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Class Struggle: August, 2011

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 08/30/2011

Bad ways to cut college costs

Post personal finance columnist MIchelle Singletary suggests parents avoid debt by asking their children to finish college in three years and live at home while doing it. I think that is a bad idea. It overlooks the lifetime benefits of discoveries made while wandering around campus.

By Jay Mathews  |  06:39 PM ET, 08/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 08/29/2011

Give us your ideal schools

Summer’s gone, almost. It’s time to get serious about fixing our schools.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:00 AM ET, 08/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 08/25/2011

Is teaching a natural talent?

Most Americans think it is, according to a new survey. That is an upsetting conclusion to one research psychologist.

By Jay Mathews  |  12:00 PM ET, 08/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Class Struggle

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 08/23/2011

We may have accountability wrong

Accountability is key to the way we are fixing schools. We measure what is happening and if the news is bad, the people in charge have to improve, or go. But a new study suggests ordinary people see accountability differently. They want schools that respond to them, not data.

By Jay Mathews  |  12:00 PM ET, 08/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Class Struggle

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 08/21/2011

Why Mr. Dumbhead deserves respect

Jonathan Keiler, an AP history and government teacher in Prince George’s County, Md., called himself Mr. Dumbhead at a conference presentation because he can’t reach his principal’s goal for passing the AP exams. He thinks the goal is not good policy. I think he’s right.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:00 AM ET, 08/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 AM ET, 08/18/2011

Should teachers visit student homes?

Many educators think it is rude to show up at a student’s home uninvited, but many teachers are making it work for them. A home visitor in D.C. describes how it works.

By Jay Mathews  |  02:00 AM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Class Struggle

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 08/17/2011

Let’s play ‘Pick the world’s best education nation’

California educator Bruce William Smith has invented what seems to me to be an engaging summer game---which country has the best education system?

By Jay Mathews  |  11:42 AM ET, 08/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 08/14/2011

Exclusive high schools: Who needs them?

We want our kids to go to the schools that take applicants with the highest test scores. Now a new study suggests that our kids don’t need that competitive atmosphere to do just as well.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:43 PM ET, 08/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 08/10/2011

Why parents can’t save schools

A controversy has broken out over a teachers’ union undermining the parent trigger in Connecticut.

By Jay Mathews  |  03:15 PM ET, 08/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 08/09/2011

Maybe schools shouldn’t work as teams

Peter Gwynn appeared to be an energetic and imaginative teacher, but he didn’t fit in at his high school, run by very experienced administrators who had strict rules for doing things. So he is no longer working there. Should we fire teachers because they don’t want to be part of the team?

By Jay Mathews  |  11:54 AM ET, 08/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/05/2011

Worst school reform pitches

Oklahoma teacher and writer John Thompson shares his favorite story of an idiotic school reform appeal. Can you beat his example?

By Jay Mathews  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 08/03/2011

What happened at Wilson Elementary School?

We know Wilson Elementary in D.C. had the city’s highest rate of classrooms with suspicious test erasures. We know its scores declined this year with stricter security methods. But D.C. has not released the erasure data that would help us figure this out.

By Jay Mathews  |  06:26 PM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 08/03/2011

Two principals split on teacher assessments

One principal thinks the new D.C. evaluation system works well. The other thinks it hurts her ability to keep in touch with students and teachers. Who is right?

By Jay Mathews  |  12:00 PM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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