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Class Struggle: March 21, 2010 - March 27, 2010

What does authentic learning mean, if anything?

"Could you weigh in on the much-ballyhooed idea of having the classroom attempt to attain authenticity? I don't use ballyhooed to disparage the idea, only to point out that it's a term that is thrown around often, as glittering generalities are in such a politicized age. The idea of the authentic played a prominent role in the 21st-century technology-based initiative "Classrooms for the Future," which swept Pennsylvania two years ago, helping my school and hundreds of others get much-needed technology upgrades."

By Jay Mathews  |  March 26, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags: Carl Rosin, Paul Wright, Radnor High School, Viewpoints on Modern America, authenticity in school, meaning of authentic learning, what is authentic  
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Admissions 101: The 2/2/2 rule

The latest topic for my Admissions 101 discussion group is the 2/2/2 rule for making sure the college campus visits many of you are making, or planning, do not deteriorate into hurtful family squabbles. I like the first 2 of the 2/2/2 rule but not the last 2. Confusing? Not really. Take a look and join the back-and-forth in this most electrifying of discussion groups.

By Jay Mathews  |  March 25, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: New Admissions 101 topic, how to survive campus visits  
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Judging high schools by students' college success

The National Student Clearinghouse began to build its database of more than 93 million students in more than 3,300 colleges and universities to verify enrollment of students for loan companies. Now it is focused on informing high schools how their graduates are doing.

By Jay Mathews  |  March 24, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags: D.C. College Success Foundation, Gates Foundation, Herbert R. Tillery, Jerry D. Weast, Louis Josey, Maya Angelou Public Charter School, National Student Clearinghouse, judging high schools by college success  
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Meet Washpost's education team tonight in Rockville

Education reporter Michael Birnbaum, education editor Craig Timberg, local editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz and me, your favorite blogger, will be at the auditorium of Richard Montgomery High School (behind the Marlo furniture store) at 250 Montgomery Rd. in Rockville from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight.

By Jay Mathews  |  March 24, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: Richard Montgomery High School, Town Hall Meeting, Washpost education team will answer questions  
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Reading scores a bore, but help Rhee

The latest national test scores don't mean much -- except that D.C. School Chancellor Michelle Rhee's job is probably safe for another year or two.

By Jay Mathews  |  March 24, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: DC reading scores up, Kentucky gains but doesn't know why, Mathews to win bet, Rhee's job secure, boring reading scores, national reading scores flat  
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Could schools cure our uncivil discourse?

"What has happened to the teaching of critical skills, decision-making based on weighing alternative policies or courses of action, and respect for those who hold differing opinions on local and national issues?"

By Jay Mathews  |  March 23, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: could schools cure uncivil politics, politicians scoring points instead of exchanging views, teaching students how to argue respectfully  
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Overloaded high schools bring NCAA upsets

"Very academically qualified kids are having to choose the next tier down; Harvard kids going to Tufts, Tufts kids to Dickinson, Dickinson kids to UMBC etc. It stands to reason that's also happening in athletics. It's sheer demographics."

By Jay Mathews  |  March 22, 2010; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: increasing college quality, overloaded high schools explain basketball upsets  
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Principal, teacher clash on cheating

“You are creating an expectation that students will cheat,” Martel recalls the principal telling him after he showed his anti-copying measures. “By creating that expectation, they will rise to your expectation.”

By Jay Mathews  |  March 21, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags: creating an expectation that students will cheat, principal and teacher clash over cheating prevention, student cheating  
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