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Class Struggle: May 24, 2009 - May 30, 2009

An Attack on Preschool for All

As usual, I have taken the lazy columnist’s approach to the crucial issue of preschools in America. What little I have written about it has been how to find the best pre-Ks and preschools, and what it is about them...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 29, 2009; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags: universal preschool fordham institute  
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Extra Credit: Unorthodox Approaches to Apathetic Students

Dear Extra Credit: Maria Glod's May 6 article on dual enrollment ["College-School Partnerships Offer Head Start on Higher Education"] made me think that you might enjoy learning about parents who have begun to think outside the box when it comes...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 28, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Extra Credit  | Tags: study abroad  
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Extra Credit: With All This Weight, What Student Needs an Anchor?

Dear Extra Credit: This is in response to the reader who questioned why more schools with block schedules don't have "anchor days" on Mondays, where students have every class. The short answer: My high-schooler can barely manage her backpack with...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 28, 2009; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Extra Credit  
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How to Miss School Even When You're in School

My colleague Dan de Vise's wonderful piece Tuesday about the Darnestown, Md., student who never missed a day of school has had a terrific reaction. Like me, readers appreciated Dan's tribute to old-fashioned values, such as dependability and persistence, which...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 27, 2009; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Jay on the Web: Mathews on KIPP Charter Schools

Jay's latest book, "Work Hard. Be Nice."chronicles a breed of charter schools called the Knowledge is Power Program, or KIPP. KIPP has had stunning success at improving the test scores of low-income students by focusing on mentoring, rigorous student...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 27, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: KIPP, charter schools  
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Scholarship Contests: Easy Money or Scam?

A little while back Jay received a press release for a contest from a group called Upromise that offered a chance for students to win a $10,000 scholarship by submitting a 30-second web video. It turns out these scholarship contests...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 26, 2009; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Admissions 101  | Tags: college, scholarships  
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At-Risk Need a Mix of Good Teachers, Social Services Help

Karen Kaldenbach, an 18-year-old high school senior in Arlington County, remembers vividly what life was like when she was 11: "I saw Social Services almost as much as I saw my mother, who was always drunk. Her best friends,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 25, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags: at-risk students  
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