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Class Struggle: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010

How brain drains will save the world

In our comfortable spot at the top of the world's higher ed pyramid, we are ignoring one of the most powerful trends of the 21st century---a growing free trade in great minds. Ben Wildavsky argues this will make this era more innovative, and more prosperous, than any that human civilization has seen.

By Jay Mathews  |  June 4, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags: Ben Wildavsky, The Great Brain Race, how trade in great minds will help all countries, international universities unknown to Americans, progress needed in letting academic credentials cross borders  
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How to help struggling schools in a budget crisis

When Dan Domenech left seven years later, many Excel schools had turned around, and he was a national figure, eventually becoming executive director of the American Association of School Administrators. Now his successor, School Superintendent Jack D. Dale, faces his own crisis: deep budget cuts that have ended the Excel program that made Domenech’s reputation.

By Jay Mathews  |  June 2, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags: Daniel A. Domenech, Fairfax County, Jack D. Dale, Priority Schools, Project Excel, new ways to help low income students  
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Tense time for AP students: grade weighting flunks a test

Like all human beings, educators accept rules and procedures that make sense to them, even when academic types wave data in their faces proving they are wrong. That appears to be the case with one of the most powerful and widespread practices in Washington area high schools---the extra grade point for college-level courses.

By Jay Mathews  |  May 30, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags: AP grade weighting unnecessary, Texas economist is the culprit, local districts defend practice, students panic, students will take AP even without extra credit, study of 900 high schools  
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