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Category: Education reform
December 5, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Public education reformers are motivated by profit

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.

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November 5, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Let teachers reform the classroom

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…

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June 12, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Next Generation Science in schools

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,…

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June 9, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Teachers protest transfer of colleague

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…

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June 9, 2013 at 6:31 AM

High-school dropout rate

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…

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June 7, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Teachers protest transfer of colleague

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…

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June 7, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Special education in schools

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…

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May 31, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Funding for early learning

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…

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May 20, 2013 at 6:37 AM

The cost of a college education

Do the math There have been numerous articles on the burden of student debt on college graduates citing loan balances of $80,000, $100,000 or more [“Student debt hurts more than just grads,” seattletimes.com, May 10]. I am a firm believer in availability of a college education for anyone who desires one, and in Washington there are many…

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March 24, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Washington state mental-health reform

Health should come before education The editorial applauding recent packages of mental-health legislation is right on track [“Mental-health reform,” Opinion, March 22]. Senate Bill 5732 and House Bill 1522 would ease the horrific mental-health crisis by funding more psychiatric beds. I must, however, take issue with placing education funding first. What kind of education are we…

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