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August 3, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Teachers must learn on the job, in a real-world setting

Everybody learns on the job, so do teachers (“Teachers can’t learn on the job,” Opinion, July 29). Every year my content knowledge and  teaching unrelated survival aptitude improved. The problem with our teacher education system is that the theories taught at teacher colleges are not really applicable to the realities of a public-school classroom,…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, James Behrend, learning

July 24, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Education reform

Parents play a part In her guest column, Liv Finne concludes by saying that “reforms that give most Washington parents a greater voice in their children’s education will have to wait for another day.” [“WEA blocked education reforms,” Opinion, July 16.] Do parents realize the great voice they already have in their children’s education … at…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: children, education, learning

July 19, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Washington Education Association and reform

Column was false Liv Finne of the Washington Policy Center is entitled to her opinions, but she shouldn’t make things up. [“Guest column: WEA blocked education reforms,” Opinion, July 16.] Her claim that “the most important factor in whether students are learning is the quality of the teacher in the classroom” is false. Longstanding research confirms…

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Comments | More in Education, Politics | Topics: classsrooms, education, kids

July 18, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Washington Education Association and reforms

Guest columnist denies facts Shame on Liv Finne. Her statement that reducing class size is not effective in producing high-performing schools is disingenuous, at best. [“Guest column: WEA blocked education reforms,” Opinion, July 16.] Research has shown that reducing class size, particularly in K-3 classrooms, can and does boost student performance. My guess is that Finne chooses…

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Comments | More in Education, Politics | Topics: classroom sizes, education, funding

June 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Reading over the summer

Keep kids on track As schools let out for summer, Washington’s children will settle into a long-awaited summer break. However, for more than 283,000 of Washington’s children living in poverty, summer means boredom, loss of free school meals and limited access to programs that keep them learning, nourished and ready to return to school on track…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: children, education, kids