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Class Struggle: April 25, 2010 - May 1, 2010

Sorting out boys' school problems

Everyone should read "Why Boys Fail." I don't know of a clearer or more balanced examination of this issue. Whitmire is passionate about the need to help boys, but he respectfully presents other points of view, including those of the pro-girl optimists like me. In fact, one of the book's most impressive features is its exposure of the harm done by pro-girl vs. pro-boy polemics.

By Jay Mathews  |  April 30, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags: Why Boys Fail,, author persuades Mathews that boys need more help, ideologues getting in the way of progress for boys, schools that help boys even without boy-oriented methods  
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Why high schools shun senior projects

If my campaign to require senior projects in Washington area public high schools was itself a senior project, I would be getting a C-minus. My inspiration, the long-standing senior project program at Wakefield High School in Arlington County, is still in good shape. But few other schools show any interest in trying it out, despite what seem to me obvious benefits.

By Jay Mathews  |  April 28, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags: Wakefield High School, schools say faculty are too busy and students too stressed, students yearn for meaningful work, why high schools shun senior projects  
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Admissions 101: Need a good college? Ask a pro.

The latest topic for my Admissions 101 discussion group is an approach to college-picking that makes sense, but doesn't get much attention. If you have some vague notion of what you want to get out of college, such as...

By Jay Mathews  |  April 28, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: Admissions 101, picking a good college by asking someone successful in your desired field  
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Teacher contract funds solution: make Rhee stay

The solution seems obvious to us fans of the chancellor. Make Rhee sign something that obligates her to come up with the $64.5 million herself if she leaves and the foundations withdraw their support. Her fiance, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, is a former National Basketball Association star who, I hear, is careful with his money, so she should be good for it.

By Jay Mathews  |  April 28, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: Make Rhee stay in DC, have her sign contract promising to pay for foundation fund loss if she leaves, won't have to pay if she is fired  
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Explosive book for a new teacher generation

This new cohort of educators is frustrated with traditional teacher training. They think most education schools are too fond of theory (favorite ed school philosopher John Dewey died in 1952 before many of their parents were born) and too casual about preparing them for the practical challenges of teaching impoverished children.

By Jay Mathews  |  April 25, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags: Doug Lemov, Teach Like a Champion, Uncommon schools, detailed teaching methods that work, no opt out  
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