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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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America's best high school soft on math?

By all accounts, he is one of the best math teachers in the country. The Mathematics Association of America has given him two national awards. He was appointed by the Bush administration to the National Mathematics Advisory Panel. For 25 years he has prepared middle-schoolers for the tough admissions standards at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the most selective high school in America. Yet this year, when Vern Williams looked at the Jefferson application, he felt not the usual urge to get his kids in, but a dull depression.

By Jay Mathews  | February 27, 2011; 8:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags:  Junior USA Math Olympiad, STEM, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Vern Williams, great math students being rejected  
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A state test teachers want to save

I don’t necessarily accept the view that people who say they speak for teachers actually do. But they often have a good sense of faculty room opinion, including the fact that many teachers don’t like the state tests that have been imposed on them and their students. So what should I make of the e-mails that have been coming in from teachers all over Maryland begging that the state NOT carry out its plan to cancel the annual High School Assessment test in government?

By Jay Mathews  | February 20, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags:  Glenn Beck, Jon Stewart, Maryland state High School Assessment government test, government teachers want to keep government test, let's raise money to save test, test canceled to save money  
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Five ways Rhee went wrong

Richard Whitmire’s deft and revealing book about former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee chronicles a difficult time in the history of the city’s schools, when good people fought hard against one another because of sharply contrasting views on how to help our children.

By Jay Mathews  | February 13, 2011; 10:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags:  Richard Whitmire, The Bee Eater,, five Rhee missteps  
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Is high school recess a waste?

There is no limit to what you learn about schools if you listen to teachers. Did you know, for instance, that Fairfax County, this region's largest school district, is using 10 days a year of valuable instruction time on do-what-you-like recesses for high-school students? I didn't either. West Springfield High School physics teacher Ed Linz says this program, designed to help struggling students, is a waste.

By Jay Mathews  | February 6, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags:  Ed Linz, Paul Wardinski, Richard Moniuszko, West Springfield High School, about 100 may watch TV in the cafeteria, only remedial students required to be studying, principal says other students use it well, recess in high school. some teachers say it wastes time  
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Pick TV's five best high school series

The snowstorm knocked out our electricity last week. It was hard to write the column without access to the Internet. My cellphone wasn’t working well, either. This seemed a perfect opportunity to discard any pretense of research and instead vent on a subject too insubstantial for a serious education writer, but engrossing all the same. Why can’t television give us a good show about high school?

By Jay Mathews  | January 30, 2011; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags:  Glee is fun but not realistic, Idina Menzel, TV high school series, Winnie Holzman, maybe "My So-Called Life, or, or Freak and Geeks., pick the best TV high school series  
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Forget about the achievement gap, Jay Mathews , August 29, 2010
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