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Making it stick

Why do we remember some things, and forget others? That's what author Peter Brown and psychologists Henry Roediger and Mark McDaniel set out to answer in their new book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.

What teachers need

Education correspondent Emily Hanford talks with author Elizabeth Green about her new book, Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone).
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Intelligence is achievable and other lessons from The Teacher Wars

Education correspondent Emily Hanford continues her conversation with Dana Goldstein, author of The Teacher Wars.
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Teaching: The most embattled profession

Education correspondent Emily Hanford talks with bestselling author Dana Goldstein about her new book, The Teacher Wars.
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Video games: New literacy for a complex world

Author James Paul Gee says video games are problems to solve that come with their own tools. He says they're like "an external mind," and teachers should use them in classrooms.
Josipa Roksa and Richard Arum, co-authors of Aspiring Adults Adrift. (Photo:  Social Science Research Council)

Ed researchers: Colleges can do more for students, especially in a bad economy

College is worth the investment. College graduates can't find good jobs. Student loan debt keeps rising, and now tops a trillion dollars. What can be done?
New cars waiting to be driven off the factory floor at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. A new car comes off the production line every 54 seconds. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
Students in the biotechnology program at Minuteman High School in Lexington, Massachusetts dissect dogfish. The school is called Minuteman because it’s located just down the street from where the Minutemen fought the first battles of the Revolutionary War. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

A 21st-century vocational high school

For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
At Glencliff High School in Nashville, career academy students are invited to be tour guides based on their leadership and public speaking skills. (Photo: Laurie Stern)

Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
A student at a vocational high school in Massachusetts learns to weld. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

The troubled history of vocational education

Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.