Saying Goodbye: Reflections Of A Music Teacher

An Ohio music teacher looks back at the school that defined her more than 30 years of teaching.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos

Frito-Lay has reformulated Flamin' Hot Cheetos to meet new federal nutrition standards for school snacks. That's been a big hit with school kids, but the rules' creators say the snack is still junk.

University Of Oklahoma: Racist Chant Learned At National Frat Event

President David Boren, releasing an investigation into the incident involving Sigma Alpha Epsilon, contradicts statements by the fraternity's national office that the chant was learned locally.

Are Women's Colleges Doomed? What Sweet Briar's Demise Tells Us

Administrators say that the Virginia institution has been grappling with financial troubles for decades. And they blame an increasing lack of interest in single-sex education.

Learning To Move, Moving To Learn: The Benefits Of PE

Dr. Gregory D. Myer says schools need to do more, not less, with physical education. Not just for their health, but because it affects their academic performance.

All Things Considered

'Cheated' Out Of An Education: Book Replays UNC's Student-Athlete Scandal

Authors Jay Smith and Mary Willingham explain how the school steered athletes to pass-through courses in order to keep players eligible.

In Congress, New Attention To Student-Privacy Fears

A House bill seeks to restrict what private companies can do with information collected on students.

Fundraising Site For Teachers Illuminates Classroom Disparities

Since launched in 2000, teachers have been able to crowdfund rather than use their own money to pay for supplies. A broader look at the site's data shows who needs what.

Police Suspend Investigation Of U.Va. Rape Claims Made In 'Rolling Stone'

The Charlottesville Police Department said it was unable to uncover evidence that corroborated a story about a University of Virginia student who said she was raped during a 2012 fraternity party.

Morning Edition

Jurors Resume Deliberating Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Case

Twelve ex-educators are accused of changing students' test scores in a scandal dating back to 2009. Jurors have six months of evidence to go through, including testimony from more than 130 witnesses.

The Enduring Value Of A Liberal Arts Degree

March 30, 2015
Sweet Briar College, an all-women's liberal arts college in Virginia, announced in early 2015 that it would unexpectedly close its doors at the end of the school year. (Courtesy Sweet Brian College)

Fareed Zakaria weighs the value of a liberal arts education in our technology-driven time.

Yale Is Starting A VHS Archive And It’s Full Of Horror Movies

March 27, 2015
Most of the 2,700 or so VHS tapes acquired by Yale University are horror films. The new archive will be first of its kind at an academic institution. (Courtesy of Yale)

“Silent Night, Deadly Night,” “Stripped to Kill” and “The Last Slumber Party” – all from the 80s – are a few of the titles.

Hey Kids! Go Outside, Already

March 26, 2015
A child walks through a forest landscape. (Rudolf Vlček / Flickr)

American kids today spend only four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors. We hear a new call to raise the “wild child.”

Is Boston On Its Way To Becoming Kid-Free?

March 25, 2015
Children enjoying the 2014 Kids Pumpkin Festival on Boston Common. (Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism/Flickr)

Is Boston on its way to becoming kid-free? We speak to a co-authors of a CommonWealth Magazine article that explores the sharp decline in school-aged children in Boston.

U.S. Universities Accept Record Number of Foreign Students

March 25, 2015
International students are pictured at Purdue University, which ranks second in the U.S. for its population of foreign students. (

A new report shows the number of international students being accepted by American universities is at an all-time high of 1.13 million.

The College You Go To May Not Matter As Much As You Think

March 25, 2015
Students at the University of Birmingham take part in their degree congregations as they graduate on July 14, 2009 in Birmingham, England. Over 5000 graduates will be donning their robes this week to collect their degrees from The University of Birmingham. A recent survey suggested that there are 48 graduates competing for every job. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Frank Bruni writes in his new book that there are many colleges that are great, but just don’t get as much press.

After Shooting Charge, Boston Schools Head Questions Employee Discipline

March 24, 2015

Shaun Harrison, a former English High School staff member, is now charged with trying to murder a student.

Charter Schools And Public Schools: Is There Another Way?

March 24, 2015
Boston Latin School is the oldest public school in America. (Cliff/Flickr)

A study by Stanford University suggests students at charter schools in Boston dramatically out-performed students at traditional public schools. We examine the debate over charter schools and if there’s another way.

Education Chief Recommends State Takeover Of Holyoke Schools

March 24, 2015

Mitchell Chester said “persistent and pervasive” problems in the school district make receivership necessary.

Students Speak Out On Recent College Student Suicides

March 23, 2015
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has seen four student suicides in the last year. (Justin Jensen/Flickr)

Three students from MIT discuss how they feel about campus culture and what should be done to combat student suicide.

Redesigned PSAT Shifts Preparation Efforts For High School Students

March 23, 2015
Students taking the PSAT in the fall of 2015 will see a newly designed test. (Sam UL/Flickr Creative Commons)

A college counselor offers advice to students who are looking ahead to the college admissions process. She reminds students they are more than a number.

15 Frustrated Students Launch The Country’s First Student Debt Strike

March 20, 2015
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced the filing of a lawsuit against the for-profit Corinthian Colleges and its subsidiaries for alleged false advertising and other charges. 15 students who attended Corinthian Colleges are refusing to pay back their loans. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

15 students who attended for-profit Corinthian Colleges are refusing to pay back their student loan debts.

What's Wrong With College Greek Life?

March 20, 2015
The Penn State University Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house in State College, Pa., is seen Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015. Penn State has suspended the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity whose members are being investigated by State College police for allegedly using two secret Facebook pages to post photos of nude females, some of whom appeared to be sleeping or passed out, as well as posts relating to hazing or drug deals. (AP)

Another spate of awful headlines from college fraternities this week. What is going on with ‘Greek life?

Sen. Warren Again Pushing Bill To Lower Student Loan Rates

March 19, 2015
In September, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. listens on Capitol Hill during the Senate Aging Committee hearing to examine older Americans and student loan debt. (Lauren Victoria Burke/AP)

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren filed a bill that would lower undergraudate loans with interst rates of 7 percent or more to about 3.9 percent.

Changing The Conversation With #IAmAStatistic

March 18, 2015
(L-R) Neil Osborne, Max Tilus,Tyler Holness, and Jack McGoldrick are behind "Statistic" -- to change the conversation about African-American men. (Robin Lubbock/Here & Now)

Many of statistics reflect African-American men’s experiences in a negative light, but what if the statistics focused on their positive accomplishments?

Williams Psychologist Rethinks How To Evaluate Students

March 17, 2015
The End of the Rainbow: How Educating for Happiness -- Not Money -- Would Transform Our Schools (New Press)

A Williams College developmental psychologist says standardized tests do not measure any qualities that actually matter in life or that parents and teachers want to instill in kids.

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