According some education “experts”, the SAT isn’t as vital as it used to be since the number of colleges requiring students to submit scores with their application is in “rapid decline”.
But leadership here in the overly-large school district seems not to have gotten the message.
In a recent segment of his Revisionist History podcast, Malcom Gladwell takes on the Lord of the Rankings. Also known as the US News & World Report annual list of the “best” colleges and universities in the United States.1
The ranking was first published in 1983 as a tool to raise their profile (and sell magazines) in the pre-internet era when they were a distant third to Time and Newsweek in the category of weekly news magazines.
The new school year has only just begun and, despite optimistic Returning Strong pronouncements, the best laid plans of school administrators are starting to fray at the edges.
There’s little real news in reporting that COVID is also coming into classrooms, although thankfully with far fewer cases than in other areas. But maybe we should be surprised in the fact that “districts have been left flat-footed as they figure out how to provide quarantined students an education from home”.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit and photograph the Lukens Steel Mill, an abandoned factory in southeastern Pennsylvania.
“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” — Abraham Maslow
When it comes to Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews, that hammer is the Advanced Placement program.