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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Education
September 16, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Funding education: Responsibility rests solely with the Legislature

I would like to respond to the column by Jon Talton “Eyes turn to superrich to fill university gap” [Business/Technology, Sept. 13]. I agree that there is a critical need to support higher education in this state. However, relying on the generosity of the superrich, who have already given generously to most of the…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: college funding, education, Jon Talton

September 16, 2014 at 7:05 AM

College: Requiring liberal arts education is counterproductive for some students

Whether the aim of higher education is to provide vocational skills or to enrich lives through exposure to the arts has been a matter of controversy for decades. A recent letter to the editor proposed incorporating liberal arts into the curriculum of every discipline in an effort to instill in graduates “a full appreciation of…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Bonnie Baffaro, college, education

September 13, 2014 at 9:04 AM

College education: Expand studies and minds

Columnist David Brooks has been writing on what constitutes a college education, or perhaps more importantly what is the aim of a college education [“How to become a real person through college,” Opinion, Sept. 9]. It seems to me that in earlier days before and immediately after World War II, the aim was…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: college, David Wigglesworth, education

September 12, 2014 at 3:45 PM

McCleary decision: Supreme Court made wrong decision in contempt ruling

I don’t agree that the Washington State Supreme Court made the right contempt ruling in the school funding case, or for that matter, that it has such power in any case ["State Supreme Court’s contempt ruling makes point on education, not obstacles," Opinion, Sept. 11]. It seems to me a violation of the fundamental…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Ken Warren, Legislature

August 27, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Let students sleep in for better education results

More sleep leads to better education The new school year once again revives the controversy over school start times [“Pediatricians’ Rx for school: Later start lets kids sleep,” News, Aug. 25]. Recent articles in The Wall Street Journal and Seattle Times refer to data showing start times earlier than 8:30 a.m. have numerous negative effects…

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Comments | More in Education, Health | Topics: education, health

August 27, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Blame laws like No Child Left Behind for failing schools

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…

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Comments | More in Education, Education reform | Topics: education, No Child Left Behind

August 21, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Education: Class-size reduction necessary to McCleary compliance

In its editorial “One budget-buster down: pension lawsuits; another around the corner: Initiative 1351,” [Opinion, Aug. 15] The Seattle Times suggests that Initiative 1351’s class-size improvements go beyond what is required by the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision ordering the Legislature to fully fund K-12 public education. This is simply wrong. In fact, the…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: ESHB 2261, Gary Plano, Initiative 1351

August 18, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Universal pre-K: After-school programs important as well

Letter writer Jack McCarthy didn’t fully explain why parents of disadvantaged families are unable to provide their children with pre-K school as well as education support during their school years [“Good preschool is an ‘academic rocket boost’,” Northwest Voices, Aug. 11]. Many disadvantaged parents are poorly educated themselves and might not value education as…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Bob Dorse, education, pre-K

August 11, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Universal pre-K: Good preschool is an ‘academic rocket boost’

The Seattle Times is right to recognize the value of high-quality preschool instruction based on models tested elsewhere in the nation [“In November, make the right choice for universal pre-K in Seattle,” Opinion, July 30]. Rice University research by Betty Hart and Todd Risley found that, by age three, children born into economically disadvantaged…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation, education, Jack McCarthy

August 7, 2014 at 7:04 AM

McCleary decision: State needs to fix tax system to properly fund education

The Seattle Times’ editorial recounts the dismal outcomes of Washington’s public education system, but recommends the same old solution: let the Legislature do its work ["Heed former governors on McCleary education case," Opinion, Aug. 5]. It should be clear after 40 years of litigation that mushing around with the current system isn’t going…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, McCleary decision, state Constitution

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