Why does education always have to serve some material end? [“We have a fixation on income inequality,” Opinion, Feb. 4]. This kind of materialism breeds a sick culture. The more that we attempt to tie education to the economy, the sicker our culture becomes. The love of learning should be valued as much as…More
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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,…More
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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More