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Class Struggle: September, 2012

Posted at 09:53 PM ET, 09/29/2012

School reform at odds with itself

Why are the leaders of education reform so contradictory?

By Jay Mathews  |  09:53 PM ET, 09/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 09/27/2012

Time to retire the SAT

America’s scariest test should give way to something that helps prepare students for college.

By Jay Mathews  |  11:47 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 09/26/2012

Why NOT to admire Asian schools

They get a lot of work out of their students, but the teaching leaves much to be desired, students say.

By Jay Mathews  |  01:52 PM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 09/23/2012

D.C. schools’ test-score fantasyland

The D.C. schools have adopted ridiculous test-score targets for their worst schools. I can’t understand why.

By Jay Mathews  |  02:42 PM ET, 09/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 PM ET, 09/19/2012

KIPP gains survive new scrutiny, with a footnote

A new analysis of the nation’s best-performing charter network confirms its success, but says it may get a small bump from good students arriving in later grades.

By Jay Mathews  |  11:11 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 09/16/2012

Two-year college students deserve more respect

UCLA scholar Mike Rose, an expert on remedial education, reveals all the wrong ways we think about community college students in his new book, “Back to School.”

By Jay Mathews  |  04:07 PM ET, 09/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/13/2012

Forget rating teachers. Think Grit 101.

The striking teachers of Chicago might as well give up fighting the plan to rate them based on student performance. It is a weak reform and won’t last long. Instead welcome the future of powerful new character education as examined by author Paul Tough.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Lasting mystery of suspended Falls Church teacher

Why was popular special education teacher Jamie Lahy told to pack up his desk and go home in February 2011?

By Jay Mathews  |  04:22 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 09/09/2012

How a Georgia school’s cheating probe differed from the District’s

Two elementary schools, one in the District and one in Atlanta, showed strong indications of test tampering. The response by the school systems was very different.

By Jay Mathews  |  01:26 PM ET, 09/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/06/2012

Let’s get rid of high school substitutes

Short-term substitutes cost money and, through no fault of their own, don’t add much to a student’s day. Give that time back to students.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 AM ET, 09/05/2012

Admissions 101: Where first school kids go to college

Sidwell Friends is such a good school the president’s kids go there. They should all get into their first choice college, some Ivy League place, right? Not so.

By Jay Mathews  |  03:55 AM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 09/02/2012

Our ignorance of learning disabilities

I don’t write much about special education, so I think I should take some of the blame for the results of a remarkable new survey of views on learning disabilities.

By Jay Mathews  |  03:54 PM ET, 09/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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