Education

These People Can Make Student Loans Disappear

A group called Rolling Jubilee has "abolished" more than $3 million in private student loans from the for-profit Corinthian Colleges. And it's just getting started.

'A' Is For Apps: Teachers Share Top Digital Tools Of The Trade

From helping students be on their best behavior to taking history lessons to the Twitterverse, teachers are using a range of apps — many of them free — to harness mobile technology in the classroom.

The NPR Ed Mailbag: Alternative Teacher Certification

Our readers had strong feelings, pro and con, on the many ways for teachers to enter the profession.

San Diego School District's New 18-Ton Armored Vehicle Creates Stir

The mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, will have teddy bears in it, school police officials say. The MRAP is a piece of military surplus equipment that's worth around $733,000.

Weekend Edition Saturday

International Students Save N.Carolina Academy From Shutdown

Oak Ridge Military Academy looked as if it was going to close a few years ago because of low enrollment. The academy turned things around by appealing to international students, from Asia to Africa.

For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many

One in five newly hired teachers has skipped university preparation for teaching. Indiana is the latest state to make entering the classroom easier.

Morning Edition

Giving Every Kid Equal Standing In The School Lunch Line

For students who don't have enough money for a hot lunch each day, visiting the cafeteria can be a source of shame. In Houston, school volunteer Kenny Thompson decided he wanted to change that.

Playgrounds For All Children: Here's How To Find One

For kids with disabilities, a simple activity like going down a slide can be a challenge. An NPR crowdsourcing project maps inclusive playgrounds — fun and safe for all — across the country.

All Things Considered

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music

A new study suggests that learning to play a musical instrument helps improve the brain's ability to process language. That means music lessons could give kids from low-income communities a big boost.

Morning Edition

Built In Better Times, University Labs Now Lack Research Funding

When the National Institutes of Health budget doubled, some schools scrambled to build new laboratory buildings. But the funding has declined, leaving institutions struggling to pay for the buildings.

Malcolm Rogers Reflects On 20 Years At MFA

September 17, 2014
Malcolm Rogers (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts Boston)

Malcolm Rogers, the longest serving director of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, joins us to talk about the future of the MFA and his decision to step down.

Three Years Later, Where Is the Occupy Movement?

September 17, 2014
Author and journalist Matt Taibbi speaks to a crowd of Occupy Wall Street protestors after a march on the offices of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in New York. (John Minchillo/AP)

The Occupy Wall Street, which started as a protest of corporate greed, is now tackling student loan debt.

Kids, Discipline, And The Adrian Peterson Debate

September 17, 2014
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson watches from the sidelines against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of a preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP/Ann Heisenfelt)

The NFL’s Adrian Peterson and the emotional debate underway about how far is too far to go when it comes to disciplining children.

No More MCAS? Boston Considers New Test For Grades 3-8

September 16, 2014

Boston may be moving away from using MCAS exams to assess students in grades 3-8 in favor of a new computer-based test.

New Texas School Law Aims To Keep Students On Track

September 16, 2014
Counselor Danette Maldonado is preparing eighth graders at Burbank Middle School for high school. That involves trying to answer the question: What do they want to do when they grow up? (Laura Isensee/HPR)

A new law requires Texas eighth graders to choose a career track when they enter high school.

Brandeis President Addresses Federal Investigation Into Handling Of Assaults

September 16, 2014

In a statement, Fred Lawrence says sexual misconduct at the university “poses a singular threat to our most deeply held values.”

Redshirting: Holding Kids Back For An Edge

September 16, 2014
Jasmin Torres helps classmate Brianna Rameles with a worksheet at the Diloreto Magnet School in New Britain, Conn., Wednesday Feb. 22, 2012. (AP/Charles Krupa)

More parents are “red-shirting” their children in kindergarten—holding them back for a year, hoping they’ll have an edge. Does it work? We look.

Officials At Madison Park Say Class Schedules Finally Set

September 15, 2014

Interim BPS Superintendent John McDonough says at this point there should only be individualized issues, which will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Northeastern Study: Not Enough Spots In Massachusetts Vocational Schools

September 15, 2014
Students work on a car at Worcester Technical High School. (US Department of Education/Flickr)

Among the issues the next Massachusetts governor will face is a growing disconnect between the number of manufacturing jobs available in the state, and workers with enough skills to fill those positions.

Would You Pay To Get Your Kid Into A Top College?

September 15, 2014
Memorial Hall at Harvard University. A San Francisco company analyzes the likelihood a student will get into the university of their choice, and charges parents based on the odds. NKCPhoto/Flickr)

A San Francisco company charges parents for a consulting package based on the odds their student will get into a certain university, with prices up to a million dollars.

Report: Many Mass. Vocational Schools Have Waiting Lists, Study Says

September 15, 2014

At a time when well-paying jobs are going unfilled for lack of skilled labor. a study has found that many vocational and technical high schools in Massachusetts have long waiting lists for students seeking admission.

Madison Park High School Headmaster Resigns; School Dept. Says Student Schedules Now Set

September 14, 2014
Madison Park High School students protested Tuesday morning. (Delores Handy/WBUR)

After seven days of chaos during which students walked out to protest not having class assignments, the headmaster of Madison Park Technical Vocation High School is out of a job.

Madison Park HS Parents Worry About Lost Time

September 12, 2014

With class schedules still incorrect and classrooms either overcrowded or empty, parents of students at Madison Park High School worry about lost class time for their children.

School Desegregation Four Decades Later

September 12, 2014
Part of a crowd of seven thousand enter Boston Common for pro-busing rally, Dec. 14, 1974. The rally heard speeches by black leaders including the Rev. Ralph Abernathy. (AP)

Today, in a special hour of Radio Boston, we are going to look back at busing, at September 14, 1974, and its legacy — it’s one of the most important moments for Boston in the second half of the 20th century. We want to hear your stories, your questions… were you bused out of your neighborhood? What happened? How did it effect your life… and how do you think it changed this city?

Brandeis Students Protest University’s Handling Of Sexual Assault

September 11, 2014
A group of Brandeis students stood before hundreds during a public demonstration to raise awareness about sexual assault. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

A group of about 50 students at Brandeis University staged a protest Wednesday night on campus to draw attention to the university’s handling of sexual assault.

Madison Park Students Still Waiting On Class Schedules A Week Into School

September 11, 2014

Many students at the city’s only vocational-technical high school said they are still waiting for class schedules.

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