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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 me, and I think for readers, to have Valerie stepping into this new role. As many readers discerned years ago, she is smarter, less opinionated and a better reporter than I am. She will add much value to our online effort to connect readers with the latest news and best thinking about what is happening in our schools.


Valerie calls her blog a school survival guide. She will focus on those questions that most intrigue and irritate school parents. Among the many advantages she has over me is that she is much younger, and still has kids in school. I get some of my best stories and ideas from parents. I can vaguely remember my own years fretting about what was happening with my children's educations, but Valerie is living that in real time. She has the passion for the subject that is essential for good reporting.

Like me, Valerie loves to hear from readers, particularly those who think we are missing something or messing up. Let her know on her blog, or via her email address, when you have something for her. She worries as much as you do, which is a good thing.

And before I forget, the new book "Lighting Their Fires" by Rafe Esquith, America's best classroom teacher, is now in book stores. I wrote a column about the book long before the publication date, and promised to post a notice when people could buy it. It is full of revelations about the importance of time in raising and teaching children, and should be required reading for all parents with kids in school.

By Jay Mathews  | August 31, 2009; 3:40 PM ET
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Thank you for adding an ed-focused content site. I have benefitted from Jay Mathews' reporting skills and passion for education so I look forward to following the new web site and getting to know Valeria Strauss.

Posted by: gotremba | August 31, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Strauss called you the most knowledgeable education reporter on the planet. Are you going to take that insult? Most knowledgeable in the UNIVERSE, at least!
Thanks for the recommendation on Hirsch's new book. Ordered a copy based on you. Keep it comin'.

Posted by: LoveIB | August 31, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to you, Ms. Strauss and the Post for launching what promises to be a lively, informative and interactive site about education, both locally and nationwide. Your tip of the hat to Ms. Strauss was a gracious gesture. Close readers of the Post know she's everything you say she is.

One issue I hope you'll continue to chronicle is the endless tug-of-war between teachers and administators. I'd also like to see more on just how important parental involvement is in students developing good learning habits. It doesn't seem to be on D.C. Chancellor Rhee's short list of to-do's, from what I can see looking at her reform budgeting. I know there's a lot of national debate about parental involvement. What's the story under Rhee?

Posted by: TomGrubisich | September 1, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Wow! With Jay and now Val on board (literally) discussing education should be entering overdrive!

Good luck!

Posted by: 1voraciousreader | September 1, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

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