Is Quality Pre-Kindergarten the Key to a Better Vocabulary?

By Bonnie Rochman Preschool might seem like nothing more than child’s play — a riot of high-spirited kids engaged in finger painting, blockbuilding and games. But a new study of Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) free pre-kindergarten program — which relies on a predetermined curriculum and actively coaches teachers — found that participation significantly boosts kindergarten readiness. Children…

Better Colleges Failing to Lure Talented Poor

By DAVID LEONHARDT from NYT Most low-income students who have top test scores and grades do not even apply to the nation’s best colleges, according to a new analysis of every high school student who took the SAT in a recent year. Graphic How Top Students of Different Incomes Apply for College Readers’ Comments Readers shared their thoughts…