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Class Struggle: October, 2011

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 10/31/2011

IB critic versus me

Nevada parent John Eppolito explains why he feels the International Baccalaureate program is not good for U.S. schools, while I heckle from the sidelines.

By Jay Mathews and By John Eppolito  |  02:21 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Making school free through 14th grade

Kevin Carey, the king of all higher education writers, has a wild new plan to meld high school and college.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:53 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Grandpa Jay good, parent Jay bad for college search

Veteran college counselor Peter Jennings suggested recently on this blog that we involve grandparents more in the college search. I say that is not good enough. Grandparents should take over totally, which is obvious when you see how parents like me have behaved.

By Jay Mathews  |  08:53 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/27/2011

All dropout questions answered, but no solution

Russell Rumberger’s “Dropping Out” is the best book ever on that issue. But it also is the most depressing, since he makes it clear we are a long way from solving the problem.

By Jay Mathews  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/26/2011

Stephanie Black returns: How to fix teacher evaluations

Stephanie Black resigned because IMPACT, the new D.C. teacher evaluation system, and the emphasis on test scores ruined her love of her job.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/23/2011

When charter schools get too picky

I have been a big booster of public charter schools. I often tell readers they are wrong when they say charters are selective, like private schools. But I have found some instances in which charters do behave that way, wrongly, and more occasions when their high standards, the reason I like them, may alienate some parents.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Shock at revisiting my high school

Join me as I revisit the school that lost faith in the traditional way of teaching teenagers and, without much outside help, turned itself into a mecca for reformers.

By Jay Mathews  |  02:27 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Should everyone take honors classes?

The Anne Arundel County schools are going ahead with an honors-for-all plan in a slapdash way made worse by not preparing parents for the change.

By Jay Mathews  |  03:06 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Trends

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Grandparents as college admission guides

There is nothing more stressful in American life than the college admissions process. It often threatens family harmony in a big way. Veteran college counselors Peter Jennings has a suggestion: dump some of this load on grandparents like me. I say: great!

By Jay Mathews  |  11:00 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Don’t you dare not read this community college piece

You don’t want to, I know. Community colleges bore you. Make an exception just this once.

By Jay Mathews  |  04:56 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 10/14/2011

We go inside MD, VA schools

I have exciting news. We have two new blogs exposing the latest in our Virginia and Maryland schools. Check them out: Virginia Schools Insider and Maryland Schools Insider. The four reporters are fast and deep. The sum of their ages may just about equal mine.

By Jay Mathews  |  08:00 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Why gifted education misses out

A recent attack on our fixation with closing the achievement gap gave American Enterprise Institute scholar Frederick Hess much attention. He had the right point but took it too far, overlooking the weaknesses of gifted education and the untapped potential of average kids.

By Jay Mathews  |  09:30 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Poor kids still lose race despite better scores

Selective colleges worry that they are becoming too exclusive, with few students who have not grown up in middle-class or upper-class homes. Some have argued that low-income students can’t meet the academic standards, but a new study contradicts that, saying disadvantaged applicants are doing better but still can’t catch kids with more money.

By Jay Mathews  |  03:17 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions 101

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/11/2011

How evaluation spoiled teaching for her

D.C. elementary school teacher Stephanie Black loved the story of the KIPP schools, leaders of the no-excuses movement in education, but could not stand one result of that movement, the new IMPACT teacher evaluation system in D.C. Her story is worth reading.

By Jay Mathews  |  11:00 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  dc schools

Posted at 12:11 AM ET, 10/09/2011

When parents ask and schools don’t answer

The parents of Leesburg Elementary School say their principal has been unenthusiastic about some of their best ideas.

By Jay Mathews  |  12:11 AM ET, 10/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Suburban charter? Forget about it.

Several smart and energetic educators are preparing a plan for a public charter school in affluent Fairfax County. Like most such suburbs, Fairfax has resisted any such competition in the past. I expect the school board will quash this threat too, and it’s a pity.

By Jay Mathews  |  06:32 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 AM ET, 10/05/2011

‘Moneyball’ and making schools better

How a romance with statistics can mean trouble.

By John Thompson  |  02:44 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Class Struggle

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 10/02/2011

Do school superintendents matter?

Two of America’s largest and most successful school districts, Montgomery County, Md. and Fairfax County, Va., are going through changes in superintendents. Many credit the men leaving for those schools’s successes. Is that right?

By Jay Mathews  |  02:12 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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