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February 18, 2015 at 6:46 AM

To improve school boards, add teachers

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…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, John Fenoli, school board

September 28, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Public education: A more accurate view of the system

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,…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: Catherine Rampell, education, public schools

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,…


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

July 21, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Rewarding teachers: The key difference from the military is motivation

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…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: Dan Magill, Dick Dickinson, education

June 11, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Teacher merit isn’t solely determined by seniority

Donna Grethen / Op Art

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 of


Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Education Lab, pay scale

September 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Training great teachers

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,…


Comments | More in Education, Seattle | Topics: education, parents, public school

September 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Seattle school teachers approve contract

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…


Comments | More in Education, Seattle | Topics: accountability, education, evaluation

September 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM

The best teachers are also parents

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…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, parents, public school

September 3, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Grading Seattle teachers

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…


Comments | More in Education, Politics, Seattle | Topics: agreement, evaluation, public schools

September 3, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Using test scores to evaluate teachers

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…


Comments | More in Education, Seattle | Topics: education, evaluation, public schools

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