Class Struggle: classes

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 07/18/2012

A cure for bad teaching of writing

Many teachers don’t understand good writing. Those who do lack the time to teach it. Here is a way to fix that — courses that give teachers time to edit in the student’s presence.

By Jay Mathews  |  03:12 PM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  why teaching of writing is bad, how to fix the teaching of writing, many teachers don't recognize good writing, those that do don't have time to teach it, create classes that just edit student work

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 10/31/2010

Outrage at banning spelling tests

J. Martin Rochester,, Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is our guest columnist. He is a close student of the evolution of American education practices, and often warns of the deterioration of standards.

By Jay Mathews  |  06:00 PM ET, 10/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Trends | Tags:  J. Martin Rochester, better to learn to spell naturally while writing, spelling tests banned, this means dumbing down English classes.

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 09/22/2010

Why grade-skipping should be back in fashion

I have seen no data to confirm this, but it seems to me that schools rarely consider skipping students ahead anymore. I have talked to Washington area administrators about this. They are uncomfortable with the approach. They think students who are above grade level learn better--with some extras thrown in--if they stick with kids their age.

By Jay Mathews  |  08:00 PM ET, 09/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Living | Tags:  Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa, Gifted Exchange blog, Zumi Elementary School, acceleration better than gifted education classes, grade skipping, grade skipping less common than before

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 07/13/2009

Metro Monday: Should High Schools Bar Average Students From College-Level Courses and Tests?

Fifteen years ago, when I discovered that many good high schools prevented average students from taking demanding courses, I thought it was a fluke, a mistake that would soon be rectified. I had spent much time inside schools that...

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:44 PM ET, 07/13/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro Monday | Tags:  Advanced Placement, Cambridge, International Baccalaureate, classes, high school

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 04/13/2009

Accelerated Math Challenge, For a Student and Her Mom

Anne McCracken Ehlers's third-grade daughter was not doing well in accelerated fourth-grade math at Whetstone Elementary School in Gaithersburg. Becca was spending far too long on her assignments. She was confused. She was unhappy. Ehlers is a teacher herself, in...

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:11 AM ET, 04/13/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro Monday | Tags:  Accelerated Math, Advanced Classes