Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos' critics say she wants to dismantle the public-school system. Her supporters say she's going to challenge the education establishment. We ask an expert what to expect at her confirmation hearings.
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600In a system that prioritizes struggling students, what happens to everybody else?
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600Getting adults back to school could help revitalize state economies. More people are going to college than ever before. But in the United States, about half the people who start don't finish.
Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600A group of Detroit students filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan claiming their schools are so bad they're being denied a fundamental right to literacy. The state of Michigan disagrees.
Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600A new movement seeks to reorganize schools to better work with students from traumatized backgrounds.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600An immigration law scholar says colleges have no business declaring their campuses "sanctuaries" for undocumented students.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600Black teachers matter. But they're leaving the profession. A reporter and a teacher talk about why.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0600As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to end temporary protections for unauthorized immigrants who arrived in the country as children. We hear from students whose lives feel upended by the election.
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0600Donald Trump's win was a surprise to many in the college-educated elite. Some say instead of expanding minds, higher education is making graduates more insular.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500The next president could end temporary protections for undocumented college students. We hear what it's like to live at the center of the immigration debate.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500Education has hardly been mentioned in the presidential debates. We look at where the candidates stand.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500A new study finds that black students who experience racism have higher levels of cortisol, a hormone that is known to impact focus and learning.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500Yolanda Moses thinks children as young as four years old should be taught why people look different - and why they are treated differently - in American society.
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500Some in education think providing travel opportunities can reduce the gap in how well some groups of students perform in school.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500Bueller? Bueller? In-class lectures could be ineffective.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500What does it look like to be ready for school?
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500Strap on your cowboy boots: a new investigation reveals how Texas denied special education services to thousands of kids.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500After an abrupt reversal 20 years ago, some prisons and colleges try to maintain college education for prisoners.
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500The 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.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500A 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.
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500A system meant to give college-bound 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.
Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500When was the last time you ate? In one survey, 7 percent of college students said they went an entire day without eating.
Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500Students of color are twice as likely to be suspended than white kids. So schools are turning to an alternative called restorative justice.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500We follow a homeless teen as she fights to graduate from high school.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500A student debt crisis in America? We break down the myths and realities of student debt.
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500The suburbs are no longer just white picket fences and green manicured lawns. They're diversifying. So what does that mean for suburban schools?
Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500A prison education advocate shares his experience in prison and talks about his work spreading college to others.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500The South is famous for its bayous, BBQ, and bourbon. It's less well known for its rural education. Our guest tells us why.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500We have a new name for our podcast! We'll still dive into new ideas and research on how we learn and how we teach.
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500Small, rural schools around the country are closing. Our guest says that could actually be a good thing.
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500What'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.
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500Do you understand facts better online or in print? New research has massive implications for teaching in the 21st century.
Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500Theological 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.
Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500Our 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.
Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500Should 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.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500"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.
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500Want 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.
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500Private tutoring is no longer just for the rich kids. Our guest tells us how the individual attention improves student learning and graduation rates.
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500In 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.
Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500Politicians 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.
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500We'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.
Thu, 17 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500A 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.
Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0600Minnesota 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.
Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0600Research 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.
Wed, 24 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0600The 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.
Thu, 18 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0600Nearly 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.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0600If 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.
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0600School 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.
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600Most 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.
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600College 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.
Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0500This 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.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0500The 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.
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0500Research 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.
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0500Before 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.
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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500Vocational 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.
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500Just 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.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500The 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.
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500Researchers 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.
Sun, 01 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0500Most 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.
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500Learning 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.
Thu, 13 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500Digital 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.
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500For-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.
Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500More 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.
Sat, 03 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500College students spend a lot of time listening to lectures. But research shows there are better ways to learn. And experts say students need to learn better because the 21st century economy demands more well-educated workers.
Thu, 01 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500The most popular college major in America these days is business. Some students think it doesn't pay to study philosophy or history. But advocates of liberal arts programs say their graduates are still among the most likely to become leaders, and that a healthy democracy depends on citizens with a broad and deep education.
Fri, 12 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0500In an economy that increasingly demands workers with knowledge and skills, many college dropouts are being left behind.
Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500Teachers matter. A lot. Studies show that students with the best teachers learn three times as much as students with the worst teachers. Researchers say the achievement gap between poor children and their higher-income peers could disappear if poor kids got better teachers.