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Class Struggle: March 1, 2009 - March 7, 2009

Answering Your Questions: 20 Ways AP is Bad--Not!

The vigorous, but respectful, clash of comments in response to my Class Struggle column today, "20 Ways AP is Bad--Not!", pleases me because it mirrors the relationship Bruce Hammond of the Independent Curriculum Group and I have had as...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  March 6, 2009; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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20 Ways AP is Bad — Not!

Bruce G. Hammond, a well-regarded educator and former Advanced Placement teacher, is at it again. His organization, Excellence Without AP, has changed its name to the Independent Curriculum Group (ICG). Hammond, based in Charlottesville, is the executive director. The group’s...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 6, 2009; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Check Your Assumptions at the Home-School Door

Dear Extra Credit: Did you purposefully misrepresent Daneen Smedile's letter of Jan. 15? Her letter addressed how she got over the guilt of sending her son to school instead of educating him at home. Your choice of headline tarnished her...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 5, 2009; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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On the Web: Reaction to Class Size Debate

Joanne Jacobs: Hiring (and supporting) better teachers is more important than keeping classes small, argues Jay Mathews on his Washington Post blog...High-quality schools in low-income neighborhoods typically focus on improving instruction, not on offering small classes. Classes small enough to...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 4, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Talk: Are Legacy Admits Happy?

I am reading an interesting new book from Princeton University Press: "Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities" by four careful scholars. It is about the barriers to selective college admission for...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 3, 2009; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Better Teachers, Not Tinier Classes, Should Be Goal

Here and in the rest of the country, school superintendents who have been forced to raise class size hope they can reduce the number of students per class when budget troubles ease. Having seen many successful large classes and many...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 2, 2009; 6:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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