Education policy has failed, not legislators. The editorial yesterday “blaming” legislators for “failing school” letters is itself a failure [“Thank lawmakers for ‘failing school’ letters,” Opinion, Aug. 24]. The blame should go to the Bush/Kennedy concoction called No Child Left Behind (NCLB). NCLB and its successor Race to the Top were and are bankrupt pieces…More
Category: Education reform
Guest columnist Jenée Myers Twitchell quite correctly paints a picture of high school counselors staggered by too many responsibilities on their plates[“Give high-school counselors a chance to collaborate,” Education Lab, April 17]. As a former high-school counselor, I think she is right on this point. Time — or the lack thereof — is the…More
We need to replicate Finland’s educational system
I’m really sick and tired of people like guest columnist Kimberly Lasher Mitchell who claim to be a reformer of public education [“I’m a proud education reformer,” Opinion, Dec. 2].
The truth is that without so-called reforms her position as co-founder of Inquiry Partners would be meaningless and without profit.
And that is the problem with the current educational reforms — they are motivated by profit. Diane Ravitch, in her new book called “Reign of Error,” exposes this profit motive and the absurdity of the new educational reforms. It should be required reading for everyone associated with education.
Reducing class size will lead to large improvements I’m really getting frustrated and angry with all the so-called educational “reformers,” like Kevin Welner [“Challenging students to succeed,” Opinion, Oct. 28]. As a retired public school teacher who taught for 34 years, I can tell you that Kevin’s opinion on how to improve student learning is flat out…More
Invest in clean energy first How can we expect students to get excited about learning sciences when half our politicians deny the truth of the most significant scientific finding of all time? [“Let’s dazzle them with science,” Opinion, June 11.] We need to move investments into production of clean-energy technology like solar, wind, geothermal and efficiency,…More
Reinstate Jon Greenberg I am not a teacher, but I’ve had a few good ones — very few. And Jon Greenberg sounds like the best [“Teacher’s transfer protested at board meeting,” NWThursday, June 6].To censure him or punish him for challenging students to be honest and think critically is uncalled for. What a travesty and…More
Don’t just talk the talk As an elementary-school teacher currently in my 10th year, I agree with The Seattle Times editorial board that much more must be done to decrease the number of high-school dropouts in our state [“Editorial: Lower the dropout rate,” Opinion, May 27]. The editorial highlighted Senate Bill 5237 as a possible steppingstone…More
Leave teachers who teach It is surprising that a high-school teacher at an alternative high school in Seattle can be transferred because one student’s family is uncomfortable with his “Courageous Conversations” class on racial and social-justice issues [“Teacher’s transfer protested at board meeting,” NWThursday, June 6]. They only filed two complaints against this teacher, and…More
A lesson on speaking out My daughter is a provisional special-education teacher of autistic children at a local public elementary school [“State instructs Seattle schools to fix problems in its special ed,” page one, June 2]. She was advised that the school district was not going to renew her contract. The school did not give her…More
Build federal-state partnership The Times rightly backs increased investments in preschool [“Editorial: Preschool trickles up,” Opinion, May 19]. But Washington doesn’t have to go it alone. It’s about fairness. Just 48 percent of low-income children enter kindergarten school-ready, compared to three-fourths of higher-income kids. Quality pre-K levels the playing field, especially for poor kids. And it…More