Praise for QUESTION EVERYTHING
"One of the country′s leading education writers gives a fascinating, in–depth look at the nation′s largest college preparatory program a program that you probably don′t know about, but should."
William J. Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education; host of the nationally syndicated talk show Morning in America
"Jay Mathews is a true friend of public education. For decades he has been exploring and writing about what works and what doesn′t. In Question Everything, he shares his knowledge of AVID, an inquiry–based, orderly–learning program that he and its teachers have found to be most effective in preparing students for college, careers, and life."
Richard W. Riley, former U. S. Secretary of Education
"This wonderfully readable biography of AVID spotlights both a commonsense program′s solid record in preparing kids for college success and its neglect by education pundits and policymakers keener on doing battle than focusing on what actually works."
Chester E. Finn Jr., distinguished senior fellow, Thomas B. Fordham Institute; senior fellow, Hoover Institution
"For principals and school leaders who want to increase access, equity, and student achievement, Mathews′ description of AVID, a program that I used in my school with great success, is both insightful and practical."
Mel Riddile, NASSP Associate Director; former National High School Principal of the Year
"AVID hands students the keys to open their educational gates. The program serves as a model of data–backed best practices that will continue to impact children for years to come. Mathews provides a rich history of the program and why it means so much to those of us in the world of AVID."
Robin Ilac, AVID Secondary & Elementary District Director, Guadalupe Union School District, Guadalupe, CA
Taking AVID Home 7
Tortuous Journey of a Teacher s Idea 15
Boise Schools Changed by Love 29
Prove to Me You Got an A in Everything 35
Showing America How to Take Notes 43
Teachers Afraid of Tough Courses 47
Asking Rather Than Answering Questions 59
Bringing the Power of Tutoring to El Cajon High 71
Santa Barbara Rejects AVID 79
Our Teacher Said We Couldn t Take the Test 87
AVID on 60 Minutes II 91
Changing the Mess at Bell Gardens High 99
Three Days at the Summer Institute: A Crash Course in AVID 105
I Don t Care If I Have to Haul You Down There Myself 117
Losing It in Atlanta 125
Inside Tutoring 129
Don t Give Me That, Akila 135
Looking for More Mr. Searcys 141
Struggles of an Average AVID Program 147
A Friend, a Teacher, a Mentor 161
Checklist for AVID Greatness 167
All Students Need More of a Challenge 173
Taking AVID to the Other Side of the World 181
New York Site Team s Philadelphia Adventure 189
Precious Is Making a Big Mistake 195
Escaping Death, Making AVID Cost–Effective 201
Research Results: Slow Groups Make You Dumb 205
Surprise Leader Creates Giant AVID District 211
Up and Down in Chicago 215
From7–Eleven to AVID 223
Spreading AVID to Elementary School and College .231
A Veteran Superintendent Becomes AVID Leader 239
McKay Wins One in Madison, Indiana 245
About the Author 255
JAY MATHEWS is an award–winning education columnist. He writes for the Washington Post and is the author of nine books. Creator of the annual America′s Most Challenging High Schools ratings, published on washingtonpost.com. Mathews has won numerous awards including the Upton Sinclair Award as "a beacon of light in the realm of education" and the Eugene Meyer Award for distinguished service to the Washington Post.