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Class Struggle: October 17, 2010 - October 23, 2010

Students reject their school's high rank

My annual rankings of high schools were mentioned at a Town Meeting of the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program recently. Some students said they didn’t like the great reputation I was giving their school.

By Jay Mathews  | October 20, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags:  Challenge Index, H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, H-B students say school's top rank obscures its traditions, call teachers by first name, film "Day After Tomorrow", most school management decisions made by student and staffer vote  
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Video reveals mystery man who runs largest teachers union

Video reveals mystery man who runs largest teachers union: Dennis Van Roekel of the National Education Association.

By Jay Mathews  | October 19, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags:  American Federation of Teachers, Dennis Van Roekel, National Education Association, Randi Weingarten  
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Much-praised Baltimore teacher contract voted down

You probably noticed, but in case you didn't, the innovative contract for public school teachers in Baltimore was thoroughly squashed on Oct. 14 in a 1,540 to 1,107 vote by teachers.

By Jay Mathews  | October 19, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags:  Baltimore teachers contract voted down, school chief holds out hope of a change later.  
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Curiosity discouraged at competitive high school

Westfield High School in Fairfax County is one of the largest and most competitive public schools in America. It is not unusual that 180 sophomores enrolled in Advanced Placement World History this year, more students than most U.S. high schools have taking AP courses of any kind. What did surprise some students and their parents was a sheet titled “Expectations of Integrity” included in the materials handed out by the three AP World History teachers. Their number one rule discouraged random outbreaks of curiosity.

By Jay Mathews  | October 17, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags:  Expectations of Integrity, Fairfax County, Westfield High School, curiosity discouraged, no Internet searching, no talking to family, principal Tim Thomas, students can only use their notes and textbooks  
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