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Class Struggle: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Best book ever on how to prepare students for college

We have had blue ribbon commissions, congressional committees, corporate roundtables, university consortiums and dozens of non-profit organizations struggle with the central question of American education: How do we prepare students for success in college? The written output of these groups...

By Jay Mathews  |  November 6, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Jay's quick response to Valerie before he takes his afternoon nap

Dear Valerie, I stand corrected. We geezers get confused easily. Thanks for forgiving my failure to understand who was being forgiven. Before I recharge my batteries after this challenging exchange, I have just one complaint about one paragraph in your...

By Jay Mathews  |  November 5, 2009; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Why I hope others get to algebra sooner than I did

[This is my Local Living column for Nov. 5, 2009] Sputnik got me into algebra early, almost. The Soviet satellite frightened the U.S. government into approving lots of money to accelerate math instruction just as I was completing eighth...

By Jay Mathews  |  November 5, 2009; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Extra Credit  
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AP debate: Jay rejects Valerie's forgiveness

My colleague Valerie Strauss, purveyor of The Answer Sheet blog on our shared Post education Web site, just posted a letter to me saying I wasn't, as she once thought, a vile merchant of student stress for rating high...

By Jay Mathews  |  November 5, 2009; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Will 21st century skills weaken our federal education programs?

The Common Core blog, which shares my distrust of the 21st century skills movement, is warning about the appointment of Apple executive Karen Cator as head of the U.S. Education Department's Office of Education Technology. I don't know Cator....

By Jay Mathews  |  November 4, 2009; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Help pick the best education blogs of 2009

I have put out a best education blogs list the last two years, but I wasn't a blogger myself then, and really didn't know what I was doing. Now that I face personally, each day, the pressures of being...

By Jay Mathews  |  November 4, 2009; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Bye-bye Arne: Why we don't need an education secretary

Arne Duncan is the latest in a splendid crop of U.S. education secretaries over the last few decades. The ones I have known best include, in alphabetical order: Bill Bennett, Rod Paige, Dick Riley and Margaret Spellings--all fine people...

By Jay Mathews  |  November 3, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Secrets of private schools revealed

Michael Birnbaum, one of the Post's newest and youngest reporters, has just shamed this geezer columnist by producing a feature on Monday's education page full of stuff I didn't know. Go to our education page for the "Public data...

By Jay Mathews  |  November 2, 2009; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Perils of rating teachers--Part one, the District

In the last half of the 19th century, many inventors pursued the dream of building an airplane. Duds and crashes were frequent and skeptics numerous. Only a decade before the Wright brothers’ 1903 flight, British physicist and engineer Lord...

By Jay Mathews  |  November 1, 2009; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Metro Monday  
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