Wikipedia’s Bum Rap

Wikipedia has gotten a lot of flak over the years for being inaccurate and untrustworthy. But in 2010, Wikimedia, the global movement behind Wikipedia, began recruiting professors from major U.S. universities to assign the work of editing Wikipedia articles to their students.
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A Visit From the Church Lady

Back in the 1960s, the Supreme Court declared it was unconstitutional for public schools to sponsor organized prayer and bible readings, but today there are still groups who say religious lessons belong in public school programs.
ARW's Fall 2015 Season. From Top Left: "The Living Legacy" (Photo: Emily Hanford), "Teaching Teachers"(Photo: Emily Hanford), "From Boots to Books" (Photo: Stephen Smith), "Beyond the Blackboard" (Photo: Stephen Smith)

Our Newest Education Documentaries

This fall American RadioWorks released four hour-long radio documentaries focused on K-12 and higher education. We invite you to read more about the people and places featured in the programs.

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Teaching Black Lives Matter

In November, a new social studies book about the Black Lives Matter movement will be available for middle school and high school students nationwide. While no one has had a chance to read the book yet, the idea is stirring controversy and curiosity.
The hallway in an Expeditionary Learning school in Springfield, Mass. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

A vision for a new kind of public school in America

In 1987 an educator frustrated with American school reform challenged Outward Bound to get more involved in the debate about the direction of public education. He thought American schools could learn from Outward Bound's focus on experiential learning and on teaching skills like resilience and collaboration.
Students from the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, a public school in Queens, on a four-day trip to the woods. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

Into the woods: Two principals explain what students learn by getting out of the classroom

One of the features of education at many Expeditionary Learning schools is an Outward Bound trip. See photos of one of these trips and read an interview with two principals about why they send their students outside and how it relates to what they’re trying to do in the classroom.
Kurt Hahn at Gordonstoun House in 1938. Hahn was headmaster of two private boarding schools in Europe and founder of Outward Bound.   (Photo: Gordonstoun)

Kurt Hahn and the roots of Expeditionary Learning

Early in his life, Kurt Hahn had a vision of the kind of school he wanted to create, and it was nothing like the school he went to. It would be a school designed to help kids discover their interests and passions, not just prepare them for tests. And it would be a school devoted to character development.
Students on a "learning expedition" at the Renaissance School in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Inside Expeditionary Learning at the Springfield Renaissance School

There's a lot of talk these days about the importance of traits like grit, curiosity, and self-discipline -- so-called "non-cognitive skills." How can schools teach those skills? Correspondent Emily Hanford explores the approach to character development at one school in Massachusetts.
President Roosevelt signs the GI Bill into law on June 22, 1944. (Photo: FDR Library)

The history of the GI Bill

A staggering 16 million soldiers returned home from World War II, and millions of them went to school. Because GI Bill benefits were generous enough to pay for any college in the country, veterans flooded all types of institutions, from elite schools like Harvard to large state schools, to vocational schools. By 1947, half of all college students in America were veterans.
Marines in front of Columbia University's Alma Mater statue. (Photo: Matt Mireles)

The GI Bill: One of the last great economic ladders?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill was supposed to change where veterans could go to college by giving them more money, and, therefore, more options. But since the new bill went into effect in 2009, the percentage of veterans enrolling at four-year public and private nonprofit schools has barely budged.