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Class Struggle: February 15, 2009 - February 21, 2009

Trends: Banging on the PK-16 Pipeline

Why am I so ill-tempered when I read a sensible report like “Bridging the Gap: How to Strengthen the Pk-16 Pipeline to Improve College Readiness”? The authors, Ulrich Boser and Stephen Burd, know their stuff. The sponsoring organization, New...

By Washington Post editors  |  February 20, 2009; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Extra Credit: Are Older Teachers Too Jaded to Be Effective?

Dear Extra Credit: I read the tribute to Michael and Virginia Spevak, a murdered couple, in the Dec. 1 Metro section, in which your column on the new principal at Shaw Middle School at Garnet-Patterson ["New D.C. Principal, Hand-Picked Team...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 19, 2009; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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On the Web: Shouts for Schools' Value

Here's what other people are saying about Jay Mathews this week: themorechild.com: I must give credit where credit is due, and give a positive shout out to Jay Mathews for yesterday’s column, “Boosting Schools’ Value Without Spending a Dime.” He...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 18, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  
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Admissions 101: Dealing With the College Drinking Culture

I think the weekend binge culture is one of the worst things about American higher education. I have no clue what to do about it, but would love some ideas. Has anyone found a college that has made strides in...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 18, 2009; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Admissions 101  
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Boosting Schools' Value Without Spending a Dime

As happens in every recession, Washington area school systems are cutting back. It's depressing. Here's an antidote: Harness the creativity of educators, parents and students to improve our schools without more spending. Some teachers I trust helped me come up...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 16, 2009; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Metro Monday  
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