Students at the Waldorf School of New Orleans, which participates in the Louisiana Scholarship Program.

When School Vouchers Are Not a Leg Up

School voucher programs are controversial because they allow students to use public funds to pay for private school. A new paper is one of the first to show a school voucher program actually lowering student test scores.
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Learning Financial Literacy

Most teenagers are not learning about personal finance in school, according to an annual survey on financial literacy. Our guest this week says that needs to change.
Amherst senior Roshard Bryant talks to a group of visiting high-schoolers at the school’s Community Engagement Center. Bryant grew up in the Bronx and struggled to find his place at a college that has long served more privileged students. (Photo: Suzanne Pekow)

Questioning Inequalities in Higher Ed

College was once considered the path of upward mobility in this country, and for many people, it still is. But research shows that the higher education system can actually work against poor and minority students, because they often end up at colleges with few resources and low graduation rates.
Martin Luther King Jr. is jostled in Memphis as the march he's leading on March 28, 1968 turns violent. Photo courtesy University of Memphis Libraries.

Featured Documentary: King’s Last March

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. More than four decades later, King remains one of the most vivid symbols of hope for racial unity in America. But that’s not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.

Learning as a Science

What does research say about how students learn best? A group of deans from schools of education around the country has united to make sure future teachers are armed with information about what works in the classroom.
Members of the Pritchard Committee Student Voice Team held signs outside a Kentucky gubernatorial debate in Oct. 2015. (Photo: Andrew Brennen)

Where Are the Student Voices in Ed Reform?

A growing coalition of young people claims that student voices are largely missing from discussions of education reform.
Students at High Tech High School in San Diego, CA. Photo: "Most Likely to Succeed" Facebook page

Most Likely to Succeed

In most modern work places employees are expected to be self-directed and also work collaboratively. But do conventional public schools do enough to encourage creative and critical thinking?
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Siblings and the Education Gender Gap

The gender gap in education disproportionately affects poor children. New research looks at siblings to find out why boys born into poverty are less likely to succeed than girls.
Future chefs at the Culinary Institute of America, which has expanded its liberal-arts requirements. Photo: Culinary Institute of America/Hechinger Report

Where Budding Chefs Learn Philosophy, Too

Despite what you may have heard about the death of the liberal arts, leaders of one of the nation's top cooking schools, and one of the most prominent military academies say courses in subjects like English, history and philosophy are are key to preparing their students for the professional world.
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Letting Kids Fail

A few years ago, writer Jessica Lahey started noticing something troubling about many of her students: they were afraid of making mistakes in the classroom. She writes about this in her new book, “The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.”