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Class Struggle: March 8, 2009 - March 14, 2009

Five Ways to Survive the April College Crunch

I was born in April. I used to have positive feelings about the month, notwithstanding T.S. Eliot's observation about its cruelty, although lately my birthday has become just another reminder of my rapid decline into irrelevancy and ruin. The other...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 13, 2009; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Should Student Life Trump Academics?

In his Admissions 101 discussion group, Jay asks readers: A very interesting e-mail arrived a few minutes ago from a Washington area parent. I will disguise the details, but it is a pretty common situation all around the country. She...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 12, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Admissions 101  
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Proper Grammar Is Not a Prerequisite for AP English

Dear Extra Credit: I have no children in county schools at this point, but I read Extra Credit fairly faithfully and remember debates about Advanced Placement courses and which students could be in them, should be in them or perhaps...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 12, 2009; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Extra Credit  
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Obama Thinks Big on Education

President Obama’s education speech this morning was, in my memory, the largest assemblage of smart ideas about schools ever issued by one president at one time. Everyone will have a different favorite part — performance pay models for teachers, better...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 10, 2009; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Are College Choices Too Career-Driven?

In his Admissions 101 discussion group, Jay asks readers: A former college counselor expressed concern to me about a recent query on the National Association for College Admissions Counseling listserv. A counselor was asking if anyone knew of a college...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 10, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Admissions 101  
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St. Mary's Builds New Path To College

Just before Christmas in 2000, Layla Wynn's college dreams evaporated. A philanthropist broke a promise to support higher education for her sixth-grade class. She had become a top student at Cardozo High School in the District, but her parents --...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 9, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro Monday  
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