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Class Struggle: September 6, 2009 - September 12, 2009

How to Survive Our Worst Schools

I was intrigued by a story on the front page of the Post Aug. 9 Written by my colleague Robin Givhan, it focused on a White House internship program for D.C. students that included a recent high school graduate...

By Washington Post editors  |  September 11, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Egad! School Research Has Power

I have long believed that politicians never read education research reports, and if they do, only believe the ones that confirm their biases. Timothy A. Hacsi's brilliant 2002 book, "Children As Pawns: The Politics of Education Reform," proved this...

By Jay Mathews  |  September 9, 2009; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Jay on the Web , Trends  
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Admissions 101: What's the Best College Guide?

Over at Admissions 101, Jay Mathews has opened the debate on the best college guide. Here's a quick sampling of the discussion so far: ANetliner says: Daniel Golden's "The Price of Admission" is a terrific book on this subject. Golden...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 9, 2009; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Admissions 101  
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Obama Speech Good for Wakefield, But I Haven't Changed My Mind

The president's speech at Wakefield High was a wonderful experience for those hard-working students and the school's exceptional staff. I was particularly taken with the president's generosity in answering questions from students before the speech. They will remember this...

By Jay Mathews  |  September 8, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Jay & Valerie Debate The Speech

Class Struggle and colleague Valerie Strauss, of The Answer Sheet, staged a head-to-head debate over President Obama's speech at Wakefield High. Their material: an advance text of the speech and who-knows-how-many years of education reporting experience.--The Editors JAY MATHEWS: As...

By Washington Post editors  |  September 8, 2009; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Certification Of Teachers as Painful Farce

I was flooded with e-mails after my Aug. 24 column on high school teacher Jonathan Keiler. Prince George's County officials said he was going to lose his certification because he had not taken enough education school courses, even though he...

By Washington Post editors  |  September 7, 2009; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Metro Monday  
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