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Class Struggle: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

My obit for Jerry Bracey

My obituary for the great media critic and insightful author Gerald W. Bracey, who supplied a ton of great quotes to a generation of education writers, ran Friday. Here it is....

By Jay Mathews  |  October 23, 2009; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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21st century skills: another disappointment

I am trying NOT to write off the 21st century skills movement as a sham, but its leaders don’t make it easy....

By Jay Mathews  |  October 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Is America's best school too good for grade point bonuses?

Note to readers: Thursday the Post launches its new Local Living section, which will include a bonus Class Struggle column each week from me. That means my weekly Thursday Extra Credit column answering reader questions is no more, since...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 22, 2009; 2:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Duncan to ed schools: End 'mediocre' training

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, in prepared remarks circulating in advance of a speech Thursday, accuses many of the nation's schools of education of doing "a mediocre job of preparing teachers for the realities of the 21st-century classroom." My colleague Nick...

By Washington Post editors  |  October 21, 2009; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Gerald W. Bracey, education's most acidic pundit, dead at 69

Education Week just reported that Gerald W. Bracey---Jerry to his many friends, including me---died peacefully in his sleep sometime Tuesday night. This was a shock to me. I didn't know he was sick. He had sounded fine a week...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 21, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Is cutting college to three years a good idea?

Newsweek's cover story, "The Three-Year Solution," by U.S. Senator and former Education Secretary and University of Tennessee president Lamar Alexander, has the great virtue of forcing a rethink of how we have been doing higher education for more than...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 21, 2009; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Making the grade not about race, but culture

The Post's brilliant and provocative teacher-essayist, Patrick Welsh, did it again Sunday in his Outlook section piece, "Making the Grade Isn't About Race. It's About Parents." Read it. You will find not only a vivid description of what motivates...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 20, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Test that makes U.S. look bad may not be so good

Politicians and pundits are using results from the Programme for International Student Assessment|(PISA) tests to say our kids are falling behind the rest of the world, so maybe we should get some PISA practice. Brookings Institution scholar Tom Loveless, a...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 19, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Solve These International Test Math Problems

Here are a few samples for readers whose appetite for math was whetted by my Monday column on international test comparisons:...

By Jay Mathews  |  October 19, 2009; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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