Swampscott Parents Upset As Reasons Principal Stepped Down Come Out

January 8, 2016

Authorities revealed allegations that the former principal tried to exchange explicit messages with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

Former St. George’s Headmaster Denies Telling Student She Was Unstable

January 7, 2016

The former head of a Rhode Island boarding school that’s the target of sexual assault allegations is denying a former student’s claim that he did not take her abuse accusations seriously.

Remembering WWII Veteran Susumu Ito

January 1, 2016
Susumu Ito is second from the right in this photo taken in France during WWII of four Japanese American soldiers who became officers in the 44nd. The other three veterans are now deceased. (Vincent Yee photo of Susumu Ito photo)

The Harvard professor, who served in one of the most decorated units in American military history, died in September at the age of 96.

‘Manspreading’ Makes List Of Words Banished For ‘General Uselessness’

December 31, 2015
WNYC employees demonstrate "manspreading," which refers to how men often take up too much space on public transportation. (Richard Yeh/WNYC)

Lake Superior State University’s list includes the phrase, which refers to how men often take up too much space on public transportation.

More Mass. Colleges Helping Needy Students Get Food

December 25, 2015

A statewide survey found that 25 of the 28 public universities now have their own food pantries or direct students to nearby pantries, up from 19 in 2014.

U.S. Schools Attract Chinese Students, Who Pay In Full, As China Fights To Keep Talent

December 25, 2015

Many college students are enjoying the Christmas back at home this holiday, but for some students, home may be too far — especially foreign students.

Muslim Students Get Mixed Reactions After San Bernardino Shooting

December 24, 2015
Six days after the San Bernardino shooting, 14-year-old Hassan Messelmani (R) was told by a teacher to "quit acting like a terrorist." He's shown here with his mother Samira Elzayat and 6-year-old brother Rami. (Maya Sugarman/KPCC)

While advocacy groups say there’s been an uptick in anti-Muslim incidents, Muslim students are experiencing everything from namecalling to support.

When Is A Space ‘Safe’?

December 23, 2015
One term keeps taking center stage in the coverage of campus protests around the country, like this one at the University of California-Berkeley. It’s the phrase “safe spaces.” (Laura Klivans/Youth Radio)

Youth Radio contributor Myles Bess unpacks the phrase, which has been making headlines nationally for its use in student protests.

The Importance Of Reading Fiction In School

December 22, 2015
Children's books (San José Library/Flickr)

A new study has found that American children are reading less fiction in school. We speak to an education professor about its importance.

No Credible Threat To Nashua Schools, New Hampshire Police Say

December 21, 2015

Nashua closed all public schools Monday after a school administrator received via email a “detailed” threat to hurt students and teachers. Officials say classes will resume Tuesday.

Without Lights, Tinsel Or Leisure – A Look At Life In Ancient Bethlehem

December 18, 2015
A picture taken on December 16, 2015 in the West Bank city of Bethlehem shows a Christmas manger displayed in front of a Christian souvenir shop on the Manger Square near the Church of the Nativity, revered as the site of Jesus Christ's birth. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Most know the story of Jesus’ birth, but the biblical story doesn’t say much about what life in Bethlehem was like then.

Rediscovered Trunk Of 17th Century Letters A Link To The Past

December 18, 2015
A historian at Yale has been examining this treasure trove of undelivered letters, recently rediscovered in the Netherlands. (©Signed, Sealed & Undelivered team, 2015. Courtesy of the Museum Voor Communicatie, the Hague, the Netherlands)

Undelivered letters recently rediscovered in the Netherlands are offering this Yale researcher a window into history.

Virginia County Closes Schools After Controversial Islam-Related Lesson

December 18, 2015
Controversy has erupted in August County, Virginia this week after students and parents complained about a world geography assignment at Riverheads High School. (David Cosand/Flickr)

After August County students and parents complained, the schools were shut down. We check in with a local education reporter.

Brandeis University Names New President

December 17, 2015
Ronald Liebowitz, the former head of Middlebury College in Vermont, will take over as Brandeis' new president in July. (Courtesy Brandeis/Brett Simison)

Ronald Liebowitz, the former head of Middlebury College in Vermont, will take over as Brandeis’ new president in July.

Fighting Extremism In Morocco Starting With At-Risk Kids

December 17, 2015
Boubker Mazoz started a neighborhood association and a cultural center in a low-income neighborhood of Casablanca to help to help marginalized kids out of poverty (Courtesy of El Mezzaoui Photography).

Programs in Casablanca help those growing up in poverty to be less vulnerable to violent extremism.

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