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Behind The Curtain Of College Admissions, Fairness May Not Be Priority No. 1

A discrimination complaint against Harvard has renewed focus on the fairness of admissions decisions. The process must be rational, says counselor and blogger Jim Jump, but it's not often fair.

Photos Capture The Joy On Playgrounds Around The World

From the U.K. to Kenya to the West Bank, photographer James Mollison exposes not only inequalities among rich and poor countries, but also the intimate moments that unfold during recess.

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Take It Outside: Teaching Sex Ed On The Streets Of New York

Sex education often occurs in one of two places: at home or at school. Francisco Ramirez is bringing the subject out into the open.

How Do You Motivate Kids To Stop Skipping School?

A study in an Indian slum tried promising a reward: Improve your attendance, and you'll get a small treat. But for third-graders, sometimes these incentive schemes can do more harm than good.

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'Be Guardians, Not Warriors': Training A New Generation Of Police

NPR's Robert Siegel reports from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York on how policing is being taught during this year filled with news of tensions between police and civilians.

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Energy Companies Step In To Fund STEM Education

Many public high schools lack funding for STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — programs. Energy companies worried about finding future employees are donating to schools.

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Is Harvard Showing Bias Against Asian-Americans?

A coalition of more than 60 organizations says the university has adopted higher expectations for Asian applicants in order to limit enrollment of this minority group.

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Biology Professor's Calling: Teach Deaf Students They Can Do Anything

From a young age, Caroline Solomon wanted a career in science. She also wanted to help other deaf and hard-of-hearing people defy the odds. Now, she's considered a role model at Gallaudet University.

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Rabbis Diversify To Connect To Students; Just Don't Bring Up Israel

As the number of religious young people declines, Hillel International is trying to build a "big tent" Judaism for secular and religious students alike. But some say that tent may not be big enough.

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Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful ... This Great Teacher Abides By The Scout Law

For 27 years, Romy Vasquez has been working with Boy Scouts in South Central Los Angeles, where, he says, it's easier to find a gang to join than a Boy Scout troop.

New UMass President Meehan Receives Yearly Perks In Contract

May 22, 2015
Incoming UMass President Marty Meehan (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Marty Meehan will be paid $525,000 in the first year of a five-year contract that could be bumped to more than $750,000 with perks.

Mother Of Student Informant Who Overdosed Wants Dealer Charged

May 21, 2015
Students walk through the UMass Amherst campus. (Andrew Phelps/WBUR)

Francesca Sinacori says police know the identity of the dealer, but no charges have been filed, 19 months after her son’s death.

Study: Suicide Rate Doubles For Black Children 5–11 Years Old

May 21, 2015
Empty swings (Stuart Herbert/Flickr)

The suicide rate among young black children has nearly doubled over the last two decades, even as it declined for white children.

Free College?

May 21, 2015
In this photo taken Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, late light falls on Wheeler Hall, South Hall and the Campanile on the University of California campus in Berkeley, Calif. This famously liberal college town is known as the cradle of the Free Speech Movement, but speech isn’t the only thing that’s free here. Whether you’re strolling the redwood-shaded University of California, Berkeley, campus, or slipping across the Oakland border for a dose of Golden State history, you can exercise your limbs and your intellect without giving your wallet a workout. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

With student debt topping $1 trillion, a renewed call for radical change – maybe even free public university tuition. We’ll hear more about it.

Marty Meehan: State Leaders Need To Know Mass. Economy ‘Runs Through’ UMass

May 21, 2015
Incoming UMass President Marty Meehan talks about his plans for the five-campus system during an interview at WBUR. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The incoming UMass president discusses the challenges he believes the university system faces and shares some of his strategies for overcoming them.

Carlos Santiago Named Mass. Higher Ed Commissioner

May 20, 2015

Santiago is currently the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education senior deputy commissioner for academic affairs.

Judge Denies Request To Join Trials In UMass Rape Case

May 20, 2015

A judge has ruled that the three remaining defendants charged with raping a University of Massachusetts student in 2012 will be tried separately.

Life Skills 101: The Case For Teaching Dollars And Sense In All Mass. Classrooms

May 20, 2015
A recent study of schools in all 50 states ranks Massachusetts among just 11 that get a failing grade for the financial literacy of its students. It's time to stop short-changing our kids. (Bearden/flickr)

A recent study of schools in all 50 states ranks Massachusetts among just 11 that get a failing grade for the financial literacy of its students. It’s time to stop short-changing our kids.

Musicians, Authors, Political Figures Address Boston Area Commencement Ceremonies

May 19, 2015
Berklee College of Music president Roger Brown walks to the dais followed by honorary degree recipient jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

It’s the middle of May, and that means it’s time for college students to sit through one last lecture — at commencement.

Turn It Down: Berklee And Spotify Team Up To Save Our Ears

May 19, 2015
The World Health Organization predicts 1 billion young people could develop hearing loss due to poor listening habits. While all of our ears are at stake, the prognosis is worse for musicians. So Berklee College of Music and Spotify are teaming up to raise awareness about threats to our hearing.(Emily Orpin/Flickr)

The World Health Organization predicts 1 billion young people could develop hearing loss due to poor listening habits. While all of our ears are at stake, the prognosis is worse for musicians. So Berklee College of Music and Spotify are teaming up to raise awareness about threats to our hearing.

What Privacy Rights Do You Have At The Library?

May 18, 2015
Patrons use computers in the Teen'Scape area at the Los Angeles Public Library. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

In the age of data collection by both federal agencies and private companies, some librarians say it’s increasingly difficult to maintain patron privacy and intellectual freedom.

How – And How Well – Would Free College Work?

May 18, 2015
In this May 31, 2014 file photo, graduates throw their caps in the air in triumph at the University of Delaware's commencement ceremony in Newark, Del. It turns out their majors might matter more than they think in their future earnings. (Emily Varisco/AP)

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders is proposing legislation that would make tuition at four-year public colleges free.

Tufts Students Keep Commencement Protests Muted

May 17, 2015
Students hold signs in support of janitorial staff at Tufts University's commencement on May 17, 2015.(Peter Balonon-Rosen/WBUR)

Protests on Sunday at Tufts University’s commencement over plans to cut school cleaning staff were mostly muted — despite larger protests Saturday.

No Resume, No Interview, No Problem At Yonkers Bakery

May 14, 2015
Bakers pose for a photo at Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, N.Y. (Courtesy of Greyston)

Greyston Bakery invites people to apply, regardless of immigration status, criminal records or work experience.

The Fellowship Of The Raga

May 14, 2015
From left: 2014 IndianRaga fellows Sharada Krishnan and Ashwin Srikant, IndianRaga founder and CEO Sriram Emani, mbira player Kevin Nathaniel, IndianRaga head of marketing Amrit Chavada, and 2014 IndianRaga fellow Hrishikesh Chary. (Vladimir Weinstein Photography)

Each year, the IndianRaga Fellowship brings together young musicians and heavyweights in Indian classical music.

New Boston School Chief: District Should Partner With Private Organizations

May 14, 2015
Incoming Superintendent Tommy Chang listens to the Boston International High School headmaster Nicole Bahnam on Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Incoming Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang joined WBUR Thursday morning to talk about his vision.

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