"Turning the Tables: The Decadence of 2007 and 2015"

Robert Oscar Lopez rants about a bunch of stuff. Sample:

Most English majors are actually specializing in creative writing, but they do take one course in American literature prior to 1900.  That’s my course, and I like to say they’ll have to pry it out of my dead, cold hands.  Every time I make such jokes, I get called in for another 90-day investigation.

He's kidding.

I think.

"A College Without Classes"

Not for everyone, but that's the point. It sounds really good for some students and some faculty.

The people who design the courses work with the private sector decide what competencies and subject matters are important for students to learn, but often use learning resources from third parties, rather than making courses up from scratch. This model likely makes proponents of research universities a little nervous.

I bet.

"'You’re Not Going to Give Up'"

Following last month's post on good news about New Orleans charters, here's some good news about D.C.'s  

It’s a success that’s seen in student lives: At Thurgood Marshall Academy, 100 percent of the school’s graduates are accepted into college. And two-thirds of those students finish college, a rate that is higher than the national average—and about eight times the rate for D.C. students in general, says principal Alexandra Pardo.

Keep in mind that about a third of TMA’s entering ninth-graders start off at or below a fifth-grade level of proficiency in math and reading, and come from 50 to 60 different middle schools across Washington, Pardo adds.

This, the academy’s leaders explain, is charter schools done right.

And here's one excellent reason why demand for D.C. charters will continue to grow: "Here’s the Outrageous Dollar Amount You’ll Need to Spend on a Home in DC to Guarantee Your Child Attends a Good School".

Related: Chester Finn and Bruno Manno summarize the state of U.S. charters and directions for further progress. And Marcus Winters presents evidence to refute "The Myth About the Special Education Gap".

"Use These Two Words On Your College Essay to Get Into Harvard"

Some help for the kids.

These days, it takes more than impressive grades, a full roster of extracurriculars, and a deep commitment to community service to get into a well-ranked school. Experts say that a stellar essay is the linchpin that will win the admissions department over. But what is less well known is that different colleges favor particular topics and even specific words used in essays.

This is a key finding from AdmitSee, a startup that invites verified college students to share their application materials with potential applicants. High school students can pay to access AdmitSee's repository of successful college essays, while college students who share their materials receive a small payment every time someone accesses their data.