Should schools limit students' use of outside resources?

10/18/2010 | Washington Post, The

Class rules for an AP World History course at a Fairfax County, Va., high school are limiting student curiosity, argues Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews. He writes that the guidelines for the class ban students from using materials other than their textbook for class assignments or discussing their school work with anyone -- including parents and friends -- without permission. Mathews says the policy limits students' exploration in libraries or online, while teachers say the policy levels the playing field for students.

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