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January 22, 2015 29 Comments

EdX CEO Lays Out Disruptive Vision For Higher Ed

Anant Agarwal believes MOOCs — massive online courses — can be a disruptive force for good in higher education.

January 20, 2015 Comment

New NCAA Policy Hands Over Some Power

Brad Wolverton of the Chronicle of Higher Education calls the shift a “new era in college sports.”

January 16, 2015 5 Comments

The Guidance Counselor Crisis

The average American school now has one guidance counselor for every 500 students.

January 15, 2015 72 Comments

Duke University Cancels Plans For Muslim Call To Prayer

In the face of opposition, the university canceled plans to start doing a Muslim call to prayer from the chapel bell tower on Fridays.

January 14, 2015 16 Comments

The Real People Who Inspired The Film ‘Spare Parts’

In 2004, a team of high school students defeated college teams, including MIT, in an underwater robotic competition.

January 14, 2015 2 Comments

Military Children Serve Too

Kavitha Cardoza of WAMU brings us the story of a Maryland child whose family has been forever changed by suicide.

January 12, 2015 6 Comments

Obama Pushes Plan For Free Community College

Slate’s Jordan Weissman discusses reaction to the president’s plan, whether it’s needed and what it might cost.

January 7, 2015 Comment

Subzero Cold Closes Schools In Minneapolis, But Not St. Paul

The superintendent of St. Paul public schools explains just how cold it would have to be for the school district to close.

January 2, 2015 Comment

Creating Sports Programs For Urban School Students

As more sports programs are cut from public schools, WBUR’s Karen Given has the story on Up2Us, an organization that is filling the gap.

December 29, 2014 140 Comments

Retired Professor To Her Colleagues: Retire Already!

Retired Hofstra professor Laurie Fendrich argues college professors remaining on faculty indefinitely is bad for students and universities.

December 18, 2014 Comment

College Counselor: ‘A Deferral Is Not A Denial’

Lisa Micele shares tips for applying to college — especially for students who have been deferred under early decision.

December 17, 2014 Comment

School Tries To Help Students By Coaching Parents

Pasadena schools are hosting “charlas” or chats where parents can learn tips on how to prepare their children for college.

December 16, 2014 77 Comments

When College Is Not For Everyone

Bill Symonds says students need more pathways to the workforce, including strong vocational options and apprenticeships.

December 15, 2014 11 Comments

As School Fees Rise, So Do Questions Over What Constitutes A Free Education

As schools across the country struggle with budget cuts, more and more are charging fees for essential school-related services.

December 12, 2014 29 Comments

In One California Town, Police Want Kids To Lay Down Their Nerf Guns

High school students in Livermore have taken up arms in their yearly game of “Assassin” — a mock battle with Nerf guns.

December 12, 2014 5 Comments

7 Things You Didn’t Know Were In The ‘Cromnibus’

We take a look at what’s inside the spending bill, including a huge change to campaign finance rules and budget cuts for the EPA.

December 8, 2014 12 Comments

Fallout Continues After Rolling Stone Backtracks On UVA Rape Story

Fraternities on campus are asking to be reinstated after being suspended due to an alleged gang rape of a student named Jackie at a frat house.

December 3, 2014 2 Comments

Recess — It’s Not Just For Grade Schoolers Anymore

Youth Radio’s Eli Arbreton makes the case that recess belongs on high schoolers’ schedules, right alongside AP chemistry and English.

December 3, 2014 Comment

The Future Of 3-D Printing

It’s been a hot year for the technology, yet 3-D printers still seem a ways away from truly going mainstream.

December 3, 2014 30 Comments

How The Media Covered Rape Allegations At UVA

Questions are being raised about a Rolling Stone reporter’s approach to investigating and telling the story of an alleged gang rape.

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January 27 83 Comments

Nun Hopes For More Gender Equality In The Church

Sister Joan Chittister describes how the Vatican's tone toward nuns has changed and shares her hopes for the Catholic church.

January 26 3 Comments

Limitations Of Winter Freeze Inspire Maine Chef

The food at Vinland in downtown Portland is 100 percent locally sourced, even in the dead of winter.

January 26 Comment

Mayors Examine Community Policing

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has new recommendations on community policing, in the wake of Ferguson.

January 23 4 Comments

How ‘The Good War’ In Afghanistan Went Bad

Jack Fairweather's new book argues the war could turn out to be the defining tragedy of the 21st century.