Class Struggle: Jay Mathews


Posted at 08:54 PM ET, 07/11/2012

Private schools leader vs. me

I wrote that private schools wrongly hide vital data. The head of a large private school association says I am wrong.

By Jay Mathews  |  08:54 PM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Mathews debates National Association of Independent Schools president Patrick Bassett, do private schools hide data?, Bassett says it is wrong to rank schools

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Admissions 101: What are the new hidden gems for summer college visits?

Ten years ago, I created a list of 100 colleges that deserve bigger reputations. It proved popular, but now it’s time for an update.

By Jay Mathews  |  02:00 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Mathews' list of 100 colleges that are better than you think, Mathews invites readers to suggest new hidden gem colleges, a guide for families doing summer college visits, in 2003 Elon, Earlham and Clark topped the list

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 05/24/2012

Schools with many APs but few passing

I created a special category of schools with many AP tests but low passing rates. Are they getting better?

By Jay Mathews  |  05:00 AM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  high schools with many Advanced Placement tests but low passing rates, Jay Mathews' Catching Up Schools list, after four years a few have raised their rates, several are backsliding, Crossland High School, SEED school, good example of Thurgood Marshall Public Charter School

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 12/23/2009

What are you doing here? Go be Christmasy.

You will also find a new Friday column as usual here on Christmas day. It is exclusive to the Web site. I can do pretty much what I want with it. My editors seem to worry less about it since it doesn't appear in print, an old-fashioned view, but there it is.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:00 PM ET, 12/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extra Credit | Tags:  Christmas Eve, Jay Mathews is a dork, No Local Living column, family oriented editors

Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 08/18/2009

U.S. vs. China: Thoughtful Chinese Author Says U.S. Schools are Better

In my debates with American high-tech entrepreneur Bob Compton, I argue that U.S. schools are way ahead of the Chinese, and likely to stay there, at least in the production of creative, job-producing go-getters like Bob. Bob says I...

By Jay Mathews  |  06:54 PM ET, 08/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. vs. China; Jay Mathews; Bob Compton; global competition;

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 07/23/2009

Jay on the Web: Joy and Equality in Public Education

Houston high school teacher, Jesse Alred, of the Examiner, wrote an interesting analysis of one of Jay Mathews' columns about balancing hard work with play and injecting more joy into the classroom. Alred agrees with Mathews on "the joy factor,"...

By Sarah Mimms  |  02:01 PM ET, 07/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Jay Mathews, charter schools, equality, public education

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 07/07/2009

Admissions 101: Are Low Grades in AP/IB Classes Better than High Grades in Regular Classes?

A few weeks ago, Jay Mathews asked readers a tough question in his Admissions 101 - which is better: an A or B in a regular course or a C in a more challenging course like an AP or IB class? Jay sided with AP, saying that all students interested in tier 1 or tier 2 schools should take at least 2 AP or IB courses. Even if that means a C on a high school transcript, Jay argued, colleges will appreciate a student who is willing to take on a challenge. Reader reactions have been pouring in ever since:

By Sarah Mimms  |  11:12 AM ET, 07/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions 101 | Tags:  AP Advanced Placement International Baccalaureate IB, Admissions 101, Jay Mathews

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 06/15/2009

Grading the Column's First Year

Summer arrives in a few days, so this will be the last Schools & Learning page until August. I am not happy about that. It's shameful to admit, but this column is both my occupation and my favorite recreation....

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:09 PM ET, 06/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro Monday | Tags:  Jay Mathews