Socioeconomic Desegregation

March 21, 2002

A panel talks about the legal, political, and practical reasons behind--and the likely consequences of--San Francisco's switch from racial integration to a socioeconomically-based desegregation plan for its schools.


February 21, 2002

A panel talks about the difference between sloppiness and deliberate deceit in schoolwork, how high school and middle school teachers are catching Internet plagiarizers, and the significance of high-profile cases of plagiarism among...

Education Policy

January 10, 2002

Education experts disagree on whether the bipartisan $26 billion "Leave No Child Behind" Act signed by the President this week will improve K through 12 education over the long haul. A panel talks about the new federal policy: how...

Shirley Tilghman

July 17, 2001

Diane talks with Dr. Shirley Tilghman, the new president of Princeton University and a renowned educator and genetic scientist. She talks with Diane about her career, her views on scientific research, education, and her plans as leader of...

Readers' Review: Anne Lamott's "Bird By Bird"

June 15, 2001

The title of Anne Lamott's popular writing guide refers to a childhood story about her brother, who was overwhelmed by an upcoming school report on birds. Their father advised him, "Just take it bird by bird." A panel of writers...

Paying for College

April 4, 2001

It's early spring, and that means college-bound high school seniors and their families are choosing schools, and figuring out how to pay for tuition, room and board. Diane and her guests talk about how to manage the expense of higher...

Standardized Tests

February 26, 2001

A discussion on the Bush administration's call for annual standardized tests for all students in grades three through eight.

Diane Ravitch: "Left Back" (Simon and Schuster)

September 29, 2000

The future of education has become a major issue in this year's presidential campaigns. Diane Ravitch offers a historical view in her new book, which is a review and critique of the major educational reforms and reformers of the past...


June 20, 2000

The practice of educating children at home or with the cooperation of other parents is on the rise. Homeschooling is often associated with Christian-oriented instruction, but many parents simply feel that public schools don't offer an...

Charter Schools

May 18, 2000

Charter schools have long been advocated as a way to provide an effective alternative to traditional public education. The movement has caught on in many areas of the country but is still as controversial as ever. A panel talks about the...

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