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Strauss: Reader’s response: ‘We’re constantly having to remind the public about our humanity’

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:51pm

There has been a strong reaction from some to Tuesday’s post originally titled “So did he apply to Stanford?” Some people liked it. Others thought I was making light of the achievements of two teens of color who were accepted into the Ivy League. I wasn’t. My intention was to draw attention to the obsessive focus by parents on the media on the elite colleges and to the way the schools publicize their high rejection rate. If the reason I wrote the post was unclear, I am sorry. The original post is now titled: “Can we stop obsessing on the Ivy League?”

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Montgomery to have classes on Easter Monday, get a waiver of four snow days

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:39pm

Maryland education officials have granted Montgomery County a four-day waiver of instructional days lost to snow this winter, part of a plan that calls for county schools to be open on Easter Monday and the final day of classes to be held on Friday, June 13.

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Montgomery County will stay open Easter Monday and get waiver of four snow days

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:37am

Maryland education leaders granted Montgomery County a four-day waiver of instructional days lost to snow, as part of a plan that would open schools on Easter Monday and make the final day of classes June 13.

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Strauss: Walton Foundation’s pours $164 million in 2013 education grants. Who won?

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:00am

The Walton Family Foundation spent more than $164 million in 2013 to promote its corporate-influenced education reform agenda in 2013, according to a new list (see below) of grants that went to dozens of organizations. The foundation’s priorities are evident in who won the biggest amounts. Among the winners are:

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Strauss: Walton Foundation’s pours $164 million in 2013 education grants. Who won?

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:00am

The Walton Family Foundation spent more than $164 million in 2013 to promote its corporate-influenced education reform agenda in 2013, according to a new list (see below) of grants that went to dozens of organizations. The foundation’s priorities are evident in who won the biggest amounts. Among the winners are:

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Strauss: Why the SAT drives us N.U.T.S.

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:00am

What is it about the SAT that drives people nuts? Ned Johnson explains. Johnson is president and self-described tutor geek at Prep Matters, a tutoring and test prep company with offices in Bethesda, Md., McLean, Va., and Washington D.C.

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Strauss: Why the SAT drives us N.U.T.S.

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:00am

What is it about the SAT that drives people nuts? Ned Johnson explains. Johnson is president and self-described tutor geek at Prep Matters, a tutoring and test prep company with offices in Bethesda, Md., McLean, Va., and Washington D.C.

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Strauss: 10 things wrong with what kids learn in school

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:00am

The debate over the Common Core State Standards overlooks the broad problems inherent in the core curriculum that has been taught in schools for decades. Below Marion Brady explains. Brady has worked as a teacher, administrator, college professor, contributor to academic journals, textbook and professional book author, consultant to publishers and foundations, newspaper columnist.

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Strauss: 10 things wrong with what kids learn in school

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:00am

The debate over the Common Core State Standards overlooks the broad problems inherent in the core curriculum that has been taught in schools for decades. Below Marion Brady explains. Brady has worked as a teacher, administrator, college professor, contributor to academic journals, textbook and professional book author, consultant to publishers and foundations, newspaper columnist.

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Students look for scholarships in some unusual places

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 9:28pm

Looking for money for college? The Klingon Language Institute has a scholarship for students pursuing language study, earthly or alien; the United States Bowling Congress gives grants to promising young bowlers; and the Ayn Rand Institute rewards essay writers who are adept at deconstructing her novels, such as “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged.”

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Students look for scholarships in some unusual places

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 9:28pm

Looking for money for college? The Klingon Language Institute has a scholarship for students pursuing language study, earthly or alien; the United States Bowling Congress gives grants to promising young bowlers; and the Ayn Rand Institute rewards essay writers who are adept at deconstructing her novels, such as “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged.”

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Aldie, in booming Loudoun, pitches school expansion to keep its village feel

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 7:59pm

A small schoolhouse has anchored the village of Aldie, in western Loudoun County, since before the Civil War began. John Hutchison’s grandmother attended. His father was principal there. Hutchison went to the school there. Now his children are among the 130 or so students at Aldie Elementary, building robots before heading home to their farm.

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Aldie, in booming Loudoun, pitches school expansion to keep its village feel

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 7:59pm

A small schoolhouse has anchored the village of Aldie, in western Loudoun County, since before the Civil War began. John Hutchison’s grandmother attended. His father was principal there. Hutchison went to the school there. Now his children are among the 130 or so students at Aldie Elementary, building robots before heading home to their farm.

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Frederick County schools granted state waiver for two snow days

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 5:50pm

Maryland education leaders approved a two-day waiver of instructional days lost to snow for Frederick County, school officials said Tuesday.

The announcement came a day after Montgomery County learned its request for a five-day state waiver was rejected. Montgomery, which had 10 snow days, is reassessing and will soon come up with a new plan, officials said.

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Strauss: But did he apply to Stanford?

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:32pm

Have you heard yet about 17-year-old Kwasi Enin of Shirley, N.Y., who applied to all of the eight schools in the Ivy League and got into every single one? If not, you are, by now, the only one.

The William Floyd High School senior told Newsday that he couldn’t believe it when, one right after the other, the Ivy League schools -- Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania and Brown University -- all welcomed him into the class of 2018.

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Strauss: Can we stop obsessing on the Ivy League?

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:32pm

Have you heard yet about 17-year-old Kwasi Enin of Shirley, N.Y., who applied to all of the eight schools in the Ivy League and got into every single one? If not, you are, by now, the only one.

The William Floyd High School senior told Newsday that he couldn’t believe it when, one right after the other, the Ivy League schools -- Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania and Brown University -- all welcomed him into the class of 2018.

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Loudoun science prodigy leaves college to launch tech company

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:13pm

Ari Dyckovsky has never exactly followed a traditional path. As a second-grader, he completed complex math worksheets for fun. By the time he was an 18-year-old student at the Loudoun Academy of Science, the young prodigy was already experimenting in the field of quantum physics, securing his place as a top winner in the world’s largest high school science research contest.

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Loudoun science prodigy leaves college to launch tech company

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:13pm

Ari Dyckovsky has never exactly followed a traditional path. As a second-grader, he completed complex math worksheets for fun. By the time he was an 18-year-old student at the Loudoun Academy of Science, the young prodigy was already experimenting in the field of quantum physics, securing his place as a top winner in the world’s largest high school science research contest.

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Strauss: Did Matt Damon write this?

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:53pm

You’ve gotta love April Fools’ Day.

This morning I got an e-mail reacting to a post I wrote -- except I didn’t write the post. The reaction, though, turns out to be real. Let me back up a minute

Some background: I recently published a post about how a call for congressional hearings about over-testing of students by education historian and activist Diane Ravitch was supported by, of all people, Peter Cunningham, the former director of communications for Education Secretary Arne Duncan and still an unofficial Duncan adviser who has been a fierce Ravitch critic. In a Huffington Post column last year he started by saying:

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Strauss: Did Matt Damon write this?

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:53pm

You’ve gotta love April Fools’ Day.

This morning I got an e-mail reacting to a post I wrote -- except I didn’t write the post. The reaction, though, turns out to be real. Let me back up a minute

Some background: I recently published a post about how a call for congressional hearings about over-testing of students by education historian and activist Diane Ravitch was supported by, of all people, Peter Cunningham, the former director of communications for Education Secretary Arne Duncan and still an unofficial Duncan adviser who has been a fierce Ravitch critic. In a Huffington Post column last year he started by saying:

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