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Category: Teachers
March 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Seattle Public Schools’ Courageous Conversations curriculum

Lessons have power to change hearts and minds I am writing in wholehearted support of Jon Greenberg and his Citizenship & Social Justice course at the Center School [“We shouldn’t be afraid to have Courageous Conversations,” Opinion, March 21]. My son graduated from the Center School in 2007. He was a student in Greenberg’s Poetry…

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March 25, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Courageous Conversations: race and gender curricula

Seattle Public Schools and the city need to take a clear stand Teacher Jon Greenberg challenges on Seattle Public Schools to decide whether or not it is against racism in our public schools [“We shouldn’t be afraid to have Courageous Conversations,” Opinion, March 21]. His call should also wake up our city. We pride ourselves on…

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March 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Online education less successful than face-to-face classes

Today’s students, teachers don’t want to work Somewhere along the line “public school” became “education.” In this transformation the old “public school” readin’, ’ritin’ and ’rithmetic taught in the form of math facts, grammar, civics, Latin, sentence diagraming, geography, etc., were eliminated. They were eliminated because they required work to learn and work to teach. They…

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March 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Discipline in Seattle Public Schools

Lack of comfort should not warrant avoiding an issue While I was certainly encouraged by Jerry Large’s column covering the Department of Education’s investigation into racially biased discipline rates for Seattle-area students [“Better ways to change misbehavior,” NWMonday, March 11], I found myself troubled with a phrase found within Large’s follow-up column regarding discipline improvement:…

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March 13, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Discipline in Seattle Public Schools sparks debate, federal investigation

Teachers cannot be held responsible for parental role As a retired professor who spent 27 of his 32 years in higher education teaching in public four- and two-year colleges, I concur entirely with Dan Magill’s excellent argument about the need to discipline, and at times, evict disruptive students from class [“Sometimes, a student should go,”…

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March 7, 2013 at 4:00 PM

MAP boycott aims to remove test scores from teacher evaluations

Stop blaming teachers The next time Michelle Rhee has an opinion about an issue in Seattle schools she should do her homework [“MAP boycott is about keeping test scores out of teacher evaluations,” Opinion, March 6]. Teachers in Seattle agree that student assessments can be useful. Boycott leaders were very clear — they don’t like the…

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February 22, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Michelle Rhee’s suggestions for Washington state schools

Rhee puts students first Thank you for a very interesting and thought-provoking piece on Michelle Rhee [“Rhee has some advice for state schools,” NWWednesday, Feb. 20]. Clearly she has thought deeply about education in America and truly cares about what’s best for children. Hopefully there’ll be a day when it isn’t regarded as revolutionary that families…

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September 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Kent teachers strike: Spend some time in teachers’ shoes

To protect teachers’ rights and public interest, introduce binding arbitration No matter which side you believe is right in the labor dispute between Kent’s teachers and their district’s management, we can all agree teachers should receive fair contracts and a teachers strike is never in the public interest. So when negotiations reach an impasse, how can…

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September 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Kent teacher’s strike illegal: Should they abandon picket lines?

Strike illegal, but will teachers face consequences? For being educated people, striking Kent teachers don’t seem to understand their strike is illegal, yet they still serve no consequence for their action. [“Kent teachers delay decision on whether to stay on strike,” page one, Sept. 4.] Kent teachers point their fingers at other school districts when they talk…

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September 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Kent strike: Are teachers right to picket?

Low teacher pay, oppressive administration at issue in strike Editor, The Times: As a 22-year occupational therapist (OT) and member of the Kent Education Association, I am personally appalled at how my very own school district administration is treating our dedicated staff in this bargaining process. Why are we still on strike? First, we have a constitutional right…

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