A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences

Once a popular way to teach grammar, the practice of diagramming sentences has fallen out of favor.

Morning Edition

When Living Out Of A Car, It's Hard To Feel At Home

Kris Kalberer and her family lost their house in 2011. Now they live in their car. Kris says she feels guilty for not being able to fix this. But her teenage daughter Erika doesn't blame her mom.

Notebooks And Pencils And Pens, Cha-Ching!

Our informal survey of what's on those back-to-school shopping lists, and how much it costs to fill kids' backpacks.

Morning Edition

A Tale Of Two Polls

Two surveys claim to capture the public's view of the Common Core State Standards. But they tell very different stories.

All Things Considered

Ferguson Teachers Use Day Off As Opportunity For A Civics Lesson

School has been canceled for the week in Ferguson, Mo., as civil unrest continues. While the students are out of the classroom, teachers are helping to clean up the streets.

Morning Edition

The Power Of The Peer Group In Preventing Campus Rape

A small percentage of college students commit most of the rapes on campus. Research suggests that the attitudes of male friends can either lead men to commit rape or stop them.

Why The Atlanta Testing Scandal Matters

The pressure placed on schools and educators by high-stakes tests can lead to unintended consequences.

Helping Students Make Sense Of A Young Black Man's Death In Missouri

The shooting of Michael Brown may raise questions for students, and teachers need to be prepared.

The NPR Ed Mailbag: The Participation Trophy

Is it "killing our sense of competition" or "simply something to commemorate their time as part of a team"? Here are some of your many responses to our story on giving kids awards for participating.

All Things Considered

Forget The Bake Sale: Some Of School's Funds Come From Bars And Brothels

Schools across the U.S. are preparing for students' return by looking for ways to supplement budgets. One Nevada school district is turning to unlikely sources of funding: liquor and prostitution.

What Will It Take To Close The Opportunity Gap?

August 22, 2014
President Obama launched My Brother's Keeper to address the opportunity gap faced by young men of color. Do its proposals go far enough? Pictured: President Barack Obama at an event to promote his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, on Feb. 27, 2014, in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper to address the opportunity gap faced by young men of color. Do its proposals go far enough?

Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’ Makes It To The Big Screen Two Decades After Publication

August 21, 2014
Author Lois Lowry. (Matt Mckee/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The children’s author talks about the movie adaptation of her 1993 Newbery Medal-winning novel.

Should Summer Vacation Be Shorter?

August 21, 2014
Some education advocates say the summer slump could be ameliorated with a longer school year. But is there some value to summer vacation? (Jorge Quinteros/Flickr)

Would lengthening the school year — and shrinking the traditional 8- to 10-week summer vacation — improve students’ academic outcomes?

Experiment Aims To Help Plymouth Students Find Passions

August 21, 2014
Plymouth North High School student Ethan Medhog, 17, left, works on his mini-motorcycle project with a classmate during the spring. His project continued through the summer. (Shannon Dooling/WBUR)

A group of New England schools is looking beyond the classroom for different ways to gauge learning. Plymouth North and South are in that group.

L.A. Moves To Arrest Fewer Misbehaving Students

August 20, 2014
Steve Zipperman, chief of the Los Angeles School Police Department, announces the new school discipline initiatives, Aug. 19, 2014. (Los Angeles School Police Department/Facebook)

The change in the school district’s policy is the culmination of a long fight by judges, government officials, advocates and attorneys.

The Art And Science Of Living With A Stranger

August 19, 2014
Lara Russo, left, Cally Guasti, center, and Reese Werkhoven sit on a couch in their apartment in New Paltz, N.Y. on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  While their roommate story of $40,800 found in a couch made the news, other, weirder stories of unusual roommates are far more common. (AP)

From college dorms and summer camps to RVs and retirement hotels, what it’s like to share a room. True stories of roommates.

Colorado Ad Cautions Kids About Marijuana

August 18, 2014
A new ad campaign in Colorado is aimed at teens who are - or may be thinking about - using pot. (Screenshot via Vimeo)

The new “Don’t Be A Lab Rat” ad campaign in Colorado is aimed at teens who are – or may be thinking about – using pot.

The Educated Sheep Of The Ivy League

August 18, 2014
An image from the Princeton University campus. (Instagram / @JessHeart23)

A loud complaint that some top American colleges are turning out “excellent sheep.” A sharp critique of the Ivy League.

Phoenix Public Schools Compete For Students

August 15, 2014
Public schools like South Mountain in Phoenix, Ariz. are trying all kinds of ways to market themselves, from old-school fliers to radio and TV spots. (Stina Sieg/KJZZ)

Because of something called open enrollment, schools are vying for students and trying new ways to market themselves.

Training Police To Put Aside Their Biases

August 15, 2014
Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Criminologist Lorie Fridell says police officers can and should be trained to recognize their own internal biases.

Changes For Roxbury’s Dearborn School Spark Objections

August 14, 2014
A view of the Dearborn school in Roxbury (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Its replacement was supposed to house the city’s only STEM school. But the superintendent now proposes that the Dearborn become a K-12 charter school.

A Different Type Of Online Education Goes Viral

August 13, 2014
(Kevin McShane/Flickr)

Udemy is a platform for experts to create courses and offer them to the public at either no charge or for a fee.

Woman Wins ‘Math Nobel’ For First Time

August 13, 2014
Iranian-born Stanford mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani is among the four winners of the Fields Medal. (Courtesy of Maryam Mirzakhani)

Iranian-born Stanford mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani is among the four winners of the Fields Medal.

Spare The Rod: The Case Against Spanking

August 12, 2014
Cody Fenwick: "Why do we ignore this kind of violence when it is done to children?."

Why do we ignore this kind of violence when it is done to children?

Why Aren’t Parents Packing Healthy Lunches For Kids?

August 11, 2014
According to a new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, few parents in Mass. are including healthy food like cucumbers and strawberries in packed lunches. (Matthew Mead/AP)

According to a new Tufts University study, parents are packing too much junk food and too few fruits and vegetables in their kids’ lunches.

Report: Mass. Public Colleges Boost Fundraising

August 11, 2014

Focused efforts by public universities in Massachusetts to boost private fundraising are paying off.

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