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The mess in Arlington schools (and how to fix it)

The abrupt resignation of an Arlington middle school principal and the letter she released spelling out her grievances with the district’s superintendent has left the system in something of a mess - and nobody is looking too good at the moment.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 3, 2011; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Educational leadership, Middle School  | Tags:  arlington public schools, arlington schools, kathy francis, patrick k. murphy, principal fired, principal letter; arlington schools, principal quits, supt. murphy, williamsburg middle school  
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A guide to help you advocate for your child

Here's a new guide for parents to help them advocate for their child's education, as well as for education advocates and policymakers.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 9, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Parents  | Tags:  education advocacy  
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Should kids take physical ed every day?

I don’t quite understand how anybody can argue that young people should not be taking a well-designed physical education class every day in school. Yet that’s what’s happening now that two D.C. Council members have submitted a Healthy Schools Act that calls for, among other things, 30 minutes of physical education a day for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade and 45 minutes a day for sixth- through eighth-graders. The bill’s sponsors have been criticized by some, including my colleague Jay Mathews, who say that there isn’t enough time in the D.C. school day now to teach reading, writing, arithmetic, science, etc. Forcing schools to offer physical education would be, they say, a distraction. They are wrong.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 4, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, Health, High School, Middle School  | Tags:  health, physical education  
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Take The Sheet's 2009 Education Quiz

Happy and healthy new year to all of you ... and now let’s start off the new decade with, appropriately for an education blog, a quiz. I thought about doing one of those top 10 education story of the year or decade lists, but realized it would be repetitive: Budget cuts hurt K-12; budget cuts squeeze community colleges big-time; budget cuts and endowment losses bring pain to colleges and universities ... etc. A quiz sounded more fun. Here are some unusual education stories you may not have read in 2009. Take a look and guess from where they came. Where, for example, did a university professor try to teach math to middle school students but give up after two months because the kids were so unruly? Where did a teacher accidentally put pornography on a DVD of school memories? What books were more challenged?

By Valerie Strauss  | January 1, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  High School, Higher Education, Learning, Middle School, Reading, Teachers  | Tags:  The Education Quiz  
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Turn Middle School Into ‘Boot Camp for Life'

As a longtime education reporter I have visited many middle and junior high schools--and I often wonder if we are subjecting the kids trapped inside to cruel and unusual punishment. The developmental profile of these students--from age 11 to 14--is...

By Valerie Strauss  | September 2, 2009; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Middle School  | Tags:  adolescents, community service, developmental issues, middle school  
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