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8 ways to survive spring break with kids

I’m moving back to California this summer. (You will be relieved or annoyed to learn I am not leaving The Post.) This will be my last spring, at least as I define the term. I grew up in the Golden State, the balmy sea breezes of Long Beach in the south and later the sun-splashed hillsides of San Mateo in the north. There was more rain in the winter, but otherwise I didn’t notice seasons.

By Jay Mathews  | March 9, 2011; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags:  do nothing, follow a map, plant something, read book then see movie, surviving spring break with kids, urban hike  
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Private school rejection? Don't panic.

I write mostly about public schools, but private schools have their own methods and rituals that affect many families. At this time of year, for instance, parents looking for a good private school often find themselves in trouble. They have applied to a school they had their heart set on. They have been rejected. Actually, it is their child who has been turned down, but you know what I mean.

By Jay Mathews  | March 2, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags:  Liz Perelstein, Charlotte Nelsen, Frances Turner, Georgia K. Irvin, Jean Baldwin, Private school rejection, Rich Weinfeld, educational consultants say there are many late options, private schools admissions direction never says  
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Changing my mind on high school recess

I have been dismissed by many students as an out-of-touch geezer who doesn’t understand how much more is demanded of high school students these days. Having read their many e-mails, I think they have a point.

By Jay Mathews  | February 23, 2011; 10:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags:  Becky Lyon, Cole Gould, Ed Linz, Joanna Lewton, Julia Staron, Martha Somers, Spartan Times, Traci Barela, West Springfield High School, high school recess  
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Why do great school systems fear charters?

I admire the erudite and public-spirited members of the Montgomery County Board of Education. Their superintendent, Jerry D. Weast, is one of the best in the business, a national leader with a smart staff. So why are they so frightened of two little charter schools?

By Jay Mathews  | February 16, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags:  Crossway Montessori Charter School, Global Garden Public Charter School, Montgomery County, public charter schools  
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8 subtle ways to prepare middle schoolers for college

Spring is coming, and with it, the most angst-ridden part of the college application cycle. High-schoolers will be logging on to university Web sites, trembling at the prospect of rejection. Parents will look at the costs of schools that accept their kids and wonder whether they can afford it. Many mothers and fathers with children too young for this ordeal will count themselves lucky. But they might consider ways to get their kids ready for it anyway.

By Jay Mathews  | February 2, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags:  algebra is important, encourage character, focus on household skills, make sure they read, notice healthy activities they enjoy and help them to more of the same, preparing middle schoolers for college  
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Exceptional school has lesson for charters

When we reporters mention schools like Ivymount for students with disabilities, it is usually in connection with fights over money. Public school districts are legally required to pay private school tuition for such students if the districts can’t meet their needs. Some public school officials suggest that aggressive parents are ripping them off. Lawyers get involved. It is not a friendly environment. But the book "No Other Place" reveals a different dynamic at the beginning of the era of special education.

By Jay Mathews  | January 19, 2011; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags:  Ivymount, Jan Wintrol, Lillian Davis, No Other Place,, Shari Gelman, education of children with disabilities  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Can we measure school climate?, Jay Mathews , January 12, 2011
How overextended test security hurts learning, Jay Mathews , January 5, 2011
Winter holiday enrichment made easy, Jay Mathews , December 23, 2010
Schools miscommunicating with parents, Jay Mathews , December 16, 2010
Why urban schools don't need gifted programs, Jay Mathews , December 9, 2010
Why bar parents from helping on homework?, Jay Mathews , December 1, 2010
Why should pre-holiday school days be wasted?, Jay Mathews , November 30, 2010
Hiding exams from students, Jay Mathews , November 17, 2010
How NOT to vote for school board, Jay Mathews , November 10, 2010
Students reject their school's high rank, Jay Mathews , October 20, 2010
Required essays in a physics class, Jay Mathews , October 13, 2010
American schools lax on cheating, Jay Mathews , September 29, 2010
Why grade-skipping should be back in fashion, Jay Mathews , September 22, 2010
What D.C. schools could learn from the suburbs, Jay Mathews , September 15, 2010
What your college counselor doesn't know, Jay Mathews , September 2, 2010
Power of books my wife grew up with, Jay Mathews , July 21, 2010
Students weren't taught research writing, Jay Mathews , July 14, 2010
Why mom disliked my summer reading, Jay Mathews , June 17, 2010
AP vs. IB--choosing sides, Jay Mathews , May 12, 2010
Why high schools shun senior projects, Jay Mathews , April 28, 2010
Why waste time on a foreign language?, Jay Mathews , April 21, 2010
Washington area's top education bloggers, Jay Mathews , April 14, 2010
Why I ignore some great schools, Jay Mathews , April 7, 2010
Daring new high school rating system, Jay Mathews , March 17, 2010
School budget cuts not such big news, Jay Mathews , March 10, 2010
Yikes! A charter-friendly superintendent, Jay Mathews , March 3, 2010
Should 9th graders take AP?, Jay Mathews , February 24, 2010
Life habits schools can teach, Jay Mathews , February 17, 2010
Doubt about learning styles, Jay Mathews , February 10, 2010
Problems with D.C. teacher evaluation, Jay Mathews , February 3, 2010
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