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Class Struggle: April, 2012

Posted at 07:49 PM ET, 04/28/2012

Why are our high schools invisible?

Look at any prize announcement or obituary or other account of a person’s life and you will likely see the subject’s college mentioned. But the person’s high school does not appear. Why is that, when our high schools are far more likely to reflect our tastes and habits?

By Jay Mathews  |  07:49 PM ET, 04/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:46 AM ET, 04/26/2012

Is college too much me, too little us?

A new study says our colleges’ emphasis on individualism may be hurting students from families with no college background. Should admission letters say more about togetherness?

By Jay Mathews  |  03:46 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 04/21/2012

Online courses may make graduation too easy

Online courses that let students make up bad grades earn billions, but critics call them a scam.

By Jay Mathews  |  01:15 PM ET, 04/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Admissions 101: Will new tool help low-income students tackle admissions?

Lloyd Thacker, a strong critic of the college admissions system, has somehow allied with one of the system’s bulwarks, the College Board, to create a new tool to help kids without much support navigate the process. Take a look. Will it work?

By Jay Mathews  |  02:30 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/16/2012

Pain of college rejection reconsidered

Christina Zhang thought being rejected by Penn was the end of the world. Now, after graduating from a lower-ranked college and experiencing the working world, she sees that her teenage despair was short-sighted.

By Jay Mathews  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:59 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Big reward for your teaching strategies

You probably used, or had used on you, a classroom technique of haunting effectiveness. Tell us about it, and if we really like it, teacher Patrick Mattimore and I will give it some free publicity.

By Jay Mathews  |  12:59 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/11/2012

How to get off that college wait list

#1: Tell your parents to butt out.

By Jay Mathews  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions 101 | Tags:  higher education, admissions 101

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 04/08/2012

Congress says ‘no’ to kids seeking challenge

The most beneficial programs in America in preparing students for college, according to several studies, are Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate. And yet Congress has just sharply reduced funds for low-incomes students to participate. Why?

By Jay Mathews  |  02:46 PM ET, 04/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Why getting into Harvard is no longer an honor

You may have seen that Harvard just set a record for low undergraduate admission rate. Only 5.9 percent of applicants for the class of 2016 were accepted.

By Jay Mathews  |  01:35 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions 101 | Tags:  higher education, admissions 101


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