In four years as president of Texas A&M University, former CIA director Robert M. Gates—who knows a thing or two about leading a strong, hidebound, misunderstood culture—has left few areas of campus life untouched. But putting sushi in the dining halls is nothing compared with overhauling the Aggie brand.
A tip of the hat to risk-taking, barrier-breaking, establishment-tweaking Texans.
Does incentive pay for teachers make the grade?
At Westlake, even if your parents wouldn’t spring for Ralph Lauren, you could still work your way into the in crowd.
The letter-sweater-wearing, pom-pom-shaking, pep-rally-leading girl next door has been a beloved Texas icon for generations. So why do so many people today— lawmakers and lawyers, preachers and feminists—think cheerleading is the root, root, root of all evil?
Where high school football memories are made.
What happened—and didn’t—when we “fixed” school finance the last time.
Who thinks tuition deregulation stinks? Middle-class kids—and me.
A read on textbooks.
Of course I want to help my son get a decent education. But the demands placed on parents these days are almost too much to bearwhich is why I'm in danger of flunking my life.
Garza High School principal Vicki Baldwin talks about the daily assault on public education, President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind policy, and what a non- traditional school like Garza has to offer kids.
Austin's Garza High is a rescuer of lost souls. Too bad President Bush's education-reform law considers it a failure.
A Harvard know-it-all predicts that the emerging Hispanic majority will be a drag on America. Tell it to your friends in Cambridge, bub.
Senior executive editor Paul Burka, who wrote this month's cover story, "Corps Values," talks about diversity at A&M, the future of the Corps of Cadets, and Aggie traditions.
Photographer Peter Yang on getting Aggies to pose for their portrait and what makes a good picture.
What place does tradition have at Texas A&M these days? One by one, the old ways are disappearing from the venerable campus, and many Aggies are up in arms. But embracing change may be the only way to save the school they love.
Senior editor Pamela Colloff talks about the typical A&M student, chivalry, and Aggie spirit.
Can one man change the world's largest Baptist university? He can if he's controversial preacher-president Robert Sloan, Jr. And, just maybe, one man can destroy it too.
The dream of a first-rate university rising out of the prairie north of the Colorado River is almost as old as Texas itself. Which prompts the question, When will UT finally live up to its potential?
It took a while, but I finally found my niche at the University of Texas at Austin.
Senior executive editor Paul Burka talks about this month's cover story, "Greatness Visible."
I was looking for a change when I decided to move to Austin and attend the University of Texas. Until I got there, I had no idea how big the change would be.
Juliet Garcia, president of The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, talks with us about her life and roots in South Texas.
Bill Wittliff and Edwin "Bud" Shrake, the recipients of the 2002 Texas Book Festival Bookend award, embody Texas literature today.
From elementary school to high school, we've got more than five thousand public schools ranked. See if your kid's school is making the grade.
texasmonthly.com: You are featured in Dorothy McConachie’s book, Top Texas Teachers. How were you chosen? Carolina Carner: They picked 35 teachers from across the state. One of my students nominated me at Barnes and Noble in Round Rock. McConachie got thousands of entries, and I was picked out of all…
An Austin group brings theater into schools.
In the new book, Top Texas Teachers, author Dorothy McConachie gives 35 educators top honors.
These are the best of the best—the top ten high schools in each of four economic categories, as ranked by the National Center for Educational Accountability. For the full list of more than one thousand public high schools in Texas, see page 170 (in the print copy). HIGHEST ECONOMIC GROUP…
DISTRICT/SCHOOL| STARS | % LOW INCOME | ALGEBRA PASSING RATE Pewitt/Pewitt | 5 | 50.4 | 95.0 Ysleta/Del Valle | 5 | 89.4 | 78.6 Hidalgo/Hidalgo | 5 | 96.9 | 62.1 San Antonio/Highlands | 5 | 89.0 | 57.2 San Antonio/Jefferson | 5 | 90.6 | 57.1 _________________________________________ Humble/Quest…
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Playing God at UT.
In the Gulf Coast town of Santa Fe, high school football games had always kicked off with a prayer, but in June the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the practice violated the separation of church and state. Now the issuewhich has turned neighbor against neighbor and provoked some decidedly un-Christian behavior has grown from a local controversy into a national one.
For an East Texas school, there’s nothing elementary about George W. Bush’s education plan.
See You in the Playoffs 4A La Marque has made it to the state finals six straight years. 3A Sealy won four consecutive state titles between 1994 and 1997. Both teams have racked up more than a hundred victories in the nineties, as have 5A Austin Westlake, 5A Converse Judson,…
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Even in death, the former principal of El Paso’s Cathedral High is larger than life.
Fort Worth officers and teachers get to know Marilyn Manson.
An A&M extension class gets beefy.
Why was Mirabeau B. Lamar known as the Father of Texas Education?
How five right-wing members of the State Board of Education are making life miserable for their fellow Republicans—especially George W. Bush.
A TAAS test test.
Thirty years ago I was a barrio kid with little hope for a college degree. Then the alternative school Chinquapin turned my life around.
Long before they were chart-topping musicians, Erykah Badu and Roy Hargrove made the grade at an arts magnet school in Dallas.
George W. Bush’s plan to teach every child how to read by the third grade is unquestionably the right thing to do. So how come he’s gotten such mixed reviews? (“We’ve had a hard time,” admits a Bush staffer.) The answer, like much of politics these days, is in the…
Grading the Marine Military Academy; an affirmative action reaction.
We moved to Waxahachie in the early forties, when I was about ten years old. I was a seriously dyslexic child, and no one quite knew what dyslexia was in those days. People just thought I wasn’t too swift. And my way out of it was drawing. It was something…
Race Matters I was captivated by paul Burka’s observation in “What’s Black and White and Red-faced All Over?” [December 1997] that “the only way to open the door to more minority students is to broaden—that means reduce—the standards for admissions.” The real question for society is this: Shall we lower…