Education

Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Wayne Frederick, an oncologist who came to Howard University at age 16 and earned three degrees there, is taking over as institution's new president. We explore the challenges he faces at the historically black D.C. school.

Discipline in Preschool

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.

Traditional and charter schools in D.C. reportedly suspended 181 pre-K students during the 2012-13 school year. Many are shocked at the idea of suspending 4 year olds, but some educators say it's a necessary tool to maintain a positive learning environment.

Challenges Facing Charters & Traditional Public Schools

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo explores the complex relationships between traditional public school systems and the growing networks of charter schools that share the same jurisdictions.

The Long Shadow of Childhood Poverty

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Economic mobility is tough when you grow up poor and black, according to a 25-year study of a group of Baltimore students. We explore the long shadow of childhood poverty and efforts to overcome it.

Kids & YA Summer Reading

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.

School's out for summer, but reading - both assigned and for pleasure - continues for kids of all ages. We've got suggestions for babies, teens and everyone in between.

Two D.C.Universities Go Solar

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 12:22 p.m.

Two local universities will get half their energy next year from solar power. The deal could encourage more schools and businesses to move away from fossil fuels, but raises questions about cost and efficiency.

Asthma, Poverty and Public Health

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

When President Barack Obama unveiled new environmental regulations to cut carbon emissions, he claimed it could prevent 100,000 asthma attacks per year. Kojo explores the far-reaching affects of a disease that affects 25 million Americans.

The Debate Over Tenure for Teachers

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

A judge last week struck down teacher tenure laws in California in a case likely to reverberate around the country. Kojo explores the notion that tenure protects educators at the expense of students.

Coding and the Computer Science Conundrum

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo explores local and national efforts to boost computer science competency, and learns how educators are revamping computational learning to give it relevance far beyond the classroom.

The Politics of School Meal Standards

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

First Lady Michelle Obama engaged Congress this week in a debate over nationwide standards for school lunches.We explore the issues in play and why the the first lady felt compelled to make a rare foray into a direct political debate.

Bill Nye "The Science Guy" (Rebroadcast)

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Bill Nye, a Washington native, joins Kojo to discuss how he got hooked on science and what he thinks can draw future generations into STEM fields.

Your Turn

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

From commencement speakers scared off by student protests to a court battle over citizenship in the Cherokee Nation, it's your turn to join the conversation about these and other news stories.

Measuring the Value of A College Degree

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

As students and parents assess college options, debates continue over the value of a college degree. We explore the issues around college rankings, costs and the long-term value of a higher degree.

Using Title IX to Address Sexual Assault on Campus

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 55 colleges and universities under investigation for their handling of sexual violence complaints. We talk with the head of the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights.

Fraternities On and Off Campus

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 12:22 p.m.

The history of fraternities on American college campuses stretches nearly as far back as the beginning of higher education in the U.S. We consider the pros and cons of frat life for both the organizations and universities.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.