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Class Struggle: May, 2011

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 05/31/2011

School choice debate vs. reality

By Jay Mathews  |  07:07 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 05/29/2011

Why not honors courses for all?

Fairfax County parents are fighting to save the three track system in high school— basic, honors and AP.

By Jay Mathews  |  03:12 PM ET, 05/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:12 PM ET, 05/25/2011

Catching up on national high school ranks

Here is my personal guide to sometimes overlooked but important parts of the Post’s new package of ranked high school lists, national and local. If you want to beat me in a debate over the ranks, you need to read this.

By Jay Mathews  |  08:12 PM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:22 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Challenge Index’s unabridged methodology

By Jay Mathews  |  09:22 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 05/22/2011

Confessions of a school ranker

If you are a successful actor, businessman or novelist, you are likely to be famous. If you are a successful school, forget about it. That’s why most people have never heard of the two schools at the top of The Washington Post’s High School Challenge 2011 rankings of U.S. high schools.

By Jay Mathews  |  06:31 PM ET, 05/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 05/18/2011

New national high school rankings appear Friday

By Jay Mathews  |  05:54 PM ET, 05/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 05/15/2011

Closing more bad charters sooner

The Ideal Public Charter High School in D.C. never had much of a record of accomplishment, but it is still here six years later. Couldn’t we close bad charters faster than that?

By Jay Mathews  |  02:37 PM ET, 05/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 05/12/2011

Bias against rigor in urban schools

The unexpected opposition from the staff of the D.C. Public Charter School Board to a plan for a tough, AP-loaded school in the District suggests that the general discomfort with rigorous programs in public education is even worse than I thought.

By Jay Mathews  |  12:13 PM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 05/12/2011

Turn parents into school reviewers

Communication between schools and parents is often just one way. The schools tell the parents what do to, and they do it.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:52 AM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 05/10/2011

Great common standards battle: ho-hum

The new common standards so popular with the nation’s governors have been attacked in a manifesto by more than 100 education leaders. It sounds dramatic, but it’s not. The standards are not going to change what is going on in the classroom.

By Jay Mathews  |  06:53 PM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 PM ET, 05/08/2011

Who says I’m an over-involved dad?

Many parents like me worry that we might be helping our children too much with their schoolwork. That’s bunk. If we know something they ought to know, we should teach it to them. Schools that don’t like that are getting in the way of learning.

By Jay Mathews  |  11:19 PM ET, 05/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 05/05/2011

Community colleges wasting student time and money

Community colleges are designed to give students without the money or grades good enough for four-year college a chance to start higher education anyway. But a new study shows that many of them are shunted into remedial courses that do them no good.

By Jay Mathews  |  11:26 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 05/03/2011

How to unite us squabbling education wonks

Can the various factions in the national debate over schools ever get together? A new book by Ron Wolk, who created Education Week, and then went on to chair the board of a new group of high schools, points the way.

By Jay Mathews  |  07:32 PM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 05/01/2011

Why America’s best school may be no better than yours

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is the most selective high school in the country, as far as I can determine, but I think many students who don’t go there get educations just as good. A Jefferson grad tells me why I am wrong.

By Jay Mathews  |  06:43 PM ET, 05/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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