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SCHOOLS: SOTA honor deserved the front page

Letter by Marilyn M. Siemens, Steilacoom on Sep. 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm with 4 Comments »
September 21, 2011 4:14 pm

We are all looking for positive feedback about our schools. Why, then, was exciting news about Tacoma’s School of the Arts receiving a distinguished award hidden inside the newspaper? This should have been front-page news instead of all the bad press schools have been getting during the strike.

SOTA was selected as one of only four schools in the United States to earn the National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education for the 2010-2011 school year. It was the only West Coast school selected this year by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. They must be doing something right!

Let us concentrate on the positive achievements of students, teachers and their schools for a change. Way to go, SOTA!

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  1. alindasue says:

    Congratulations to SOTA for their accomplishment!

    Thanks for letting us know, Ms. Siemens. I agree. This should have been front page news.

  2. … but then we couldn’t rant about the evil failing teachers! (sarcasm) SOTA- you, the students and your teachers have a lot to feel good about.

  3. Congratulations SOTA! And thanks to the teachers who understand the
    importance of arts education.
    I have been alarmed by the arts being cut from more and more curiculum to allocate teaching time geared to wasteful and overpriced standardized testing.
    The only ones gaining from standardized testing are the swindlers who have convinced schools to buy their products. They are getting rich.
    Let us spend that testing money on enhancing the learning opportunities in the arts for every student, not just a select few. Arts education belongs in every school from K – 12.

  4. stradivari says:

    True. The social scientists who developed the Standardized Testing industry operate a billion dollar operation that pushes creativity out of the school day. The arts should be availabe to all students and not just those who attend SOTA.

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