When Robert Frost choose between two roads that diverged in the woods it made all the difference, but Mississippi is hoping that converging roads for college prep and career and technical education into career pathways will make the difference for their students by providing more options.


On Friday I was reading The Washington Post, and although I don't usually spend much time in the sports section, this headline got my attention: How to Measure $100 Million of Impact Since my job is to impact student learning, I was intrigued by the idea of paying one person one hundred million dollars for his impact on playing a game. While I didn't know anything about Albert Haynesworth, he clearly represents a very big investment for the Washington Redskins. I was particularly interested when I discovered that Haynesworth is a defensive tackle. Now if you didn't know anything about ...


Stressing over what to wear is a back-to-school ritual for both students and teachers—and it does matter, says Susan Graham.


Does the government's plan for addressing the H1N1 influenza this fall align with the reality of what schools can do.


Back in the spring my daughter plunked a book down on the kitchen cabinet as I was making coconut cream pie. “Can’t stay, but I had to drop by to bring you this. Read it, you’re going to love it.” I put the book in my To Read pile and sort of forgot about it. Julie and Julia just sat around the house with me for a couple of months before I found time for the two of them, but once I started, we stayed up late together. Although they were separated by generations, they shared a desire ...


The parking lots of Walmart, Target, Kohl’s and the super-mall were all packed last weekend. It was Virginia’s annual Back to School Tax-Free Weekend. School supplies priced under $20 and clothing and shoes costing less than $100 were exempted from the 5% sales tax. Protective items, sports equipment, and computer products were excluded. There was no limit on the total you could spend. The only restriction was that each item must be priced below the $20 school supply ceiling or $100 clothing and shoe ceiling. I wondered if that meant only children’s clothing, so I went to ...


Last week I wrote about the Dirty Little Business of cutting school costs by cutting career and technical education. Claus von Zastrow, over at Public School Insights, asked ….Is there cause for concern when attendance at 4-year colleges continues to be bound by SES (socioeconomic status)? Well, that depends…… All across our country, we are telling young people that a degree from a four year college is a ticket to a bright future. But going to college doesn’t guarantee success. And in fact, graduating from college doesn’t insure anything either. Ask the boomerang young adult who has moved ...


With the fall school term about to start, the superintendents of Long Beach and Pass Christian school districts are busy trying to find replacement classes for vocational students. “It’s a very good program and the community college did an outstanding job with it,” Long Beach Superintendent Carrolyn Hamilton said,” but we have budget problems and we have to balance our budget.…… That left us no choice but to cut the vocational classes. Running a vocational program is expensive…..” But not running a vocational program may be even more expensive in the long run. The vocational classes no longer funded ...


I was thrilled to hear from Catharine Bellinger, whose Washington Post article I critiqued last week. And this week I'd like to follow up on that with................... I INTERRUPT MY REGULARLY SCHEDULED BLOG FOR THIS BREAKING NEWS ITEM: As their colleagues on the ground signified the 40th anniversary of a man’s stepping onto the Moon’s surface, astronauts on the International Space Station tended to a more mundane task: fixing a toilet. Put an 'Out-of-Service' note on the WHC (waste and hygiene compartment)," Mission Control's Hal Getselman told a crewmember after a fruitless attempt at repairs. Station flight director ...


I couldn’t help but smile at his teacherly soul when Jay Mathews wrote: It has been a while since I had a guest columnist in this space. I have never before turned the blog over to one younger than my own children. So let me introduce Catharine Bellinger, a Princeton sophomore who has plans to start a campus journal on education policy. I suggested she practice with a topic provocative enough to get her in trouble, a good place for all writers to be. My question to her, inspired by her experiences in the D.C. schools, is: “Should ...


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