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Class Struggle: August 30, 2009 - September 5, 2009

Why I Don't Want the Obama Speech Shown in Other Schools

As I have said, I am happy President Obama has decided to deliver a back-to-school message Tuesday at Wakefield High, an A-plus school in Arlington County. I just wish the White House hadn't suggested that students at other schools...

By Jay Mathews  |  September 4, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (204)
 
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College Ratings Gone Wild

Four years ago I ranked all of the major college guides for Slate. My piece is still there, if you want to look. It retains some relevance at this time of year, when America has its annual ratings-o-rama. It is...

By Washington Post editors  |  September 4, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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The President Discovers My Favorite High School

Welcome to Wakefield High, Mr. President. I just saw the announcement that you have selected that mangy campus, overlooking an exhaust-filled commercial stretch of Route 7 in Arlington County, for a major speech on education Tuesday. You could not...

By Jay Mathews  |  September 2, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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An Unmentionable Factor in College Admissions

In a recent posting on the comments page of last week's Friday Trends column [Will Advanced Placement Replace the SAT?] on this blog, a reader identifying herself as Crimsonwife asked a good question:...

By Jay Mathews  |  September 2, 2009; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Sheet Joins the Struggle on Our New Ed Page

Today we at The Post inaugurate our new education web page , full of innovative features including our latest blog, The Answer Sheet, under the care of my long-time colleague and friend Valerie Strauss. It is a treat for...

By Jay Mathews  |  August 31, 2009; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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The Sheet Joins the

By Jay Mathews  |  August 31, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Learning Shouldn't Be Dictated by School Calendar

Maybe our whole back-to-school tradition is the problem. We think of education as a year-to-year thing. Start school in late summer. Finish in late spring. Then repeat. Learning doesn’t work like that. Our fixation on the calendar is getting...

By Washington Post editors  |  August 31, 2009; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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