Recent stories by Amanda…
The outrageous price of a U.S. degree is unique in the world.
What if journalists covered controversial issues differently — based on how humans actually behave when they are polarized and suspicious?
My visit to a Difficult Conversation Lab–and other experiments in reviving complexity (in a time of false simplicity).
A review of Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies
Why does the Border Patrol have fewer women than the Marines?
Cops, Crime & the Brain...on Camera
Girls in the Middle East do better than boys in school by a greater margin than almost anywhere else in the world: a case study in motivation & mixed messages.
Bringing back U.S. exchange programs could help remind citizens what we all have in common
How to finally get more women (and better men) into elected office.
The new PISA international test results are out: The Good, the Bad & the Downright Terrifying
At least 22 states make it a crime to disturb school in ways that teenagers are wired to do. How did this happen?
Rebels with causes.
How one teacher is attempting to train a generation of globally competitive players--starting with their coaches.
What would compel a massive company to help its employees pay rent and attend college?
In Washington, DC, they are (finally) highly paid professionals. Time to talk about them that way.
Nets, Lawsuits & Shotguns: The strange new world of drone control.
Can Starbucks save the middle class? Inside a radical attempt to help American workers finish college.
Kentucky teens asked lawmakers to grant them a small voice in vetting new superintendents. Then the adults threw a tantrum.
The one change education reformers have not tried in the U.S. is the one that matters most worldwide.
To learn how bored kids are in school, just look at Twitter.
The United States routinely spends more tax dollars per high-school athlete than per high-school math student—unlike most countries worldwide.
Dispatch from Kentucky -- the state that adopted controversial new learning standards before they became remotely controversial.
Do American parents spend too much time volunteering at their kids’ schools?
Kim Ki-hoon earns $4 million a year in South Korea, where he is known as a rock-star teacher—a combination of words not typically heard in the rest of the world.
Work is getting easier to audition for...but harder to keep.
Under sudden attack, the brain does not work the way we think it will.
One way or another, it seems likely that more people will eventually learn more for less money. The next question might be, Which people?
Inside an experiment to let kids evaluate teachers in the public schools of Washington, D.C.
Many countries have revolutionized their education systems in recent years, but not one has done it through strikes, walkouts or righteous indignation.
The only way the brain learns to handle unpredictable environments is to practice.
My strange midnight ride-along with South Korea's "study police."
The most influential education expert you’ve never heard of.
Behind the acrimony and allegations, the real people--and solvable problems--of the American bureaucracy.
If we think of our states as 50 different countries, how do we compare to the rest of the world?
Wating for Superman argues that we have the data and the means to dramatically improve student performance. Now we need the will.
The exclusive story of a national experiment in paying for performance that delighted children, offended adults and provoked death threats against the scientist.
Mr. Taylor ranks among the top 5 percent of all D.C. math teachers. What's he doing differently?
Classrooms in countries with the highest-performing students contain very little tech wizardry, generally speaking.
FEMA’s new administrator has a message for Americans: get in touch with your survival instinct.
Teachers hate her. Principals are scared of her. How Michelle Rhee became the most revolutionary — and polarizing — force in American education.