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Class Struggle: June, 2012

Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Trying to save vocational education

Can vocational education be saved?

By Jay Mathews  |  10:25 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Admissions 101: Will uproar make U-Va. less popular?

What do you think are the likely consequences of a university looking out ofcontrol in the popular press?

By Jay Mathews  |  12:18 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 06/22/2012

D.C. keeps ignoring its test erasure scandal

A new investigation tells us nothing about why so many D.C. test sheets had wrong answers erased and right answers filled in. It might be principals, but few officials are eager to find out.

By Jay Mathews  |  06:59 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 PM ET, 06/20/2012

Quiet teacher changed a school

The teachers we hear about are usually larger than life, but quiet teachers can also have enormous impact on their schools. Take the case of Betsy Calhoon, who died suddenly this month.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:21 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  quiet teacher transformed a Fairfax County school, Betsy Calhoon, introduced low income students to challenging International Baccalaureate courses, Calhoon died June 11 of a heart attack

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 10:10 PM ET, 06/10/2012

Diversity lags at highly selective Thomas Jefferson High School

The controversy at the famous high school over a drop in freshman grades in algebra2/trigonomety exposes the lack of progress in admitting more Hispanic and black students.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:10 PM ET, 06/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  diversity lags at most selective high school in US, only 4 percent of freshmen are black or Hispanic, a figure that has not changed, MIT by comparison is 20 percent black and Hispanic, TJ freshman grades have dropped, but it is the fault of white and Asian students

 

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