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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 the current block scheduling of about half of her classes each day. With seven classes in one day, she'd need a wheelbarrow!
This problem could be solved if each classroom had a set of textbooks, but I wouldn't hold my breath for that.
Andrea Rosenthal Oak Hill

Jay Mathews:

Other wise people have proposed that solution to the backpack crisis. Why hasn't it been done? Too expensive? Too weird? Any ideas?

Dear Extra Credit:
Regarding your column's recent discussion of English usage in speech, the most frequent misuse of "I" that can be heard on TV, especially by sportscasters, is "The teacher caught Joe and I cheating." And it appears in print, too, when quoting people. I wonder whether teachers ever correct this grammatical error. It almost seems as if the English language now accepts this misuse. Do you agree?
Betty Bowers College Park

Jay Mathews:

It is a living language. We might be moving toward a so-what attitude about I or me. But in the meantime, it is fun to yell corrections at the television screen.

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By Washington Post Editors  | May 28, 2009; 10:46 AM ET
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