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Class Struggle: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

AP More Open, But Not Dumbed Down

More than a decade ago, when I began investigating the odd uses of Advanced Placement courses and tests in our high schools, I tried to find out why AP participation was so much lower than I expected in my neighborhood...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 1, 2009; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Jay's Take: More Chinese in U.S. Colleges Good for All

Today’s startling story about a jump in applications to American colleges from China contradicts a widely held belief that Chinese high schools and colleges have surpassed ours, and our children will soon be driving taxi cabs in Beijing, begging for...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 1, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Extra Credit: English May Not Always Be the Language of the Internet

Dear Extra Credit: Cassandra Rosado said, "in this shrinking world, in which new generations increasingly converse in English on the Internet, is it the best use of our students' time to require two or three years of a foreign language...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 30, 2009; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Extra Credit  | Tags: Internet, foreign languages  
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Extra Credit: The Case for Stronger Foreign Language Requirements

Dear Extra Credit: I'm not sure what the local high school foreign language requirements are, but I'd be willing to bet they're nowhere near stiff enough. We need more foreign language speakers, of more languages, and we need them badly....

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 30, 2009; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Extra Credit  | Tags: foreign languages  
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Extra Credit: A Proposal for Restructuring Language Classes

Dear Extra Credit: I could not agree more with Cassandra Rosado ["Proper Grammar Is Not a Prerequisite for AP English," March 12] about not needing a foreign language class in high school. My son is in Spanish 2 and...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 30, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Extra Credit  | Tags: language classes  
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Admissions 101: Shortening College Waitlists?

Test prep veteran Ned Johnson of prepmatters.com, always in close touch with high school seniors, tells me that Washington University in St. Louis, one of our highest-rated undergraduate institutions, began admitting students off its waiting list yesterday, April 28. This...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 29, 2009; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Admissions 101  
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Jay on the Web: "Bubble Kids" and High Stakes Tests

In a discussion of a recent Jay Mathew's column about about whether low performing students are being adequately served in schools' scramble to pass high stakes tests, Public School Insights gives Mathews some extra credit: You have to admire Washington...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 29, 2009; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Admissions 101: You Can't Always Judge a School By Its Size

In Admissions 101, Jay and readers are discussing the merits of small colleges vs. large colleges. Aflagel1 points out you can't always judge a school's attributes by its size: I have worked and consulted for small and large schools,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 28, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Admissions 101  | Tags: small schools vs. large schools  
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Jay's Take: Schools Need Energy More than Experience

Today’s front page story, “Poor Neighborhoods, Untested Teachers,” is the best researched and most interesting article I have ever seen on inexperienced teachers in the Washington area. The data and explanations by my colleagues Daniel de Vise, Michael Alison Chandler...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 27, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Senior Projects Encourage Insight Via Sustained Effort

Jay's column from The Post today: When Wakefield High School first required senior projects 12 years ago, students suspected it was a plot to drain the last precious drops of joy from their teenage years. "We were pretty disgruntled,"...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 27, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags: senior projects  
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