Latest from Jay Mathews

How much harm comes from taking AP exams during a pandemic?

Leading educator calls the tough tests traumatic. I say they’re motivating.
  • May 8, 2021

Virginia allies with, then backs away from, controversial math anti-tracking movement

Parents decry the idea of putting all students in the same level math classes.
  • May 1, 2021

So you’re bummed because your favorite college said no. Read this.

Retired counselor unearths data showing top schools aren’t necessarily better.
  • Apr 24, 2021

Why our many big plans to raise education standards will never work

It might be better to do it one student at a time, a new book says.
  • Apr 17, 2021

Is Congress falling for scheme to ruin civics and history classes?

Patriotic scholars differ. I think Americans just don’t like civics.
  • Apr 10, 2021

Project-based learning confronts students with uncertainty. Finally.

How to make a solar cooker out of a cardboard box.
  • Apr 3, 2021

Is America’s most selective high school getting better or worse?

I say it’s reaching more students. Concerned dad says it’s dumbing itself down
  • Mar 27, 2021

We must dump marginal learning standards and other annoyances in return to classrooms

Schools need a reality check on what should be taught.
  • Mar 20, 2021

Why teachers will save our schools from pandemic’s ravages

The best of them have led waves of school improvement.
  • Mar 13, 2021

Feeling the stress of tests is sometimes a useful exercise

Our confused view of bad and good stress in schools.
  • Mar 6, 2021