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Class Struggle: March 13, 2011 - March 19, 2011

Making students smarter AND better

One of the great failures of high schools, my favorite subject, is the lack of effective training in productive behaviors and attitudes, such as cooperating, being on time, making eye contact, speaking persuasively, offering suggestions and focusing on tasks. Many educators are trying to develop programs that teach these traits. Some call this character education, which has been around for decades. A few schools and school systems have made progress. Most have not.

By Jay Mathews  | March 14, 2011; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags:  Joseph Durlak, character education, new study of social and emotional learning  
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Five greatest high school TV series

Are we watching too much TV? Maybe so. Rarely have I received as many e-mails as when I sought help picking the five best high school television series of all time.

By Jay Mathews  | March 13, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags:  Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Daria, Friday Night Lights, It's Academic, My So-Called Life, five best high school TV shows, shows light on academics  
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