The Answer Sheet: high school

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 10/06/2013

Is Fairfax's new sleep-in program for some students fair?

With research proving teens have different sleep rhythms, why can't all high schools start school later?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:12 PM ET, 10/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teens and sleep, When Should High School Start?

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 01/29/2011

Study: Most high school biology teachers don’t endorse evolution

The central theory of biology is evolution yet a new study shows that most high school biology teachers are reluctant to endorse it in class.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:07 PM ET, 01/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Science, Science | Tags:  biology, biology teachers, charles darwin, creationism, darwin, evolution, evolutionary biology, high school biology, high school science, intelligent design, study on evolution

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/14/2011

Math class: What’s the right order?

In what order should students take math? Should Geometry come before or after Algebra II? Here are some of the ways schools around the country are experimenting.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Math | Tags:  STEM, algebra 1, algebra 2, algebra II, calculus, geometry, high school, high school math, math classes, order of math class, pre-caculus

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/09/2011

Banned student play will go on!

A student-written play about school reform in New York that was banned by two school principals because it was critical of former chancellor Joel Klein will now be allowed to be performed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arts Education, Arts Education | Tags:  antigone, banned play, jamaica high school, principals reverse decision, student play

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 12/15/2010

What Rhee wrought

Anyone who thinks that Michelle Rhee was a whiz as chancellor of D.C. public schools and should be heading a national "reform" movement ought to read about a high school she attempted to “transform” in the nation’s capital.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:25 PM ET, 12/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, D.C. Schools, D.C. Schools | Tags:  d.c. schools, dunbar, dunbar high, dunbar high school, friends of bedford, michelle rhee, rhee, school reform, school transformation, transformation schools

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/23/2010

A new mess at Central Falls High in Rhode Island

Things aren’t going well at Central Falls High, the Rhode Island school that became famous last spring when all of the teachers were fired and President Obama praised the “accountability” move.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform | Tags:  arne duncan, central falls, central falls high school, president obama, school reform, school transformation, school turnaround, teachers

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/03/2010

Why so many bright kids fail to launch in college

Nationwide, there is a large and growing group of bright kids whose brains aren’t wired right for a demanding college routine. The strategies and supports that worked in high school when they were living at home are not adequate to the new demands that college places on the executive functions of the brain.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education, Higher Education | Tags:  SAT scores, add, adhd, college dropouts, college freshmen, college graduation, college work, executive functioning, graduation rates, high school, higher education, landmark college, learning disabilities

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/09/2010

Shakespeare unseated as king of high school theater

William Shakespeare has been knocked off his throne as king of dramatic high school theater productions for the first time since an annual survey began in 1937 -- and you may be surprised by who overtook him. Dramatics magazine has...

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arts Education | Tags:  almost maine, beauty and the beast, dramatics, footloose, high school theater, high school theater productions, john cariani, midsummer night's dream, shakespeare, shakespeare plays, theater, theater productions, theater survey, top 10 musicals, top 10 plays

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/14/2010

Obama picked wrong school to give speech

The Philadelphia school chosen for President Obama’s second annual “back to school” speech to students around the country is consistently ranked as a great public college-preparatory institution. That’s why he should have picked a different school to visit.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform | Tags:  central falls high school, elliott school, obama and back to school, obama and back to school speech, obama and masterman school, obama and school reform, obama and speech, obama and speech and students, obama speech, president obama and back to school, president obama and school reform, restructured schools, t.c. williams, t.c. williams high school, urgent need of reform list

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/02/2010

How to help your child adapt to college life

An expert in first-year student transitions gives advice for parents to help their child freshman successfully make the transition from high school to college. The tips, in fact, are useful for all college students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Life, College Life | Tags:  adapting to college, college freshmen, es a, first-year experience, transition and high school and college

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/19/2010

Russo: The willy-nilly nature of teacher layoffs

Alexander Russo writes about the case of a highly certified, tenured teacher who is being laid off.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  alexander russo, chicago schools, little village high school, teachers and layoffs

Posted at 12:06 AM ET, 07/23/2010

From a list of ideas to an 11,200-word essay

In this letter a high school student details how he wrote a scholarly history paper that was published and what he learned from the experience.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:06 AM ET, 07/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History | Tags:  concord review, history, how to write a research paper, walter johnson high school, writing research papers

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 07/16/2010

The education of 'Twilight's' Edward Cullen

Someone has to correct an error made (in another publication) about Edward Cullen's education. That someone is going to be me.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:46 PM ET, 07/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Literature | Tags:  edward cullen and college, edward cullen and high school, edward cullen and medical degrees, edward cullen and school, gail collins and palin, gail collins and the bad news bears, levi and bristol, levi johnston and bristol palin, robert pattinson and edward cullen, twilight, where did edward cullen go to school

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 06/18/2010

Student newspapers destroyed after editorial upsets P.E. teachers

This sounds like a parody of a high school, but it really happened at Albemarle High School in Virginia.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:56 PM ET, 06/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  High School | Tags:  The Revolution, albemarle high school, student editorial on athletes, student newspapers destroyed

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 06/12/2010

New controversy at Rhode Island school

One of the two newly named principals at the Rhode Island school were all the teachers were fired and then rehired had on his resumé a serious exaggeration of student achievement in math at his former school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 06/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Teachers | Tags:  central falls high school, central falls school, obama and central falls, rhode island school, teachers fired, teachers rehired at rhode island school

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 06/01/2010

School graduations in church ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge rules that a Connecticut school system’s practice of holding high school graduation ceremonies in a Christian church is unconstitutional and that a different venue must be found.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 06/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  High School | Tags:  commencement and church, enfield graduation, enfield high school and graduation, enfield schools, federal judge rules on graduation in church, fermi high school and graduation, graduation and church and unconstitutional, graduation and establishment clause, graduation in church, judge declares graduation in church unconstitutional, judge janet hall, judge janet hall and schools, judge rules about graduation, ruling on graduation in church

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 05/26/2010

When teens get too affectionate at school

Maybe it’s the advent of spring, or the promise of prom, but more students are engaging in public displays of affection at school--and it isn’t only the adults in the building who are getting embarrassed and annoyed. Kids are complaining that their friends are grossing them out. Where should the line be drawn?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 05/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health, Health | Tags:  PDA and high school, PDA policies, PDA policies and school, PDAs at school, ban on hugs, high school bans PDA, middle school bans hugs, public displays of affection

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 05/17/2010

Why Obama, Duncan should have kept quiet about Rhode Island teachers

Lo and behold, several months after every teacher at a low-performing Rhode Island high school was fired so the school could get a fresh start, and after Education Secretary Arne Duncan praised the firings as an act of “courage,” and after President Obama declared that the firings showed a “sense of accountability,” well, after all of that, the teachers have been rehired.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 05/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  No Child Left Behind, No Child Left Behind | Tags:  central falls high school, central falls teachers, rhode island teachers rehired, teachers and rhode island, teachers fired in rhode island, teachers rehired

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 05/16/2010

Tentative agreement reached on Rhode Island teachers

The teachers at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island who were all recently fired may get to keep their jobs after all. A tentative agreement has been reached between the teachers union and school district officials and will be voted on tomorrow.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:52 PM ET, 05/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Teachers | Tags:  central falls high school, deal in central falls, president obama and central falls, teachers and central falls

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 05/12/2010

Should Breathalyzers be used at proms?

More and more high schools across the country are turning to Breathalyzers or similar devices to test kids to see if they have been drinking before they can enter the school prom. The real question is whether they stop young people from drinking.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:14 PM ET, 05/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  High School | Tags:  alcohol and proms, breathalyzers at dances, breathalyzers at proms, high school proms, proms and alcohol, should kids be tested for alchol, testing kids for alcohol, testing students for alcohol

Posted at 09:04 PM ET, 05/04/2010

Michigan high school wins Obama; five others get consolation prize

Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan is the big winner in a contest that offered as its prize a commencement speech by President Obama, and five other finalists won't walk away empty-handed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:04 PM ET, 05/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  High School, High School | Tags:  Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo school wins contest, President Obama, Race to the Top, commencement speech and Obama, high school

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/01/2010

Should high schools eliminate honors at graduation?

A high school student writes that high school graduations should honor all students equally, and that icons on programs and honor cords should be eliminated.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  High School | Tags:  Catonsville High School, awards ceremony, graduation ceremonies, graduation honors, high school graduation, honors awards ceremony

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/30/2010

It's senior prank season

Senior prank season is upon us and already some kids are in big trouble.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 04/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  High School | Tags:  graduating seniors, high school, high school and pranks, senior pranks, seniors and pranks

Posted at 06:20 AM ET, 04/26/2010

Vote on Obama's commencement speech contest

Starting today the public can rate the six public schools named as finalists in a White House competition that offers up President Obama as the prize. Obama will give the commencement speech at the winning school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:20 AM ET, 04/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Race to the Top | Tags:  Blue Valley Northwest High School, Clark Montessori, Denver School of Science and Technology, Environmental Charter high School, High School Commencement Challenge, Kalamazoo Central High school, MAST Academy, Obama and high schools, Obama gives commencement, Race to the Top, Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 04/21/2010

Student: Do, kids, teachers on Facebook really want privacy?

A high school student writes about just how much privacy kids and teacher on Facebook really want.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:00 PM ET, 04/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Student Life, Student Life | Tags:  Facebook privacy, Facebook privacy changes, bishop mcnamara high school, teachers on facebook

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 04/15/2010

Sexting scandal at Montgomery County schools

Some female students at Pyle Middle School and Whitman High School in Montgomery County willingly posed for inappropriate pictures and some students sold and bought access to the pictures and videos, resulting in a police investigation, according to a letter sent home to students today.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:45 PM ET, 04/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Montgomery County Public Schools | Tags:  Montgomery County public schools, Pyle Middle School, Whitman High school, police and pyle, police investigate sexting, sexting, sexting and Pyle, sexting and schools, whitman and sexting

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/23/2010

One teacher’s cure for senioritis

An award-winning high school teacher in Virginia has come up with a cure for senioritis, that "crippling disease" that affects high school seniors in a big way from now until graduation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  High School, High School | Tags:  high school, senioritis

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 03/06/2010

The link between counselors and kids going to college

A new study tells us what high school counselors already know: They are overworked and lots of kids are left to their own devices. Now it's time to stop spending money on reports that tell us what we already know and use it hire and train more counselors.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 03/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Admissions, College Admissions | Tags:  high school counselors

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 03/04/2010

Don't send grade hackers to jail

The criminal code of Maryland says that computer hackers can go to jail for several years. Should Churchill High School students who hacked into the school's computer system to change grades go to jail or face some other kind of punishment?

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:10 AM ET, 03/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Montgomery County Public Schools | Tags:  churchill high school, computer hackers, criminal investigation, student hackers

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 12/02/2009

School closes bathrooms because of security shortage

In the category of “it makes you wonder,” the student newspaper at Montgomery-Blair High School reports that bathrooms on the second and third floors are now being locked during lunch. Why? The school has a security shortage and couldn’t figure out a better way to deal with it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:51 AM ET, 12/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  High School, High School | Tags:  Montgomery Blair High School, Montgomery County Public Schools, high school

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 10/28/2009

Should student drama productions be restricted to PG themes?

You would think people have better things to fight about, but across the nation people are arguing--and even going to court--over high school plays. Yes, the drama productions that high school kids stage for other high school kids.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 10/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arts Education, Arts Education | Tags:  censorship, high school plays

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 10/19/2009

The Best High School in America?

A reader asked if Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Va., is, in fact, “America’s best high school.” It says so on the cover of Washingtonian magazine’s October issue. The answer: For whom is it the best?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 10/19/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  High School | Tags:  Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, high school rankings