Eric Westervelt en Some Common Misconceptions About Paying For College In reporting on students <a href="">navigating the maze</a> of college costs and financial aid, I kept running into misconceptions about paying for a degree. Here are some of the most common ones:<p><strong>Low-income students get most of their college financial aid needs met and rich kids don't have to worry, so it's mainly the middle class that gets squeezed. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:05:01 +0000 Eric Westervelt 57000 at Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families In the past 20 years, the average burden for a four-year college graduate in the U.S. has gone from about $9,000 to nearly $30,000 today. The percentage of students carrying debt has shot up from less than half to nearly 70 percent these days.<p>At a large public high school in Freemont, Calif., southeast of San Francisco, Alyssa Tucker and Thao Le sit on a metal table. Both come from families with modest incomes.<p>Both are 17 and facing college this fall with anxious excitement. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:40:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 56943 at College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't With spring fast approaching, many American high school seniors are now waiting anxiously to hear whether they got into the college or university of their choice. For many students, their scores on the SAT or the ACT will play a big role in where they get in.<p>That's because those standardized tests remain a central part in determining which students get accepted at many schools. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:29:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 54253 at A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age <p></p><p></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:39:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 54216 at Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core Supporters of the new Common Core <a href="">education standards</a> adopted by 45 states say the standards hold American students to much higher expectations, and move curriculum away from a bubble-test culture that encourages test preparation over deeper learning.<p>But there's growing backlash to <a href="">Common Core</a>, and conservatives and liberals increasingly are voicing similar concerns: t Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 52880 at Teacher Job Protections Vs. Students' Education In Calif. Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>To California now where a polarizing lawsuit goes to trial tomorrow. At issue, whether job protections for public school teachers undermines students' constitutional rights to an adequate education. The students and parents who filed the lawsuit say it could provide a model for challenging teacher protection laws in other states. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:41:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 52788 at The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course One year ago, many were pointing to the growth of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, as the most important trend in higher education. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 51240 at To Make Science Real, Kids Want More Fun Are American kids<strong> </strong>being adequately prepared in the sciences to compete in a highly competitive, global high-tech workforce? A majority of American parents say no, <a href="" target="_blank">according to a poll by NPR</a>, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>Nearly one-quarter of all parents said their child's school today doesn't put enough emphasis on science curricula. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:04:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 50311 at Parents Say School Security Has Increased Since Newtown Massacre Most parents of elementary school-age children say their schools boosted security following last year's <a href="">massacre</a> at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to a poll from NPR in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>The poll was the <a href="">first national survey</a> since the <a href=" Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:11:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 50110 at These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes It's lunchtime at Oakland High School in Oakland, Calif., and that means fence hoppers. Several kids wear mischievous grins as they speedily scale a 12-foot-high metal perimeter.<p>In theory, anyway, Oakland High is a "closed campus." That's done in the interest of safety and security and to cut down on school-skipping. It means kids can't leave during school hours without parental consent, especially at lunchtime. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:24:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 49426 at