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Ken Mortland November 11, 2013 at 08:40 am
Education has historically been primarily a state function. Federal involvement has been limited toRead More interventions directed at assuring all students have free and equal access to a state's educational resources. With the creation of a Dept. of Education within the cabinet of the Executive Branch, the federal government has taken a much more directive approach to educational policy. Forbidden to order educational policies be adopted by states, the federal government induces adoption by means of requirements to receive federal funding. That has changed the landscape of educational services in America. Prior to adoption of the Common Core State Standards for Math and Reading, Washington state had spent several millions of dollars and invested thousands of hours of research & development upon its own Math and Reading Standards, as well as most other subject. I believe, as do many of my peers, that this effort was fruitful and created a viable set of state standards. The state spent further sums of money to develop, field test, and implement its own subject assessments in Math, Reading, and Writing. Called the WASL (Washington Assessment of Student Learning), it was far superior to the multiple choice bubble tests that are common in standardized testing. All that work is now swept aside by new leaders, wishing to establish their credentials as reformers and disdaining without examination the work already done in Washington as being "a mile wide and an inch deep." Test and textbook publishers have been pushing and helping fund the efforts to convert to CCSS, largely because they stand to earn billions rolling out new products. I fear this movement will actually kill the innovative capabilities of our educational system by constricting efforts within predetermined boundaries of CCSS. The flexibility to teach in response to the needs and circumstances of a community will be overridden by the requirement to teach in response only to a set of national standards that have never been field tested. Our country's individualistic nature is being solidified into a lock step national nature. Heaven help those who don't fall into step with the new order.
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Bob Martinek October 18, 2013 at 01:30 pm
Yep, we need to tell the work world that! Fat chance, one needs to adapt to the world, not theRead More other way around.
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JJ October 4, 2013 at 06:19 am
You have GOT to be kidding me. Practicing swimming doesn't improve swimmers abilities? ReadingRead More more doesn't improve your reading skills? Homework doesn't improve your recollection of the study? Well, let's just get rid of school altogether then....it's just an extension of homework. Indeed, if that's where homework comes from, clearly the real culprit is school itself.
Berta Phillips June 27, 2013 at 07:14 am
We are returning to a 180 "day" calendar, without adding any additional time back into theRead More school year. Actually there will be a little LESS instructional time now. Not to mention the fact that to take 735 instructional minutes (12.25 hours, or just about 2 full days of school), and parsing it up into five minute blocks of time to add to each day makes no sense. Is there a single teacher out there who believes that 5 minutes a day is as productive to student achievement as 2 full days of school?
Susan Milke June 27, 2013 at 09:14 am
It seems as if they are trying to make it harder for the parents to take care of their kids. MostRead More parents work so that means you either pay more for childcare after school or leave your children home alone for a few more hours by themselves. Wake up everyone, the system is setting everyone up to fail. From the police to the city council to the school board. Most are all bought and sold. Remember this when you vote in November.
Mark V Howley June 27, 2013 at 11:02 am
Dawn: It is obvious decisions were made long long before any serious attempt to gather communityRead More input. Good job for standing up...that ain't easy. The teachers union is really powerful....scary powerful. Students and parents take the back seat.
long time Woodinville resident June 28, 2013 at 03:11 pm
This issue has been going on since before my last child graduated in 1997. I see two problems. 1. IRead More will support more benefits for the teachers when they begin supporting the removal of teachers that should be doing some other job rather than working with our children (the dead weight teachers). The unions say the problem is the schools, the schools the problem is the union. Some one needs to take responsibility and keep good teachers and not those that are in the wrong profession. 2. I am a college graduate. I don't get paid a lot and my collegial and educational time is after work hours at my expense. Most of the working world in the US is the same way. BUT, I would be willing to support the time you are asking for if you would stop thinking because I have children I am unable to think. Last time I was involved with this program trying to be put though it was supposed to be just like a school in Oregon. When I phoned twice and spoke with the Vice Principle of that school, The program they were trying to pass off here was only similar in name only. The ball is still in your court. You need to be upfront and honest with us first. You need to make the union and school responsible for having all first rate teachers. Then come back to us openly and honestly with a good proposal. You will be surprised how cooperative we dumb parents can be.
Ken Mortland April 4, 2013 at 01:38 pm
Congratulations to Wellington & Wilder Elementary Schools for their success and achievement.Read More Continued evidence of the quality of Northshore Schools.
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