November 13, 2013 A chance encounter forces commentator Marcelo Gleiser to reconsider his view of the relationship between science and religion. It's a life-changing experience that has driven him to dedicate his life to spreading the gospel of science education.
November 12, 2013 American entrepreneurs in Kenya are attempting to fundamentally transform education for some of the poorest kids in the world — while making a profit. Classes are large, and lessons are standardized. Some education leaders worry that private, for-profit schools undermine struggling public education systems.
November 4, 2013 For 2012, Oregon was found to be the least affordable state for center-based care for a married couple with a 4-year-old, ahead of New York, Minnesota and Vermont. Overall, the costs of child care grew up to eight times faster than family income, according to a new study.
November 1, 2013 Numbers tell a story. Would you believe that you're less likely to get the story right the smarter you are? Sometimes that's the case and commentator Alva Noë sees this finding as an argument in favor of an education system that trains our children to be good thinkers, not just good calculators.
September 25, 2013 New York University's new Shanghai campus is the first Sino-U.S. joint-venture university. Chinese students get a Western education without leaving home. American students get to live and study in China, with many enjoying big breaks on tuition and other costs.
September 18, 2013 Robot Turtles is a tabletop board game that teaches children as young as 3 years old the fundamentals of computer programming. Entrepreneur Dan Shapiro came up with the idea while playing with his kids, and took a leave of absence from Google to get the game into production.
August 28, 2013 Hoping to make education less stressful, China's Ministry of Education is considering new rules that include a ban on written homework. But teachers, and even some students, are against the idea.
June 10, 2013 When Denver teenager Dajina Bell graduated from high school last week, she celebrated a remarkable academic and personal comeback. Bell's high school years were marked early on by her brother's death and a host of other troubles.
May 1, 2013 At Harvey Mudd College in California, about 40 percent of the computer science majors are women. That's far more than at any other co-ed school. And it's thanks in large part to the school's president, Maria Klawe. She has worked hard to keep women interested in computer science and empower them to succeed in the field.
March 14, 2013 Alabama's Gov. Robert Bentley has signed a sweeping education bill that gives tax credits to parents who want to transfer their children from a failing public school to another public or private school. The bill became law one day after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled a lawsuit against it was premature.
March 8, 2013 A week after a sweeping education bill was abruptly adopted by Alabama's Legislature, the legislation is on hold, with a circuit judge and the state's supreme court reviewing separate lawsuits filed over it. The bill gives tax credits to parents who move children from struggling schools to private or public schools.
February 28, 2013 The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is making it easier for more nontraditional students to become doctors. Applicants don't have to have taken the standard admissions test or a full slate of premed classes to be considered. The school's leadership hopes the move will foster greater diversity.
February 13, 2013 Here are links to several stories we did last year on the economics of preschool — a subject made newly relevant by last night's State of the Union address.
January 18, 2013 In New York City, the failure to agree on a plan for evaluating its teachers is being widely criticized, especially because the city will now miss out on hundreds of millions of dollars in state financing. At stake was $250 million in aid, and another $200 million in grants, according to WNYC's Schoolbook education blog.