May 20, 2013 It's the end of the academic year and students everywhere are taking tests. What for? Commentator Tania Lombrozo suggests we should shift our focus from testing for assessment to testing for learning.
May 15, 2013 Improvements in science education can take many forms. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says that one of the easiest and most rewarding is to simply put real research scientists in front of students. A few volunteer hours from a scientist can change how a student sees the world forever.
May 13, 2013 Eugenie C. Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), explains in a video how she sees parallels between the rejection of evolution and of the rejection of climate science.
May 6, 2013 A new site called The People's Science aims to bring researchers and the general public together to talk about the work they're doing. Tania Lombrozo takes a look and tries it out for herself.
April 2, 2013 Investigators say there was a widespread effort to change test scores in order to make the school system look better. The 35 educators who have been indicted include the former superintendent, who has denied any wrongdoing.
January 29, 2013 The American College of Emergency Physicians and FEMA are hoping to teach children what to do before, during, and after disasters using their online game, Disaster Hero.
November 16, 2012 Our kids are bombarded with stresses, and sensory overload, at home, on the playground and in the classroom. Commentator Barbara J. King reads the work of Canadian psychologist Stuart Shanker and considers concrete strategies to help our children self-regulate.
October 19, 2012 A couple of Stanford professors have set up a company called Coursera to offer free classes to anybody anywhere in the world. Anywhere in the world, that is, except Minnesota.
October 11, 2012 The cost and benefit of a college education in 10 countries, in one big graphic.
September 19, 2012 Getting a bonus up front may work better than giving bonuses for good performance.
August 27, 2012 The University of the People says it's the "world's first, tuition-free, online university," designed for poor students who would otherwise lack access to higher education. The institution has 1,300 students in 129 countries, but it's also struggling to maintain its "free" mission.
August 24, 2012 The San Francisco Teacher Residency helps historically underserved students who are able to improve equity and achievement in math, science and bilingual Spanish.
July 23, 2012 Now that Stanford, Harvard and other top American universities are offering free online courses, will students one day be able to get course credits and degrees online from these schools without having to pay for it? Stanford's president says his school "can see moving in that direction."
July 4, 2012 Science literacy brings independence to the individual and the nation. But American science education is in crisis. What can be done to improve it, inside and outside the classroom?
May 2, 2012 It's become much cheaper and easier to put college courses online, and new technologies have only made these classes more valuable. Following the lead of other top universities, Harvard and MIT announced a new venture Wednesday to provide online classes for free.