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Class Struggle: March, 2012

Posted at 10:27 PM ET, 03/31/2012

Clumsy teaching happens even in great schools

The big reaction to my column about teachers not helping a bright but disabled child in Prince George’s County shows this is a problem for every district.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:27 PM ET, 03/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Great but irritating D.C. teacher forced to retire

Erich Martel spent 40 years as a teacher, compiling at great record in D.C. in Advanced Placement U.S. history. But he also exposed many rule violations and embarrassed principals. Finally he has been forced to retire. Is this a loss that could have been prevented?

By Jay Mathews  |  02:53 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Admissions 101: What are you getting out of the last-chance April college visits?

Hundreds of thousands of high school seniors will be showing up for April college visits next month. We need to help them decide what to do while they are there.

By Jay Mathews  |  11:43 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions 101 | Tags:  higher education, admissions 101

Posted at 08:26 PM ET, 03/23/2012

D.C. test tampering hurting teachers, poisoning schools

COLUMN | D.C. school officials are ignoring possibly tainted, inflated test scores at Davis Elementary.

By Jay Mathews  |  08:26 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Admissions 101: Ban parents from final college visits

Why mess up your April visits to the campuses that have accepted you by having all those parents there?

By Jay Mathews  |  11:36 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions 101 | Tags:  higher educaiton, admissions 101

Posted at 10:40 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Too much college? History suggests otherwise.

When the G.I. Bill passed in the 1940s, many commentators said it would not work. Not that many people needed to go to college, they said. That proved very wrong, and similar thoughts today may be equally short-sighted.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:40 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Admissions 101: Do you prefer college acceptances and rejections be done by Web site or envelope?

At the end of this month, college acceptance and rejection notices go out. If you had the choice, would you prefer to hear by Web site or envelope?

By Jay Mathews  |  11:42 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions 101 | Tags:  admissions 101, Higher Education, Colleges

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/10/2012

Prince George’s parent upset by school’s handling of disabled child

Tracy Thompson says Heather Hills Elementary School did not help her daughter, who has ADHD, secure her homework materials daily, as many schools do with such children.

By Jay Mathews  |  12:54 PM ET, 03/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Peterson’s latest: Thrilling or galling?

Take a look at Paul E. Peterson’s latest piece in Education Next. It will thrill you or enrage you, but what better way to start your day?

By Jay Mathews  |  11:44 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Admissions 101: AP takes step toward International Baccalaureate-like credential

Will this help our schools and the college preparation process?

By Jay Mathews  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions 101 | Tags:  admissions 101

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/04/2012

AP college arms race: how to survive

I once said with confidence that you don’t need more than five AP courses to look good to colleges. That is no longer true for many students in many schools. Here is how to gauge your competition and do enough AP not to go crazy.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/01/2012

New standards may kill desire to rate teachers by test scores

One thing not often mentioned in commentary about the Common Core standards going nationwide is that they could stop the movement to rate teachers by their students scores. New standards mean new tests, and a halt to test comparisons at least for a while.

By Jay Mathews  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Can D.C. handle gifted education?

The District has not had much of a gifted education program, but next school year that will change. A new program of gifted education for all will start in two middle schools, and a new D.C. charter will unveil the most challenging program ever seen in the region.

By Jay Mathews  |  02:13 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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