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Class Struggle: December, 2011

Posted at 02:19 AM ET, 12/01/2011

My favorite adversary, Diane Ravitch

The nation’s most prominent education historian, Diane Ravitch, is having some weaknesses exposed in a piece in The New Republic. But I think it also identifies some of her strengths. She is clear and forceful, and that helps the debate.

By Jay Mathews  |  02:19 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Admissions 101: Is our tendency to choose colleges with the shiniest toys hurting efforts to improve the teaching of students?

Should we, or can we, stop being so impressed by big sparkly items like news stadiums on the college tour?

By Jay Mathews  |  12:30 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions 101

Posted at 07:24 PM ET, 11/27/2011

5 reasons for-profit colleges will survive

I don’t like for-profit colleges. I don’t think worrying about market value mixes well with good teaching. It would seem that the troubles of the Post’s corporate partner, Kaplan, have proved me right. But a new book convinces me that for-profits are here to stay, no matter what I think.

By Jay Mathews  |  07:24 PM ET, 11/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/24/2011

What made you a better writer?

When I suggested that schools dispense with old and clumsy ways of teaching writing, like the five-paragraph essay, many readers had suggestions for improvements. I want more for a column of personal tales on becoming better writers.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 11/23/2011

Haven for struggling kids

Rarely do our schools have much to offer students at the very bottom of the heap. But the Youth for Tomorrow home in Virginia has found a way to serve them.

By Jay Mathews  |  02:18 PM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 11/22/2011

Admissions 101: Do parents need special tools to hide their children's Facebook excesses?

Are such social network searches by colleges ethical?

By Jay Mathews  |  01:00 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions 101

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/20/2011

Parents denied chance to observe classroom

When a few conscientious parents applying to a school ask to observe a class for an hour, why are they told no?

By Jay Mathews  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 AM ET, 11/17/2011

Private vs. Public: No advantage

New D.C. study full of surprises.

By Jay Mathews  |  02:32 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/15/2011

Admissions 101: Are the SAT and ACT to blame for the inferiority of U.S. schools compared to those Finland, Japan, Singapore, and Shanghai?

Marc S. Tucker notes that nearly all schools in other countries share one approach to college admissions that is different from ours. They don't use machine-scored exams controlled by testing companies as the key to determining who is admitted to high-level academic institutions.

By Jay Mathews  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions 101

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/13/2011

Writing lessons? Please stop

Most writing instruction in our schools is not only bad, but kills students’ natural desire to express themselves.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/09/2011

Professor disputes anti-AP film ‘Race to Nowhere’

The documentary by Vicki Abeles has been popular throughout the country, but Mark Bauerlein of Emory University says its view of AP is not based on facts.

By Jay Mathews  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 11/08/2011

Admissions 101: Should Advanced Placement have such a tight grip on college admissions?

Readers lead the discussion on the place of the AP courses and test in college admissions.

By Jay Mathews  |  01:28 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions 101

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 11/06/2011

My high school’s surprise transformation, and what it says about education reform

Stanford education expert Linda Darling-Hammond seemed too old school for me. So how to explain the wonders she has helped perform at my alma mater?

By Jay Mathews  |  12:46 PM ET, 11/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Grab college major or lose career

We tell students just out of high school they can do anything they want to do. But two new studies show that advice may keep students from enrolling quickly in the course programs best for them, and that more sampling kills their futures.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:30 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 11/01/2011

New NAEP scores not good, but not bad either

By Jay Mathews  |  03:32 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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