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On the Web: Response to the Economic Stimulus, AP, More

Jay's work often spurs comment and discussion not only on this site, but elsewhere. Here's a look at some recent comment, response and more from around the Web.

From BoardBuzz:

BoardBuzz caught our friend Jay Matthews’ column in yesterday’s Washington Post, where he asks whether the stimulus money will be helping the students of America, or the adults working in school districts. He raises some very good points, even comparing earlier infusions of money for education to the Washington Redskins attempts to “buy” a Superbowl championship. As any Redskins fan will tell you, it doesn’t work.

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From The Quick and the Ed:

Besides being entirely rational and sound advice, Jay uses one word that hits the issue more than any other: lottery... And if it's a lottery, and everyone treats it that way except the students who invest their time, money, and emotions, maybe we should just start treating it that way. No more pretending it's about student activities, their essay, recommendations, or their devotion to the school. We've all heard about the perfect 4.0 student with excellent extracurriculars who gets rejected from their dream school. Instead, let's just institute a lottery. Schools set their baseline, kids submit their numbers, and then we run a giant lottery for the spots. Poof, like magic. Such a system operates in other fields that we're perfectly comfortable with -- medical residency programs or coveted charter schools, for example -- so maybe it's time to give it a shot for college applicants.

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From The New Progressivism:

But the question remains: What makes great curriculum? What separates excellent curriculum (and assessment) and the outstanding, lasting learning that it generates from ho-hum, average or poor quality learning designs and experiences?...In yesterday's Washington Post, columnist Jay Mathews, an AP enthusiast, let loose a suprisingly shrill --for Matthews, who is sually pretty measured even when standing up for his favorite ideas--critique of some of the ICG's assertions in a spirited defense of AP curricula.

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From Teacher Beat:

Washington Post veteran Jay Mathews dives into the great class-size reduction debate... He points out that in the recession, many districts preserve class size and make cuts elsewhere, which may not be the most cost-effective solution.This has always been an interest of mine because of the sticky mismatches between what the research says, what districts can actually do, and the age old question of cost-effectiveness.

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By Washington Post Editors  | March 18, 2009; 1:54 PM ET
Categories:  Jay on the Web  
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