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Construction Industry Missing Key Tool: Skilled Workers

Construction is booming once again in the Gulf Coast, Midwest and Rocky Mountain states. But there are about 20 percent fewer skilled workers in construction than there were in 2008.

Play Doesn't End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too

Play among children is vital for their social development. So what's in it for adults?

Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain

Children learn their most important lessons on the playground, not in the classroom, researchers say.

When Kids Start Playing To Win

And, what the adults in their lives should do about it.

Where The Wild Things Play

What makes a great adventure playground? Among other things, lots of freedom, stuff to build ... and a zip line.

Forgoing School To Pay The Bills

In one predominantly Latino neighborhood outside of Washington, D.C., young people are working instead of going to school at four times the national average.

In Louisville, Ky., Minecraft Teaches Math

The Common Core standards have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look like in a classroom? The NPR Ed team continues its summer series from a fifth-grade math lesson.

Debunking Common Myths About The Common Core

Many people don't realize it's a set of standards, not a curriculum. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with education reporter Cory Turner about other misconceptions about the Common Core standards.

'You Don't Really Know Us,' Chicago Kids Tell News Media

Tired of bad publicity, fifth-graders write an op-ed for The Chicago Tribune that includes this line: "This isn't Chi-raq. This is home. This is us."

Postcards From The Common Core Classroom

The Common Core State Standards mean big changes in classrooms across the country. This... is the sound of that change.