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 email@example.com, 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.
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