• 6:08am May 09, 2013
    Education Education

    Perry's Vision For University Of Texas Criticized

    There's a debate across the country over how well universities are preparing graduates for the real world, and whether colleges should operate more like businesses. That debate is particularly heated in Texas, where Gov. Rick Perry wants big changes at state colleges, including the flagship University of Texas.
  • Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe often uses her longboard to get around campus and chat with students like senior Xanda Schofield.
    Wendy Kaufman / NPR
    7:48pm May 01, 2013
    National National Education

    How One College Is Closing The Computer Science Gender Gap

    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.
  • 10:51am May 01, 2013
    Education Education

    High School Seniors Must Secure College Spots With Deposits

    May 1 is when high school seniors have to send in their deposits to colleges to signal their decision to go there. Morning Edition visits Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. to hear from Eli Clarke at the College Counseling Office, and two high school seniors, about their choices.
  • 5:32pm Apr 26, 2013
    National National Education

    30 Years On, Educators Still Divided On Scathing Schools Report

    On April 26, 1983, a panel appointed by President Ronald Reagan released an ominous report that painted a dire picture of the U.S. education system. Thirty years later, many educators point to the report as the catalyst for divides that still split education reformers.
  • 4:30pm Apr 23, 2013
    Education Education

    Making The Most Of MOOCs: The Ins And Outs Of E-Learning

    Don't ever email the professor. Never friend the teacher on Facebook. Those are some of the rules A.J. Jacobs learned when he joined the ranks of millions enrolled in massive open online courses, MOOCs. Harvard, MIT and Stanford are among universities offering virtual classes free of charge.
  • Child care in the United States
    2:49pm Apr 17, 2013
    National National Education

    'The Hell Of American Day Care': Expensive And 'Mediocre'

    In a cover story for The New Republic, journalist Jonathan Cohn examines the conundrum of day care in the United States. "On the one hand," he says, "improving the quality of child care ... is going to take more money. On the other hand, it already costs more than many families can pay."
  • 2:29pm Apr 11, 2013
    National National Education

    El Paso Schools Cheating Scandal: Who's Accountable?

    The former superintendent of the Texas school district was sentenced to three years in prison for rigging standardized test scores. Other employees could still face charges for helping him carry out his scheme. Now, local and state education officials are blaming each other for letting it go on so long.
  • Students at Tenth Street Elementary out on the playground.
    Kirk Siegler / NPR
    7:20am Apr 10, 2013
    National National Education

    L.A. Schools Hire Security Aides To Watch For Threats

    Amid deep budget cuts and layoffs, the nation's second-largest school district is spending $4.5 million to hire 1,000 new aides this year. The superintendent says he'd rather use the money to hire back teachers, but the shootings in Newtown, Conn., led to a change in priorities.