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Mariano Agosto helps his daughter Melanie, 7, with homework after school at Christopher House.

PROOF POINTS: A crowdsourcing approach to homework help

Kids hate doing homework. Parents hate nagging about it. Teachers hate grading it. There are even ongoing debates among educators about whether all the assignments help students learn much.  Here’s one way that homework might be more effective: crowdsourcing help from teachers. Neil Heffernan, a professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, came up with […]

Jobless college students are being given summer jobs to mentor younger peers

With their summer jobs and internships canceled and anxiety about getting Covid-19 — or just succumbing to boredom — college students have found at least one type of work that they largely can do at home this summer: mentoring even younger students. This story also appeared in PBS Newshour Several programs aimed at keeping incoming […]


The coronavirus is upending our education system, with schools and campuses closing, classes going remote and students missing out on milestones like graduation. We’ll bring you stories of how the virus is exposing educational divides, disrupting the way students learn, and forcing education institutions to adapt to a new reality.   

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