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Class Struggle: July 11, 2010 - July 17, 2010

The untruth about International Baccalaureate

I haven't read everything on truthaboutib.com, but enough to report, somewhat to my surprise, that it is pretty good. Its raging paranoia about IB being a threat to American values and U.S. sovereignty is completely divorced from reality, but compared with other overheated ideological Web sites, it is remarkably fair, even balanced in a few places.

By Jay Mathews  |  July 15, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (190)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags: IB critics Web site truthaboutib.com, International Baccalaureate vs. Advanced Placement, Lisa McLoughlin  
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Students weren't taught research writing

English professor Kate Simpson said she discovered that 40 percent of her 115 students thought that their high schools had not prepared them for college-level writing. Only 23 percent thought they had those writing skills.

By Jay Mathews  |  July 14, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags: 23 percent said some, 40 percent of one professor' freshman class said they had none, Kate Simpson, Lord Fairfax Community College, high schools fail to teach research writing  
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D.C. test scores: chilling out about short-term changes

I wish this were not an election year, giving test results far more political power than they deserve. There is nothing I can do about that. But I hope Mayor Adrian Fenty will reconsider statements like the one he made Tuesday: "Our secondary schools are doing fantastic, as are our elementary schools." He knows that is not true. He has been inside many of our secondary and elementary schools. He knows that the new results show that more than half of students are still not scoring in the proficient range.

By Jay Mathews  |  July 14, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: comparing apples and oranges, last March's good news no better than this week's bad news, new D.C. tests scores require caution, politics intrude  
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What Bill Gates is really up to

I strongly recommend everyone read my colleague Nick Anderson's front page story on the incredible amounts being spent by Microsoft founder Bill Gates on public schools these days.

By Jay Mathews  |  July 12, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: Bill Gates, Nick Anderson piece on Gates' education empire, key to school innovation  
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Sousa's principal: hero or bully?

Dwan Jordon's name has also spread quickly through the ranks of D.C. educators, for AFTER that great year of record test success, and the hard work of his staff, almost all of his teachers left, something that I have never seen before. Some were terminated. Some couldn’t stand to work for him again. He said the old staff had resisted his ideas, even though they worked. With a new hand-picked staff the next year “all of us were focused on doing what was best for students,” he said.

By Jay Mathews  |  July 11, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags: long history of school reformers breaking rules, new principal Dwan Jordon praised, scores rise at Sousa Middle School, teachers say he verbally abused them, union and principal helping each other unintentionally  
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