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March 2, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Boycott testing tied to Common Core

Over the years, I’ve tried to talk to many teachers about the state of education reform. What I’ve come up against time and time again is fear — long-standing, well-established fear of retribution from administrators. It is a thing, and it’s an obstacle to high-quality public education. But times they are a changing, and teachers across…


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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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August 13, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Education reform in Seattle

Teachers can only do so much As a high-school teacher with 32 years of experience, I read your Sunday editorial and once again reflected on the fact that everyone seems to know what is best for education, particularly if he or she has never been involved in the system except as students or parents. [“Teachers,...


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May 27, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Education reform

Lack of parenting is part of the problem In Bruce Ramsey’s education-reform column, he wrote: “Schooling comes down to the quality of the people: What they aim for, what they insist on, what they allow.” I agree [“Education reform is only part of answer to student achievement,” Opinion, May 22]. As a former teacher, I don’t believe…


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