Education

  • September 27, 2013  

    In 1870, on the heels of civil war and the end of slavery, the nation’s first African-American public high school opened just blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Today Dunbar High School is honoring its past while hoping to recapture what once made it great. Jeffrey Brown talks to Alison Stewart about her new book, "First Class." Continue reading

  • September 25, 2013   BY  

    Photo by Justin Scuiletti/PBS NewsHour. Director of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Andrea Suarez Falken (third from left) experiences the forest park at Yu Ying Charter School in Washington, D.C.

  • September 24, 2013    

    Now a junior at a Chicago university, Eric spent a year between high school and college studying in South Korea. Not all high schools are created equal, especially when comparing them across the globe. In a new book “The Smartest … Continue reading

  • September 23, 2013    

    NEW YORK — Even though Malala Yousafzai, the young education activist who was shot by a member of the Taliban, started out as a blogger for the BBC, she normally doesn’t tweet. But Monday afternoon, she typed her first 140-character message in a Twitter chat for her organization, the @MalalaFund. Continue reading

  • September 23, 2013  

    What makes for educational success for kids around the world — and how can we apply that in the U.S.? Jeffrey Brown speaks with Amanda Ripley, author of "The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way," on her conclusions after studying the diverse academic environments of Poland, Finland and South Korea. Continue reading

  • September 21, 2013   BY  

    Langdell Hall of Harvard Law School | Credit: Wikimedia Commons In an effort to teach concise writing skills, legal writing professor Lisa Mazzie tasked her students at Marquette University Law School with crafting a story in just six words.

  • September 19, 2013   BY  

    Photo by flickr user Geoffery Kehrig Scientists know physical activity can help children focus better at school and that it can even help them perform better academically. But it wasn’t until a recent study, conducted at the University of Illinois … Continue reading

  • September 13, 2013   BY  

    Video still of Anders Breivik Anders Behring Breivik, convicted of killing 77 people in a 2011 mass shooting and bombing in Norway, has been cleared to enroll in three political sciences courses at the University of Oslo. The university’s university’s … Continue reading

  • September 11, 2013   BY  

    Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images. In response to U.S. News and World Report’s famous college ranking, Washington Monthly puts out its own College Guide and Rankings issue that measures factors such as the graduation rate of low-income students, … Continue reading

  • September 11, 2013   BY  

    The release of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 college rankings Tuesday unleashed the usual obsessing. The Chronicle of Higher Education cleanly summarizes some of the methodological changes in this year’s rankings, which included decreasing the weight of student selectivity … Continue reading