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August 30, 2013 at 12:56 PM
As a lifelong Husky football fan, a University of Washington alum, a past season ticket-holder and current holder of a ticket for the Boise State game, I’m hoping to see an unequivocal butt-kicking by the Dawgs on Saturday. But I’m hugely relieved that Husky coach Steve Sarkisian is doing it the right way and apparently suspending preseason All-American tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Seattle Times Husky football writer Adam Jude reports today that Seferian-Jenkins is sitting out a one-game suspension for his off-season, drunk-driving conviction. According to the story, Sarkisian originally issued a two-game suspension, but let Seferian-Jenkins earn back a game.
That’s pretty much what this Seattle Times editorial recommended (no word on Kasen Williams’ status on Saturday). Sitting out the Huskies’ biggest star sends a message to his players, the community and aspiring athletes that Washington won’t win at any cost, as other schools do. The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article and graphic today on college football’s “Grid of Shame,” based in part on off-season arrests. Note Oregon: a powerhouse, but an embarrassment.
Sarkisian has got an unusual vote of confidence this morning from ex-Husky football coach Rick Neuheisel. When Neuheisel’s star tight end, Jerramy Stevens, pleaded guilty to hit-and-run for crashing into a retirement home, he sat for a half-game against Michigan in the 2001 season opener.
“It was the wrong message,” Neuheisel told KJR 950 host Mitch Levy this morning (beginning at 11:20 mark). “I should have just suspended him and made him understand that those kind of things can’t be tolerated.”
June 24, 2013 at 8:51 AM
A highly-anticipated national rating of teacher training programs has landed with a thud, as this Seattle Times editorial noted. Anytime a sacred cow is caught in the crosshairs, the debate shifts to the messenger rather than the message. That explains why the National Council on Teacher Quality is now on the defensive following its attempt to rate higher education on how well it prepares teachers for the classroom. The goal was to help aspiring teachers and school systems figure out which universities to do business with. The institutions were evaluated on 18 standards, using a four-star rating system.
NCTQ points out that more than 20 state superintendents, 82 school superintendents and 50 education, children and business and civil rights advocacy groups across 38 states have announced their support of the review. Response from teacher training programs ranged from measured disagreement at the University of Washington, which oddly received very low marks. (I say oddly because the program is quite well regarded.) Washington State University received the state’s only three-star rating. From what I know WSU has an excellent program, but what makes it so far above the UW is worthwhile reading in the report.
So is the NCTQ report the new teacher training bible or an inaccurate punch from the accountability police? (more…)
May 28, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Tuesday’s editorial argues there’s a difference between health systems that merge and those that are setting up a new working relationship. I urge us all to resist painting UW Medicine‘s latest community hospital ally, PeaceHealth, with the same broad brush that many might be tempted to apply to the entire Catholic hospital system.
The UW Medicine-PeaceHealth “strategic affiliation” announced last week is more or less a referral network that is intended to serve two major purposes. First, officials say their goal is to provide patients of all backgrounds with seamless care in an age of complex health care reforms that will demand better outcomes. Second, we’re looking at an opportunity to train the next generation of doctors, nurses and hospital employees.
The public should not confuse this “strategic affiliation” with the other emerging trend in Washington state that will soon lead to half of all hospital beds being run by Catholic-affiliated hospitals. I certainly have some concerns about this, as previously expressed by Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat and tracked by MergerWatch.org. I believe patients in publicly-subsidized hospitals deserve to have access to the full range of health services — including abortion care, scientifically-proven stem-cell procedures and end-of-life services. At some point, lawmakers may have to set some parameters.
Of course, each hospital should be judged on its own merits. After spending considerable time on the phone with the key players in this “strategic affiliation,” including UW Medicine Chief Health System Officer Johnese Spisso and PeaceHealth Chief Strategy Officer Peter Adler, I don’t believe this particular alliance is an attempt by the Catholic church to take over the university’s venerable teaching hospital and limit what future doctors and nurses are trained to do.
May 13, 2013 at 6:15 AM
University of Washington College of Education Dean Tom Stritikus says being raised by Greek immigrant parents inspired him to approach learning as a powerful tool to improve lives. Today, he is head of a program that graduates hundreds of teachers every year. Stritikus says it’s time to shift the way we think about the profession and incorporate early learning into basic K-12 education in Washington state. He’s also critical of the region’s growing achievement gap among poor student populations and suggests teachers are the key to improving their academic outcomes.
Editorial writer Lynne K. Varner recently sat down with Stritikus to discuss the following three questions:
- What does education mean to you?
- What does an ideal education system look like?
- What’s one reform Washington needs now?
Stritikus is the sixth guest in our “Education Conversations” video series. Watch below:
“Education Conversations” is an occasional series from The Seattle Times editorial board, highlighting the latest thinking in education.
These short segments expand on our “3 to 23″ education initiative, an ongoing effort to redefine the state’s duty to educate children between the ages of 3 and 23. Watch all of our videos so far at this link.