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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Higher education
April 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Rob McKenna’s advice for Washington state Republicans

Tactics aren’t the main problem When I saw that Rob McKenna used terms like “reset button” and “sober reflection” to introduce his recent Times guest column on the state GOP, I thought perhaps he and his fellow Republicans may be having a true awakening regarding the unfortunate path the GOP has taken in recent years, especially…


Comments | Topics: GOP, McKenna

March 22, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Study shows online courses could worsen achievement gap

Online learning suits some A recent Seattle Times article highlights the need to improve success in online courses; however, there’s more to the story [“Online classes could widen achievement gap, study shows,” NWSunday, March 17]. Online courses at two-year colleges make higher education possible for thousands of working adults — many of whom are parents —…


Comments | More in Education, Higher education, technology | Topics: achievement gap, online education

March 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

State members of Congress support science, math education

Science education should start earlier Here we go again. Time and again, Bill Gates and his ilk look to high schools and colleges to bring up student achievement in math and science [“Science, math education backers find friends in U.S. Capitol,” NWWednesday, March 20]. Yet, since the state doesn’t test students in science until eighth…


Comments | More in Education, Higher education, Microsoft, technology, Washington Legislature | Topics: STEM

March 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM

State ‘Dream Act’ passes in Washington House

U.S. makes immigration too easy Regarding “State version of ‘Dream Act’ passes the House,” [NWThursday, March 14]: A man is trying to decide which of two countries he’ll immigrate to illegally. Both countries welcome legal immigrants, but he’s impatient and doesn’t want to stand in line with law-abiding immigrants. Country A eventually rewards him with citizenship through…


Comments | More in Education, Higher education, Immigration, Washington Legislature | Topics: Dream Act

March 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM

State should lift ban on funding higher ed for inmates

Prison may offer first access to education Thank you for the editorial in support of lifting the ban on funding higher education for prison inmates [“Lift state ban on funding higher ed for inmates,” Opinion, March 5]. The image many people have of the incarcerated is that of the hard-core criminal. Although this belief is common,…


Comments | More in crime/justice, Education, Higher education, Washington Legislature | Topics: House Bill 1429, prison system

June 24, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Tuition breaks for foreign students

Education for foreign wealthy, unemployment for local grads Your article [“State grants tuition break for foreign professionals,” page one, June 22] regarding the new state bill to grant tuition breaks for foreign professionals and families really disturbs me. Most of the recipients are well-paid foreigners, filling jobs our young professionals are unable to find when they graduate…


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June 19, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Higher education

Low graduation rates don’t mean system is failing Liz Tidyman was appalled in her letter to the editor [“Higher education may no longer be worth it,” Northwest Voices, June 6] that only 59 percent of those who enter college in this state eventually graduate. But as a matter of fact, that is not only higher than…


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June 10, 2009 at 3:21 PM

WWU professor under fire

Many former students doing well The article about Western Washington University drama professor Perry Mills was woefully one-sided [“Professor says he provokes, but others call it abusive.” page one, June 9]. The reporter failed to interview students who are supportive of Mills, of which there are many. Theatre is an extremely difficult business, yet WWU students have…


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June 10, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Higher education

Family support the key to college It is going to take a lot more than money to fix the education problems in this state and this country. The fact that only one third of eligible eighth- and ninth-grade students have signed up with Washington’s College Success Foundation shows that there is relatively little interest in pursuing…


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June 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

College graduation

Higher education may no longer be worth it We sacrifice our young people and their very future on the altar of consumerism that the college experience has become. The Times quotes the American Enterprise Institute that the college-graduation rate in our state is 59 percent in six years [“College graduation rate: We’re among the best, but…


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