Latest from Jay Mathews

Stuff your 5,000-word limit! Students dare to write longer history papers.

Given such passion, why do high schools almost never encourage big writing projects?
  • Oct 17, 2021

Reading war dispatch: Kids need big phonics books they can afford

Some have price tags as high as $100. An experienced tutor asks why we can’t make them free.
  • Oct 10, 2021

Gifted programs can slight minorities and don’t accelerate kids. So why have them?

A study of gifted programs in Ohio indicates many smart poor or Black children are unlikely to benefit.
  • Oct 3, 2021

Author of teacher bestsellers warns against flawed social justice concepts

With 1.3 million copies in print, Doug Lemov defends intense classroom rules
  • Sep 26, 2021

How to teach about race: One way is to have kids talk to each other in class

An expert says it works, but I suspect some parents will object
  • Sep 19, 2021

Cure for loss of SAT/ACT tests: Stop banning high school kids from college courses

We’ll improve college readiness if we let everyone take AP or IB.
  • Sep 12, 2021

How to fight big universities that stomp on your local college credits

A community college expert exposes lies and weakness in the transfer process.
  • Sep 5, 2021

Our most dazzling self-taught students may find college admission difficult

Comedy legends Nichols and May met because they thought only one school would have them
  • Aug 29, 2021

Schools should use substitute teachers much less, says veteran sub

Why do teachers need to miss class for labor negotiations or golf team trips?
  • Aug 22, 2021

She refused to start a charter school unless it was for D.C. kids

Twenty years later, Susan Schaeffler has 7,300 students and many ideas.
  • Aug 15, 2021