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Class Struggle: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

Education Critic to Obama: Tell the Truth

If there was any doubt that education analyst Gerald W. Bracey doesn’t play favorites, that’s gone now. After excoriating the Bush administration and its education officials for eight years, after canvassing his neighborhood, donating his own money and voting for...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 8, 2009; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Extra Credit: Do Schools Push High Performing Kids Too Hard?

Dear Extra Credit: My daughter is extremely bright and was an early reader. She loved kindergarten. When she started first grade, she struggled with the writing -- not what to write, but with the actual writing. She was frustrated because,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 7, 2009; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Extra Credit  | Tags: school stress  
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Extra Credit: Is High-Stakes Testing Really the Answer?

Dear Extra Credit: You said that introducing high-stakes testing in kindergarten "appears to have produced significant gains in reading and math achievement for students in this age group." ["The Pressure Is On, and the Kids Suffer in Kindergarten," March...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 7, 2009; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Extra Credit  | Tags: high school testing  
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Jay on the Web: Does Energy Outweigh Experience When It Comes to Teachers?

Jay has been generating some buzz on the web with his take last week on whether experience or energy matters most when it comes to improving education at schools in low income neighborhoods. It was a response to this Post...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 6, 2009; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: teacher experience  
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Admissions 101: Why Aren't More Students Taking AP Classes?

In Admissions 101, Jay Mathews is pondering an interesting question about Advanced Placement tests -- why high schools aren't pushing more students to take them. As Jay writes: "The annual Newsweek Challenge Index is the largest existing data base of...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 5, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Admissions 101  
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Rare Alliance May Signal Ebb In Union's Charter Opposition

I didn't see many other reporters Tuesday in the narrow, second-floor meeting room of the Phoenix Park Hotel in the District. A U.S. senator's party switch and new National Assessment of Educational Progress data were a bigger draw. But...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 4, 2009; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags: American Federation of Teachers, charter schools  
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