Class Struggle: public education


Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 12/30/2009

Why Washington area schools are the best

I remember asking seniors in an government class at T.C. Williams about the differences between them. The teacher, Jack Esformes, had put in the same class Advanced Placement students heading for college and regular students praying for the last bell. Weren’t they uncomfortable, all mixed together? They fiercely defended their pride at being one exciting class, with contributions from everyone. In their eyes, I was just another clueless visitor trying to stereotype them.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:00 PM ET, 12/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extra Credit | Tags:  Shangri-la of public education, Washington area schools, challenge in schools, school diversity

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