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Class Struggle: February 22, 2009 - February 28, 2009

Will Depth Replace Breadth in Schools?

If our nation’s high school teachers had $20 for every time they had to endure the Depth vs. Breadth debate, they all would have retired to mansions in West Palm Beach. The debate goes like this: Should they focus on...

By Washington Post editors  |  February 27, 2009; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Trends  
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Extra Credit: Don't Count on College Credits For AP, IB Courses

Dear Extra Credit: Why take International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement courses? This topic has been and will continue to be debated for a long time. The ideal reason would be to take challenging courses. As a former AP teacher, present-day...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 26, 2009; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Extra Credit  
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A KIPP Response

One of my recent posts on Class Struggle, "Creative Leaders' Will to Succeed Is Key to KIPP," received many great reader comments. In response, I would like to offer some extended thoughts. The attrition rate for full size KIPP middle...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 25, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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On the Web: Jay's Book, KIPP Thoughts

Here's what other people are saying about Jay Mathews this week: Innovating from the Bottom-Up: I'm into page 107 of Jay Mathews' book which chronicles the experience of two young teachers - Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin - who've transformed...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 25, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  
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Talk: Do Students Regret Early Decisions?

There is a study out, mostly based on interviews as far as I can tell, suggesting that many students who lock themselves into early decision applications, later regret their decision. They wish they had more choices. I am wondering if...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 24, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Admissions 101  
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Creative Leaders' Will to Succeed Is Key to KIPP

Jaime Escalante, the man who taught me the power of great teaching, had a Spanish word he used often in his East Los Angeles math classes: ganas. It meant the will to succeed, the urge to make an extra effort....

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 23, 2009; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Metro Monday  
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