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Category: Education
February 18, 2015 at 6:46 AM

To improve school boards, add teachers

As a teacher of 44 years in public and private schools, I would like to respond to The Seattle Times editorial on tweaking school boards [“Tweaking Seattle School Board governance could improve performance,” Opinion, Feb. 12]. Good companies such as Boeing and Nordstrom would not be better run if their boards were composed of…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, John Fenoli, school board

February 7, 2015 at 8:58 AM

It’s telling that Texas A&M football coach makes more than Michael Young will

THE article on University of Washington President Michael Young leaving for Texas A&M says a lot about what is backwards in today’s society. Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp is quoted as saying, “He will be one of the best paid college presidents in the state of Texas. He probably won’t make what an assistant…

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February 6, 2015 at 11:39 AM

Raising the minimum wage: A path to educational opportunities

Columnist Richard S. Davis argues that improved education and training opportunities, not minimum-wage increases, would result in greater economic mobility [“We have a fixation on income inequality,” Opinion, Feb. 4]. In actuality, if we are to educate and train more Washingtonians, we must increase the minimum wage. The person being educated or trained needs…

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Comments | More in Education, minimum wage | Topics: education, Jennifer Moon, Minimum Wage

February 3, 2015 at 4:13 PM

Language programs: Important to learn at a young age

Seattle area public schools are much maligned these days as they try to do more things for a more varied student body with less funding than they need. It was a treat to read Sarah Stuteville’s column about the Vietnamese language immersion program [“Vietnamese taught at school with community in mind,” Local News, Jan….

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Jeff Stonehill, language

January 28, 2015 at 6:08 AM

Education for inmates: Create valuable members of society

Bravo, for The Seattle Times’ endorsement of Washington state providing education for convicted inmates [“Educating inmates is a wise investment for Wash.,” Opinion, Jan. 23]. To use the tired phrase, this would seem to be a no-brainer. You would wish that when an inmate is released that he or she would be able to…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, inmates, justice

January 26, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Reader callout: Parents, teachers share ideas for fixing discipline

As part of The Seattle Times’ ongoing series on school discipline, Education Lab recently asked readers to share their experiences with student discipline. A selection of these responses are below. Go the the original post in Education Lab for more responses.

Want to add your own two cents? Go here to share your thoughts. The blog may publish another round of responses at a later date.

How have you seen discipline handled well?

Discipline has worked when I’ve seen adults willing to be a mediator for helping students listen to each other. Establishing agreements (not rules) beforehand and continuing to revisit them is also helpful. When children know they can trust, they will be heard, they are more willing to listen and learn and be guided.

–Marcia Christen, Poulsbo

I see more schools using positive behavioral supports. We have to teach kids how to behave and the right social skills to get their needs met. Suspending them only makes it worse.

–Lori Lynass (teacher), Shoreline

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Education Lab, school discipline

January 23, 2015 at 5:24 PM

No Child Left Behind: Impossible standards for teachers, students

Thanks to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray [“Fix Outdated Federal Education Law,” Opinion, Jan. 13] for her common-sense ideas about the education today. I can remember sitting at a faculty meeting in 2002 when No Child Left Behind was first introduced to us. We, the teachers, looked at each other in bewilderment, knowing NCLB wouldn’t work. All…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, No Child Left Behind, Roger J. Wong

January 17, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Education: Balance duties of K-12 and early learning

The recent Seattle Times editorial “Early education’s promise needs funding” [Opinion, Jan. 12] extolled the undisputed benefits of investing in early learning. In recent years this call for investments has grown and enjoyed widespread support. Advocating for policies that fund early learning has always been relevant to promoting school success, closing the achievement gap,…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: early learning, education, K-12

January 16, 2015 at 6:05 AM

Free community college would stratify educational attainment

I fear Danny Westneat’s enthusiasm for President Obama’s free college proposal [“Ahead of the curve on the free college idea,” Local News, Jan. 9] is a bit misplaced. As he admits, it certainly sounds too good to be true. While the calculations of Sara Goldrick-Rab and others are technically accurate, they exclude considerations of…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Brett Bertucio, community college, Danny Westneat

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