As a teacher of 44 years in public and private schools, I would like to respond to The Seattle Times editorial on tweaking school boards [“Tweaking Seattle School Board governance could improve performance,” Opinion, Feb. 12]. Good companies such as Boeing and Nordstrom would not be better run if their boards were composed of…More
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Finally, there is something in the newspaper that is candid toward public education [“The myth about public schools,” Opinion, Sept. 21]. For the last 15 years or so, private companies and citizens have tried to dismantle and modify education using skewed statistics backed by financial agendas. It’s about time the truth is told,…More
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
At the end of his guest column, Dick Dickinson asks: If military instructors maintain such a high morale while also educating their personnel effectively, why can’t civilian educators do the same? [“Reward teachers like military officers,” Opinion, July 17]. The answer is simple: Military personnel want to be there. They are all motivated, because they signed…More
The assumption that with experience comes increased quality of teaching, is inaccurate or, at minimum, an over-generalization [“How gaps in teacher quality widen the gaps in student achievement,” Education Lab, June 6].
As there are veteran teachers of high and low quality, there are first- and second-year teachers with equal if not greater merit. Often with youth comes innovative approaches, enthusiasm and a love for the teaching profession that has not been dampened by bureaucratic suffocation — a determination to “do as we have always done,” an attitude that teaching is a job or worse, that the non-future ofMore
Parental poverty Michael Lundin briefly referred to the great obstacles that keep education in the U.S. dead centered: race and poverty. [“Guest column: How to train great teachers,” Opinion, Sept. 5.] They are really the same problem. We use race to justify the poverty we see in the inner cities. The question that rushes to mind is,…More
Teachers want to teach The Seattle Times has long portrayed a dim view of teachers’ unions, but it is time for the public to have a clear understanding of what school employees hold dear to their hearts. [“Seattle schools start today as teachers OK contract,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 4.] Despite the disrespect shown to many school…More
Irreplaceable depth A second to Sara Mosle’s guest column, from a retired public schoolteacher. [“Why parents make better teachers,” Opinion, Sept. 1.] My success derived from two sources. I had been a lousy student in high school, after my dad died when I was 14. My wife and I raised five children together. Both of these…More
A level playing field Now the big negotiation piece for teachers is being evaluated by test results. [“Seattle teachers to vote on new pact,” page one, Sept. 2.] Well, let’s make it a level playing field. If teachers are held accountable in this manner, so should the administration, students and parents. Should class size be significantly lowered…More
Teachers and parents should stop whining Everyone is tired of Seattle area teachers whining right around school start time. This time it is about using test scores to judge them. [“Teachers vote down contract proposal,” NW Tuesday, Aug. 27.] I have two issues with this anti-test-score perspective. First, if tests are good enough to affect or determine…More