
29/08/1937m 15s

At a Loss for Words: What's wrong with how schools teach reading

For decades, schools have taught children the strategies of struggling readers, using a theory about reading that cognitive scientists have repeatedly debunked. And many teachers and parents don't know there's anything wrong with it.
22/08/1952m 31s

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.
14/08/1951m 56s

Under a Watchful Eye: How colleges are tracking students to boost graduation

At Georgia State in Atlanta, more students are graduating, and the school credits its use of predictive analytics. But critics worry that the algorithms may be invading students' privacy and reinforcing racial inequities.
06/08/1951m 58s

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.
11/03/1910m 53s

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.
25/02/1911m 28s

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.
28/01/1911m 43s

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.
17/12/1820m 3s

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.
03/12/1816m 36s

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.
05/11/1813m 18s

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?
22/10/1811m 10s

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.
08/10/1824m 13s

Poverty, perseverance and a PhD

An elite university helped her climb but changing class can be a lonely journey.
24/09/1820m 2s

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.
10/09/1852m 45s

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.
03/09/1852m 46s

Still Rising: First-Generation College Students a Decade Later

They bet that college would help them move up. Did it pay off?
27/08/1852m 11s

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.
20/08/1852m 36s

School on the move

A little-known program has been helping the children of migrant farmworkers graduate for more than 50 years.
13/08/1822m 1s

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.
30/07/1816m 55s

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.
16/07/1814m 14s

Louisiana ends policy that held thousands of students back a grade or more

Students held back were at high risk of dropping out.
15/06/1816m 1s

Liberal arts face uncertain future at nation's universities

Programs are being cut to make way for degrees with "clear career pathways."
04/06/1819m 33s

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.
21/05/1818m 29s

'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.
07/05/1832m 7s

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.
23/04/1820m 47s

Schools prove soft targets for hackers

Cybersecurity is a growing concern as schools collect an increasing amount of data on students.
09/04/1820m 24s

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.
26/03/1815m 39s

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.
12/03/1822m 2s

A college degree, or your money back

A growing number of colleges and universities are guaranteeing a job after graduation.
26/02/1813m 52s

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.
12/02/1817m 44s

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.
29/01/1816m 47s

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.
15/01/1812m 51s

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.
18/12/1718m 0s

Rural students are the least likely to go to college

They're being ignored as the nation tries to ramp up degree completion.
04/12/1716m 25s

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.
20/11/1714m 27s

Some prisons trying to maintain college education

It's one of the best defenses against recidivism, but investment is lacking.
06/11/1754m 27s

Mr. Rodriguez is undocumented and unafraid

Teachers with DACA serving low-income, immigrant communities could be tough to replace.
23/10/1716m 11s

Resegregation in Alabama

When predominantly white cities secede from larger districts, it has a segregating effect.
09/10/1716m 16s

How alumni revived a dying college

As small private colleges struggle to survive, we look at one that almost didn't make it.
25/09/1714m 8s

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.
11/09/1752m 24s

Hard to Read: How American schools fail kids with dyslexia

Public schools are denying children with dyslexia proper treatment and often failing to identify them in the first place.
11/09/1751m 51s

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.
04/09/1751m 39s

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.
28/08/1751m 47s

'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.
07/08/1711m 26s

Segregation's Back

People who lived through the desegregation era see their former schools fall back into segregation.
21/07/1754m 32s

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.
10/07/1712m 0s

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.
26/06/1716m 46s

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.
12/06/1718m 30s

'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.
30/05/1723m 22s

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?
16/05/1720m 54s

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.
02/05/1716m 38s

Is free college free?

New York's new scholarship promises free college, for a price.
18/04/1714m 53s

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.
04/04/1722m 33s

Immigration enforcement has DACA students on edge

Collision over college dreams for undocumented students.
21/03/1712m 37s

Improving the odds for young black men

Can the excitement about My Brother's Keeper last now that Obama's out of office?
07/03/179m 5s

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."
02/03/1753m 20s

Reforming School Discipline

If suspensions don't work, what does?
17/02/1751m 59s

The great equalizer

Are we asking too much of America's high-poverty schools?
09/02/1728m 8s

'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?
02/02/1716m 18s

The View From Room 205

One reporter chronicles a neighborhood school in need of the American dream.

Chinese students ponder Trump

How much will anti-immigrant rhetoric dissuade foreigners from studying in the United States?
19/01/1713m 43s

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.
12/01/1712m 56s

High achievers left behind

In a system that prioritizes struggling students, what happens to everybody else?
05/01/1713m 33s

Detroit students sue for better school conditions

The suit claims Michigan is denying Detroit students their fundamental right to literacy.
22/12/1612m 28s

School confronts trauma in students' lives

Adversity isn't destiny at a "trauma-informed" school in Minnesota.
16/12/1613m 29s

Offering sanctuary to vulnerable students

An immigration law scholar says colleges have no business declaring their campuses "sanctuaries" for undocumented students.
08/12/1611m 4s

Keeping black teachers

Why African American teachers are leaving the profession faster than they're entering it.
01/12/1615m 9s

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.
17/11/168m 23s

College-educated and out-of-touch

Donald Trump's win was a surprise to many in the college-educated elite. Should it have been?
10/11/1610m 18s

Election leaves undocumented students in limbo

The next president could end temporary protections for undocumented college students.
03/11/1617m 15s

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.
27/10/1612m 8s

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.
20/10/1611m 40s

Talking about race in schools

Can children as young as 4 learn to have meaningful dialogues about race?
13/10/1614m 14s

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.
07/10/1613m 11s

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.
29/09/169m 2s

A new study finds school readiness gaps have declined over the past decade

What does it look like to be ready for school?
23/09/1611m 8s

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.
15/09/1614m 47s

Rewriting the Sentence: College Behind Bars

After an abrupt reversal 20 years ago, some prisons and colleges try to maintain college education for prisoners.
08/09/1652m 9s

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.
01/09/1652m 1s

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.
25/08/1652m 7s

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.
18/08/1651m 46s

Hungry hungry students

When was the last time you ate? In one survey, 7 percent of college students said they went an entire day without eating.
11/08/167m 33s

What is restorative justice?

Students of color are twice as likely to be suspended as white kids. So schools are turning to an alternative called restorative justice.
04/08/1613m 25s

A homeless student struggles towards graduation

We follow a homeless student as she fights to graduate from high school.
28/07/1613m 46s

The facts and fictions of student debt

A student debt crisis in America? We break down the myths and realities of student debt.
21/07/1614m 2s

Race in suburban schools

The suburbs are no longer just white picket fences and green manicured lawns. They're diversifying. So what does that mean for suburban schools?
14/07/1616m 4s

Going to college in prison

A prison education advocate shares his experience in prison and talks about his work spreading college to others.
07/07/1614m 2s

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

The South is famous for its bayous, BBQ, and bourbon. It's less well known for its rural education. Our guest tells us why.
30/06/1613m 6s

Merging small, rural school districts

Small, rural schools around the country are closing. Our guest says that could actually be a good thing.
23/06/1611m 36s

Fighting for ‘our school’

What's the role of a school in a rural town? We begin our series on rural schools by looking at a state where the fight has been particularly fierce: Vermont.
17/06/1622m 17s

How do we learn better: digital or print?

Do you understand facts better online or in print? New research has massive implications for teaching in the 21st century.
09/06/1613m 9s

Theological schools feel the squeeze

Theological schools are straining for cash as they suffer from drops in enrollment over the past few years. Our guest tells us how they are dealing with it.
02/06/1610m 15s

The ‘invisible tax’ on teachers of color

Our guest says the so-called 'invisible tax' on teachers of color leads to burnout at a time when teachers of color are already leaving the profession more quickly than their white colleagues.
26/05/1612m 15s

Should colleges teach men how to be men?

Should colleges have men's studies majors or men's resource centers? Our guest this week tells us that male college students would get better grades if they rejected stereotypes of hyper-masculinity.
05/05/1611m 22s

‘My frain is bried’: shadowing a student

"Welcome to our world." Educators take an entire school day to shadow a student and walk in their shoes. We find out how it went for one teacher.
28/04/1612m 5s

High school job prep

Want a job? So does every student ever! Maybe career and technical education classes are the way to go. Shaun Dougherty says you could be more likely to graduate and earn more if you do.
21/04/1611m 49s

How tutoring helps students

Private tutoring is no longer just for the rich kids. Our guest tells us how the individual attention improves student learning and graduation rates.
14/04/1610m 58s

Is advanced math necessary?

In our last episode, Andrew Hacker argued that math courses like algebra are unnecessary for most high schoolers. This week's guest couldn't disagree more.
07/04/1610m 21s

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. But the author of a new book says that's just not true.
31/03/1628m 21s

Writing discipline reform into law

We're working on a documentary that explores the backlash against harsh school discipline practices across the country. This week we talk about state laws that seek to push back against the "zero tolerance" policies of the past.
24/03/1612m 16s

The science gap starts early

A new study shows that what a child knows about science in kindergarten can strongly predict how he or she scores on an eighth-grade science test.
17/03/1610m 22s

Minnesota’s graduation gap

Minnesota has a reputation for having great public education. But if you're Hispanic, black, Asian-American or Native American, your chances of completing high school are worse in Minnesota than in almost any other state.
10/03/1630m 1s

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 than white kids. This week, we examine the history of harsh discipline in school.
03/03/1619m 22s

Colleges want smart AND nice

The college application process has come under scrutiny in a new report by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It recommends that schools ask students to demonstrate they're making a civic contribution to their local communities, even if that means taking fewer AP courses.
25/02/1613m 12s

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. This week we hear from a remedial writing teacher who says many of his students have been traumatized by past K-12 educational experiences.
18/02/1622m 41s

Making sure learning sticks

If you want to really learn something before a big test, put your books down. Research shows that the traditional method of "cramming" for an exam by reading the same thing over and over again, doesn't work. (Rerun from Oct. 2014)
12/02/1612m 44s

When school vouchers are not a leg up

School voucher programs are controversial because they allow students to use public funds to pay for private school. A new paper is one of the first to show a school voucher program actually lowering student test scores.
04/02/1612m 2s

Learning financial literacy

Most teenagers are not learning about personal finance in school, according to an annual survey on financial literacy. Our guest this week says that needs to change.
28/01/1610m 45s

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 research shows that the higher education system can actually work against poor and minority students, because they often end up at colleges with few resources and low graduation rates.
21/01/1611m 29s

Learning as a science

What does research say about how students learn best? A group of deans from schools of education around the country has united to make sure future teachers are armed with information about what works in the classroom.
15/01/1615m 38s

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.
07/01/1611m 16s

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 enough to encourage creative and critical thinking?
24/12/1519m 24s

Siblings and the education gender gap

The gender gap in education disproportionately affects poor children. New research looks at siblings to find out why boys born into poverty are less likely to succeed than girls.
17/12/159m 11s

Where budding chefs learn philosophy, too

Despite what you may have heard about the death of the liberal arts, leaders of one of the nation's top cooking schools, and one of the most prominent military academies say courses in subjects like English, history and philosophy are are key to preparing their students for the professional world.
10/12/1513m 41s

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 in the classroom. She writes about this in her new book, "The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed."
03/12/1519m 2s

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 children who are suspended are more likely to drop out of school and end up in jail. And what’s more, children who are racial minorities are more likely to be suspended and expelled than their white classmates.Some districts are ending out-of-school suspensions all together in favor of policies that consider why children are acting out and help correct misbehavior. But when a school lacks resources it may be hard to replace traditional school discipline with sensible alternatives.Eli Hager visited a part of the country that is known for widespread poverty and troubled schools. Mississippi is one of the four states where some schools still use corporal punishment to keep kids in line. Hager recently wrote an article for the Marshall Project is called “When School Feels Like Jail.” For this week’s podcast, he spoke with ARW associate producer Suzanne Pekow.
25/11/1513m 31s

Building bridges between the Western and Arab worlds

There’s clearly a gulf of understanding between the Western and Arab worlds. A group called Bridges of Understanding wants to change that by helping middle and high school students in the United States talk with their peers in the Middle East and North Africa through video conferences.
19/11/1512m 33s

Inside Oyler: a conversation with Amy Scott

Residents of Lower Price Hill in Cincinnati decided to turn a troubled neighborhood school into a community learning center, in hopes of battling urban poverty and crime. A new documentary follows the first year of the Oyler School transformation.
11/11/1522m 37s

Learning to breathe

Can mindfulness reduce children's behavior and emotional challenges in school? That's what one district in Rockland County, N.Y. tried to find out.
29/10/1512m 47s

Is the growth mindset craze overblown?

Last week on the podcast, we ran a story about “growth mindset,” an incredibly popular educational concept having to do with motivation and self-esteem. But some people believe the craze over mindset is overblown. This week we hear from a critic.
22/10/1520m 18s

Helping students adopt a ‘growth mindset’

When students are struggling to find an answer in school, it’s tempting for teachers to want to jump in and help them right away. But research shows that a little struggle - or even a little failure - can be good for students to learn how overcome challenges.
15/10/156m 34s

The rising cost of extracurriculars

Sports have long been an avenue for low-income students to get scholarships to college, but that might not be an option if the cost of after-school sports and activities continues to rise.
08/10/1517m 59s

Wikipedia’s bum rap

Wikipedia has gotten a lot of flak over the years for being inaccurate and untrustworthy. But in 2010, Wikimedia, the global movement behind Wikipedia, began recruiting professors from major U.S. universities to assign the work of editing Wikipedia articles to their students.
01/10/1510m 38s

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 readings, but today there are still groups who say religious lessons belong in public school programs.
25/09/1528m 57s

Teaching black lives matter

In November, a new social studies book about the Black Lives Matter movement will be available for middle school and high school students nationwide. While no one has had a chance to read the book yet, the idea is stirring controversy and curiosity.
17/09/159m 23s

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.
10/09/1552m 50s

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.
03/09/1552m 52s

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.
27/08/1552m 51s

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.
20/08/1552m 58s

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 the creation of Head Start.
07/08/1553m 0s

Goodbye, College Ratings (For Now)

The Obama administration recently declared that it would no longer pursue a college ratings system based on accessibility, affordability and student success. And college presidents everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.
30/07/1512m 12s

Sweet Briar Returns

Sweet Briar College was about to close after struggling with dwindling enrollment and other problems. An alumni group raised more than 20 million dollars in pledges to keep the doors open, but the school's survival is still deeply in doubt.
23/07/156m 56s

The Future of Historically Black Colleges

Historically Black Colleges and Universities proliferated throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when many white schools refused to admit African Americans, especially in the South. Our guest this week feels HBCUs still serve a crucial role in higher education.
15/07/1512m 3s

Talking About Race in Schools

Over the past year, race relations have dominated the news cycle. This can bring up difficult questions, especially for parents and teachers. Our guest Yolanda Moses says Americans need to find more ways to talk about race in schools.
07/07/1513m 17s

Minorities and Special Ed

For years policy makers believed that minorities were overrepresented in special education and that there was inherent bias in the way kids were being identified as disabled. A new study turns this idea on its head.
02/07/1511m 30s

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 of homework or reading. But writer Greg Toppo says gaming can be a great way to learn.
23/06/1513m 57s

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 in public schools. A new book argues that for all the fuss about sex education in America, students get precious little of it.
17/06/1518m 4s

What can Japan teach us about teaching?

Coming up this fall we'll be releasing a documentary about teacher preparation - how people learn to become teachers and how they get better once they're in the classroom. This week: how do Japanese teachers learn to improve on the job?
11/06/1515m 2s

Million-Dollar Teacher

When Nancie Atwell was growing up, she never thought she’d go to college, let alone become an award-winning teacher. But a few months ago, Atwell received a $1-million-dollar global prize for her decades of teaching English and literacy skills to elementary and middle schoolers.
02/06/1514m 48s

Divestment on Campus

Across the world, college students are urging their institutions to “divest” from fossil fuels. This week we ask: is the divestment movement working?
28/05/1513m 16s

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 dictates how we move. But what if how we walk and stand and gesture could actually change how we think?
20/05/1513m 43s

Forest Schools

What if one day a week, school was in the woods? On the podcast, Emily Hanford takes us to Vermont to understand why teachers wanted to take their students into the forest, and what the kids -- and the teachers -- are learning from it.
12/05/1533m 40s

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. Some students at BIE schools deal with poorly-insulated classrooms, holes in the roof, rodents, and other issues on a daily basis.
06/05/1513m 7s

Green Teachers

A generation ago, if you walked into an American classroom, you’d likely find a veteran teacher who'd been on the job for 15 years or more. Today you're more likely to find a brand-new teacher – someone who's been the job for a year or less.
29/04/1516m 56s

The First Gen Movement

Over the past decade many elite colleges have taken great strides to admit low-income students, but there are unanticipated financial and cultural barriers to fitting in on campus that can’t easily be solved by merely giving students a foot in the door. Questions of class differences have spurred a nationwide movement of “first generation” student clubs on college campuses.
22/04/1511m 6s

The Lost Children of Katrina

In the year following Hurricane Katrina, 30 percent of displaced children were either not enrolled in school or not attending regularly. Today, Louisiana has the nation’s highest rate of young adults who are neither in school nor working. And researchers are starting to ask: could the widespread gaps in schooling after Katrina be the reason?
15/04/158m 34s

Saving a Women’s College from Closure

Last month the board of Sweet Briar College announced that the school will shut its doors at the end of this term, due to financial difficulties. The announcement was made abruptly, sending the campus community into a state of shock... and then activism.
08/04/1511m 40s

The Future of College

Kevin Carey's book "The End of College" is stirring up debate in higher ed circles. This week, a response to the book by a critic.
01/04/1511m 31s

The End of College or the University of Everywhere

When education policy wonk Kevin Carey looks into the future, he sees the end of traditional colleges and universities and he says that's a good thing.
25/03/1515m 3s


Today older Americans are heading back to school in record numbers. Many have already started a career, but want to gain knowledge or skills that can make them more competitive in the workplace. Colleges and universities are grappling with the needs of a changing population of students.
18/03/1513m 25s

The Test

In her new book,“The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing–But You Don’t Have to Be,” NPR Education Blogger Anya Kamenetz examines the role testing plays in American public education.
11/03/1528m 45s

An Administrator Responds to Adjunct Protests

Last week, we talked about growing dissent among adjunct college instructors who claim they’re not getting compensated fairly for the work they do. This week we’ll hear from someone who has dealt with this issue from the administration side.
04/03/1511m 28s

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 a National Adjunct Walk-out Day on February 25.
25/02/1512m 1s

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 of 2001. On the podcast this week, we talk to two education advocates who differ on how and when we should test our kids.
19/02/1517m 49s

Looking back: An Imperfect Revolution

In June 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down school desegregation plans that look at students’ race. This week on the podcast, we’re featuring our 2007 documentary, “An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era,"
11/02/1552m 52s

Are HBCUs the Key to Producing More African American Physicians?

We talk to a Dallas doctor who thinks HBCUs may be the best pathways for African Americans interested in careers in medicine.
04/02/159m 27s

Boosting Black Male Student Achievement

The Minneapolis Public School District created an Office of Black Male Student Achievement earlier this year. One goal of the office is to help young African American men graduate from high school in greater numbers.
28/01/1511m 29s

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 are “willing to work for it.” It’s being called “America’s College Promise.” This week on the podcast we examine the prospect of free community college for all.
22/01/158m 49s

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 college rankings lists: Put ‘em down.
14/01/1513m 53s

Following the Money in Education Philanthropy

Philanthropic foundations have been giving money to public education for years. But our guest this week argues that philanthropies are increasingly pushing specific educational agendas.
05/01/1513m 2s

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 of college. But data show that those same institutions have been raising their prices fastest for the poorest students than for wealthier ones. This week on the podcast, we talk to a reporter who has been following the rising college cost burden on poor families.
16/12/1411m 25s

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 are supposed to help families figure out which colleges they can afford. The calculators take into account family income, number of kids in college, state of residency, and other factors. But they’re often hard to use and time-consuming. Our guest this week has made this process simpler and more accessible.
08/12/1413m 34s

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 can’t find enough qualified workers. That’s due to an abundance of what economists call “middle skills” jobs – jobs that require specialized training beyond high school, but not a four-year college degree.
01/12/1413m 51s

Academic Fraud and College Athletics

Last month the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released a report that showed evidence of nearly two decades of academic fraud perpetuated by the school’s Afro-American Studies Department. An investigation found certain professors and administrators had an unwritten policy of “propping up” student athletes. This week on the podcast, we look at academic fraud at colleges with high-stakes sports programs.
24/11/1411m 39s

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 unsustainable. It takes an average nine years to get a doctorate, but less than 60 percent of PhDs are finding tenure-track teaching jobs. This week, we look at a new report recommending academics view doctoral programs in a new light.
17/11/149m 32s

How to help students hope

A polling expert finds students less engaged with school as they get older. Brandon Busteed from Gallup Education says if schools taught to strengths instead of weaknesses, more students would be successful in school and in life.
27/10/1412m 28s

What teachers need

Education correspondent Emily Hanford talks with author Elizabeth Green about her new book, Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone).
14/10/1414m 39s

Intelligence is achievable and other lessons from The Teacher Wars

Education correspondent Emily Hanford continues her conversation with Dana Goldstein, author of The Teacher Wars.
07/10/1415m 3s

Teaching: The most embattled profession

Education correspondent Emily Hanford talks with bestselling author Dana Goldstein about her new book, The Teacher Wars.
01/10/1414m 40s

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 says they're like "an external mind," and teachers should use them in classrooms.
24/09/1412m 12s

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

College is worth the investment. College graduates can't find good jobs. Student loan debt keeps rising, and now tops a trillion dollars. What can be done?
18/09/149m 58s

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.
11/09/1453m 0s

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.
04/09/1452m 59s

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.
28/08/1453m 1s

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.
21/08/1453m 0s

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 pay for it.
04/08/1410m 38s

Is school funding fair?

A new report looks at why some schools have a lot of money to spend per pupil, while others don't, and what to do about it.
29/07/149m 30s

Who Needs College?

In May Stephen Smith was invited to be on a panel in Minneapolis that focused on the value of higher education. The panel answered questions such as: Who needs college?
22/07/1413m 24s

Unionizing Adjuncts

A growing number of adjunct faculty at colleges and universities across the country are voting to unionize. Data from the Department of Education show a tremendous move toward using these so-called contingent teachers in all types of post-secondary institutions over the last 40 years.
15/07/1413m 10s

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 nervous.
08/07/1411m 52s

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 Language Arts and Literacy portion; this week we talk to one of the lead authors of the standards for mathematics.
01/07/148m 47s

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 new set of national learning standards called the Common Core.This week: inside the standards for English Language Arts/Literacy.
24/06/149m 57s

Military-Friendly Campuses

Members of the military and their spouses face more challenges than traditional students when it comes to getting a college degree. Their studies are often interrupted by deployments, transfer among bases, or because they can't attend college full-time. A new network aims to help.
17/06/148m 38s

Is Coding Fundamental?

Next fall, dozens of school districts nationwide will offer new computer coding classes. Advocates say computer programming is a fundamental kind of literacy, but critics argue the movement is a power play by tech companies who want schools to invest in their products.
10/06/1410m 10s

Sexual Assault on Campus

This spring, the Obama administration announced it was joining the effort to hold colleges and universities more accountable for sexual assaults on campus. We talk to a survivor and activist who filed a complaint against Yale when she was an undergraduate there in 2011.
03/06/1410m 2s

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 get As. And because more girls get As, girls are more likely than boys not only to go to college, but to graduate.
27/05/148m 0s

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 with the high cost of college tuition and fees, is a degree still worth it?
20/05/1411m 54s

The Kalamazoo Promise

In 2005, a group of philanthropists decided to fund a scholarship program for public high school graduates in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The idea is that more college graduates would strengthen the economy and the community of this small Midwestern city. Nine years later, is the Kalamazoo Promise working?
13/05/1410m 41s

Degrees of Inequality

Higher education has long been an engine of social mobility in this country. But today's college choices may actually be widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots.
06/05/149m 24s

Navigating the Financial Aid System

Spring is the time of year when college acceptance letters start landing in the mailboxes - and inboxes - of high school seniors across the country. It's also the time of year when many students will have to figure out how they will be able to pay for college, and as WGBH's Kirk Carapezza reports, that can be a daunting prospect.
29/04/145m 22s

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 States. They are also older than so-called traditional students. The recently-formed Yes We Must Coalition aims to shine a light on colleges that have been serving this new majority for a long time.
22/04/149m 10s

School Counseling Crisis

California schools have an average of 1,000 students for every guidance counselor. The American School Counselor Association recommends a ratio of 250 students to one. But as public school budgets shrink, counseling programs get cut, and that forces counselors across the country to take on bigger case loads.
15/04/149m 25s

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 […]
08/04/149m 26s

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 […]
01/04/1411m 49s

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 […]
25/03/149m 56s

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 […]
18/03/148m 18s

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 […]
11/03/147m 30s

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) […]
04/03/1411m 0s

Remaking Education

A new paper says teachers shouldn’t be held accountable in a system that fails students. It suggests ways to take […]
25/02/1412m 22s

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 […]
18/02/146m 15s

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 […]
11/02/1410m 45s

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. […]
04/02/1412m 53s

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, […]
28/01/149m 50s

Improving Teacher Ed

Many schools of education are awful, experts say. A new system for accrediting teaching colleges may add rigor and improve […]
21/01/1412m 33s

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 […]
14/01/1414m 14s

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 […]
07/01/1411m 19s

Talking to Baby

Research shows the more words babies hear, the better they do in school. The achievement gap starts early; now so […]
31/12/138m 51s

Invent to Learn

Many educators say the best way to learn is by combining what you learn in school with real-world practice and […]
24/12/1312m 31s

College Un-Affordability

The cost of college keeps going up. But family earnings are staying the same. This is leading to an unsustainable […]
17/12/1313m 34s

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 […]
10/12/138m 46s

Competency-Based Education

At most colleges, a degree is based on “seat time.” But economists argue that the number of college grads is […]
03/12/136m 40s

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 […]
26/11/1310m 37s

Measuring School Improvement

A new study finds that the emphasis on accountability since No Child Left Behind may be harming students, not helping […]
19/11/1317m 24s

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? […]
12/11/1312m 18s

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 […]
05/11/1310m 26s

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. […]
29/10/1354m 57s

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 […]
22/10/139m 20s

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, […]
15/10/1311m 56s

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 […]
08/10/1321m 20s

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 […]
01/10/1310m 4s

Crossing Class

The Ivy League isn’t on the radar for most poor students. Travis Reginal defied the odds, and is now a […]
24/09/1313m 16s

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 […]
17/09/1313m 12s

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.
01/09/1353m 0s

Teaching to Each

Our guest says teachers must meet students where they are, even if that’s 40 different places. Guest: Carol Ann Tomlinson, […]
20/08/1313m 47s

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, […]
13/08/1310m 36s

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 […]
06/08/1314m 38s

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.
01/08/1352m 59s

Common Core Explained

The Common Core State Standards will tell educators what to expect of students, but not what or how to teach. […]
30/07/1311m 58s

Achievement Gap Among States

Why do students in some states do better than students in others? A new report says the gap in state […]
23/07/1313m 39s

What to Teach

The Core Knowledge Foundation says the Common Core State Standards will help schools know what to measure, but not necessarily […]
16/07/1310m 1s

Exercise for the Brain

Physical activity is good for learning. Yet many schools cut back on gym class and even cracking down on fidgeting. […]
09/07/1313m 59s

The Cost of College

With tuition rising and debt mounting, author Jeffrey Selingo helps parents and students do the math for college. Guest: Jeffrey […]
28/06/1314m 47s

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 […]
21/06/1313m 1s

The Disruption of Blended Learning

How online tools may change classrooms today and forever. Guest: Heather Staker, Christensen Institute
14/06/1310m 33s

Learning to Excel

Students are capable of excellent work. Some schools insist on it. Guest: Ron Berger, chief academic officer at Expeditionary Learning
07/06/1313m 14s

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 […]
31/05/139m 38s

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 […]
24/05/1316m 50s

Anti-Pigeonhole Plan

New research shows how classroom teachers may be able to combat the impact of stereotype threat and help close the […]
17/05/138m 27s

Teachers Training Teachers

How one exemplary school district does professional development despite lean times. Long Beach, Calif. has become a national model by […]
10/05/138m 42s

Affirmative Action: Against

Why college admissions should be colorblind. The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the latest affirmative action case. Last […]
03/05/1311m 52s

Affirmative Action: For

Why being colorblind is a fine aspiration and a dangerous policy. The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on another […]
26/04/1314m 4s

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 […]
19/04/1313m 26s

Rethinking Pell Grants

Pell Grants have been helping low-income students go to college for 50 years. A new report recommends changing the way […]
12/04/139m 48s

Happy Teachers

A new poll finds that American teachers lead the most satisfied lives, second only to physicians. What’s making our overworked, […]
05/04/1311m 7s

MOOC Recruiting

There’s a talent war for computer engineers in Silicon Valley. That’s why MOOCs are getting in the head hunting game, […]
29/03/139m 45s

New GED Coming

In January of 2014, the GED exam is going digital, and it’s going to be harder to pass. This adult […]
22/03/1311m 59s

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: […]
15/03/137m 18s

Education Sequestration

As the nation braces for cuts to federal programs under sequestration, a top education reporter describes how this new era […]
08/03/139m 10s

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 […]
01/03/138m 10s

Project-Based Learning

A high school English teacher in Michigan says making videos of Shakespeare plays is better for students than memorizing facts […]
22/02/139m 35s

Beating the Odds

We met Tracy Edwards last year during our reporting at the YES Prep charter school network in Houston, Texas. Unlike […]
15/02/139m 33s

Need-Based Aid

Most private schools give out aid packages based on merit, often trying to compete for students from wealthy families who […]
08/02/137m 34s

Mississippi Charter Debate

Mississippi legislators recently passed legislation that would allow charter schools in the state for the first time. In the Mississippi […]
01/02/1311m 48s

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. […]
25/01/1311m 36s

Testing Teachers Reprise

Teacher quality was in the news again last week with a PBS documentary about former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee […]
18/01/1353m 20s

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 […]
11/01/1311m 15s

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 […]
04/01/1313m 10s

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 […]
28/12/1212m 58s

School Safety

According to the U.S. Department of Education, schools are actually safer than they’ve been in decades – which makes the […]
21/12/1211m 45s


It turns out being popular in high school could actually be important later in life. New research from the University […]
14/12/128m 30s

Diverse Schools

In the 1960s “white flight” sent many middle-class families from the cities to suburbs out of fear that the quality […]
07/12/1221m 36s

Goodbye to Cursive

Since handwriting is becoming less important in modern life, teaching cursive is going out of style in American schools. But […]
30/11/1212m 10s

The Real Digital Divide

For a long time it was assumed that a “digital divide” existed between rich kids and poor kids. But emerging […]
23/11/1212m 4s

Tuition by Major

Florida governor Rick Scott is proposing a tiered pricing plan for the state’s colleges and universities that would cut tuition […]
16/11/129m 3s

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 […]
09/11/1210m 29s
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