FROM Tamar Lewin
Online Learning: Past, Present and Future Two years ago at Stanford, a Massive Open Online Course attracted 160,000 students. MOOC's looked like the future of higher educatio n. The Internet would make college available to millions now going without it. Traditional college professors began to fear for their jobs. New research shows that MOOC's have not lived up to their promise, with very few students completing their courses. But, with millions invested, online learning is not going away. We hear how it's changing.
President Obama Announces Executive Action on Student Loans With the President's jobs bill dead in the Senate, he's been telling audiences about smaller measures he can take on his own. Today, at the University of Colorado's campus in Denver, it was a new program to lower payments on student loans . This, he said, would give students increased economic certainty while giving our economy a must-needed boost. Tamar Lewin is higher education reporter for the New York Times .
Disney Offers Refunds to Parents of Non-Geniuses George W. Bush praised Julie Aigner-Clark for creating Baby Einstein , the supposedly "educational" DVD's for children aged zero to 2. In 2003, a study revealed that one-third of all American babies between 6 months and two years of age had at least one of the videos. Babies reportedly are transfixed, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time at all for these infants, and now the Walt Disney Company is offering refunds to parents whose kids failed to become geniuses after all. Tamar Lewin reports on education for the New York Times .
Cover-up or witch hunt?: The latest on the WH ties to Russia Less than two months into his Presidency, Donald Trump is struggling to get his agenda under way, making it harder himself with tweets that dominate public attention. Meanwhile, important questions are going unanswered: why have staff members and the Attorney General lied about contacts with Russian officials?
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."