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Class Struggle: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

What the SAT-optional Colleges Don’t Tell You

I don’t much like the SAT. When the SAT-optional movement began to gain momentum a few years ago, I cheered. Dozens of colleges told their applicants that if they didn’t want to submit their SAT or ACT scores, they didn’t...

By Washington Post editors  |  July 31, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  
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Harvard Schmarvard: A Small College Shines

This will be the first in an occasional series of blog postings on little-known colleges that prove their worth. My 2003 book Harvard Schmarvard argued that the big name schools don't provide a better education than the little name...

By Jay Mathews  |  July 28, 2009; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Admissions 101: Can Acerbic Students Make Good Teachers?

In his Friday column, Jay Mathews wrote about Michele Kerr, username Cal_Lanier on the boards, a California teacher who was nearly thrown out of Standford University's Teacher Education Program (STEP) for blogging about her anti-progressive (thus anti-Stanford) ideals during her...

By Sarah Mimms  |  July 28, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Admissions 101  | Tags: Stanford Teacher Education Program, blogging  
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AP Wars: School Board Member vs. Teachers

I received an email recently from the member of a school board in an affluent American suburb. I don't usually allow anonymous comment on this blog, but in the AP wars---the national fight over how many students are allowed...

By Jay Mathews  |  July 27, 2009; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Barring Gifted But Poor Students from College

I try to stay away from the New York Review of Books. It is a trap for aimless readers like me. I may enjoy a piece on the last Khan of Mongolia. But that makes me want to sample...

By Jay Mathews  |  July 27, 2009; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Metro Monday  
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