A few from the past few days:
In The Times a look at the complicated issue of when kids should (and can) start kindergarten. And a poignant Michael Winerip column about a winner of the Scholastic Art and Writing Award.
In The Washington Post Kris Amundson takes on Virginia’s tiered diploma system – and highlights some new data on higher standards for diplomas and equity. A lot of states have these issues so the general themes apply more broadly.
And in the WaPo Jay Mathews looks at honors courses. Again broader implications than just the local issue he’s discussing. At a minimum, a good policy would be requiring informed consent from parents, after making them aware of the data on outcomes, before kids are placed in the lower-track classes. In other words make the college-prep curriculum the default one and require an opt-out.