News: Education

Taffy Abel medaled in the 1924 Olympics. Few knew of his Indigenous heritage
Troy Oppie | February 7, 2022
Taffy Abel was the 1924 Olympic USA Flag Bearer in Chamonix, France.Jones Family Collection At the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, about two dozen American dignitaries and athletes trudged through snowy streets in the opening parade. The American flag - then with just 48 stars - was carried by ...
Irma Olguin: Why We Should Bring Tech Economies to Underdog Cities
Manoush Zomorodi, Matthew Cloutier, Katie Monteleone, Sanaz Meshkinpour | February 4, 2022
Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Work, Play, Rest - Part 1. Irma Olguin wants to bring the tech industry to cities like her hometown, Fresno. She believes building a support system for tech workers will strengthen communities and revitalize undervalued cities. About Irma Olguin Irma Olguin is ...
From slavery to socialism, new legislation restricts what teachers can discuss
Terry Gross | February 3, 2022
A third-grade teacher conducts class in Rye, N.Y. Researcher Jeffrey Sachs says that since January 2021, 35 states have introduced legislation limiting topics that schools can teach.Mary Altaffer | AP Across the U.S., educators are being censored for broaching controversial topics. Since January 2021, researcher Jeffrey Sachs says, 35 states ...
4 tips for parents and caregivers who want to go to college
Mansee Khurana | February 3, 2022
Deanna DeMaglie for NPR Waukecha Wilkerson is a mom, a small business owner and a tutor when any one of her three kids is struggling with math homework. On top of all that, she's is a part-time student at Sacramento State in California. She says being a student parent comes ...
Some families are being forced to choose between remote learning and school meals
Cory Turner | February 2, 2022
Daniel Fishel for NPR Joel Barron, a mother of two in Minnetonka, Minn., has a question for policymakers: "Will you look in my child's eyes when they do not have any food?" Until recently, Barron's children, ages 10 and 12, qualified for free school meals. During the last school year, ...
More than half of teachers are looking for the exits, a poll says
Anya Kamenetz | February 1, 2022
LA Johnson | NPR Teachers are picking up slack for absent colleagues. They're covering for unfilled positions. And 55% of them say they will leave teaching sooner than they had originally planned, according to a poll of its members by the nation's largest teachers union. The National Education Association poll, ...
New bomb threats disrupt campus activities at several HBCUs
Joe Hernandez, Bill Chappell | January 31, 2022
Howard University in Washington, D.C., is one of at least six historically Black colleges and universities that received bomb threats on Monday. It received a second threat on Tuesday.Drew Angerer | Getty Images Updated February 1, 2022 at 8:26 AM ET New bomb threats targeted multiple historically Black colleges and ...
A discovery of Holocaust-era photos helps a Jewish family connect with its past
Greg Allen | January 27, 2022
Salomon Abend, second from the left, at Beaune La Rolande.U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum The U.S. Holocaust Museum has acquired photos of a French internment camp where 18,000 Jews were imprisoned before being sent to Auschwitz. The story of how rare photographs were rediscovered begins three decades ago on the streets ...
Starting in 2024, U.S. students will take the SAT entirely online
Elissa Nadworny | January 25, 2022
Ryan Johnson for NPR The SAT, a college admissions exam long associated with paper and pencil, will soon go all-digital. Starting in 2023 for international students and in 2024 in the U.S., the new digital SAT will shrink from three hours to two, include shorter reading passages and allow students ...