Category Archives: Teachers & Education

Low Pay, Long Commutes: The Plight Of The Adjunct Professor

Eric Westervelt of the NPR Ed team is guest-hosting for the next few weeks on Here & Now, the midday news program from NPR and WBUR.

More than half of the professors in the United States are adjuncts. As largely part-time educators, they’re excluded from most of the benefits and security granted to full-time faculty. Even though their numbers have dramatically increased in recent decades, that doesn’t necessarily translate into power. Many struggle to attain any recognition at all for their hard work, low pay and often terrible commutes.

Artist Dushko Petrovich is one of those adjuncts, and he has an extreme story. He teaches at four colleges: Boston University, Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design and New York University. That’s right, four different states. Talk about a nightmare commute.

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Does It Pay To Pay Teachers $100,000?


From NPR News

We’re brought up to believe our teachers are modern-day saints.

Just look at how we portray them in the movies and on TV. From Dead Poets Society‘s iconic Mr. Keating to resourceful LouAnne Johnson in Dangerous Minds, we reinforce time and again that teaching is a noble calling.

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U.S. Colleges See A Big Bump In International Students



From NPR News

The number of international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities jumped last year — in a big way. It’s up 10 percent, to roughly 975,000, according to a new report by the Institute of International Education and backed by the State Department.

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Did You Know You Can Lower Your Student Loan Payments? I Didn’t


From NPR News

Here’s what I remember about the beginning of the night: I’d planned to stay up late, for work. Later than usual, to watch President Obama’s State of the Union address.

It was cold outside, January in D.C. A snowstorm was coming, and the digital antenna for my TV wasn’t behaving. I was getting up often to adjust it.

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From ‘Book Strap’ To ‘Burrito’: A History Of The School Backpack

From NPR News

My editor, Steve Drummond, isn’t that old of a guy. He’s from Michigan — Wayne Memorial High School, class of ’79.

But when he starts talking about backpacks, he dips into a “back in my day” tone that makes you think of a creaky rocking chair and suspenders: “You know, Lee, when I was in school, no one had a backpack!

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Most school districts withhold salary data from California state controller

From The Sacramento Bee

When the State Controller’s Office asked school districts to hand over salary data, about 70 percent of the public school systems across the state – and a slightly higher share in Sacramento County – did not provide the requested information.

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