Quinn Cummings: "The Year of Learning Dangerously"

August 9, 2012

More than two million U.S. elementary and high school students are home schooled. A mother describes the highs and lows of educating her daughter at home.

 Universities Shift To Online Learning

Universities Shift To Online Learning

July 31, 2012

As universities move more instruction online, observers say higher education -- and possibly the business model -- is being redefined. The new generation of online learning and what it means for the future of higher education.

Using Prescription Medication For An Academic Edge

Using Prescription Medication For An Academic Edge

July 26, 2012

A growing number of high school and college students are using ADHD drugs to gain an academic edge: Adderall abuse and what's being done to address it.

Andrew Delbanco: "College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be"

Andrew Delbanco: "College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be"

July 12, 2012

The value of college in an era of rising tuition and high unemployment. A prominent cultural critic argues for a broadly humanistic model for higher education.

Touch-Screen Devices And Very Young Children

May 23, 2012

Parents are increasingly allowing their very young children to play with iPads, iPhones and other touch-screen devices. Please join us for a conversation about interactive applications and brain development.

Managing the Burden of Student Debt.

April 23, 2012

President Obama is calling on Congress to stop federal student loan rates from doubling this summer. Republicans argue extending the current 3.4 percent rate would cost taxpayers too much. We discuss the implications for families and the economy.

Debate Over How to Teach Evolution and Climate Change

Debate Over How to Teach Evolution and Climate Change

April 9, 2012

Tennessee's legislature approved a bill that allows teachers to challenge theories of evolution and global warming. An update on the debate over science education.

Efforts to Deal With Bullying

March 15, 2012

Thirteen million kids in the US will be bullied this year. This according to the new documentary “Bully.” It’s one of two films drawing attention to the issue. The other film, “Speak Up!” was screened yesterday before a DC...

Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness

Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness

February 9, 2012

A new study shows that having a high-quality teacher even for one year can have a measurable long-term impact on a student's career. Diane and her guests discuss how best to evaluate teacher effectiveness.

Language, Music and the Brain

January 25, 2012

Learning new skills in adulthood may seem like a daunting task. Over time there is a gradual decline of the brain’s ability to absorb new information. But experts say, with the right tools and a few tricks, we can continue to grasp...

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