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EDUCATION: Funding could promote tutoring

Letter by Simon Medrano Gomez, Lakewood on Jan. 6, 2012 at 10:30 am with 17 Comments »
January 6, 2012 10:58 am

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s response to the Washington Supreme Court ruling that that our state is not adequately funding education is a temporary increase to the sales tax. Although most people are not particularly fond of increased taxes, I believe this funding is a necessity for our state’s public school system.

Our schools can use this funding to initiate peer tutor systems and/or after-school tutoring sessions. This offers students the opportunity to ask the questions they did not get to ask during class and gives them a space to study without distraction. Having been a tutor during high school, I know how much of a difference a little one-on-one tutoring can make on test day.

Critics may say it is not enough to just simply tutor students because a tutor cannot be with them during an exam. However, tutoring can lead to the development of an essential academic skill: problem solving. Problem-solving gives students the ability to use their background knowledge to view a problem in different ways.

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  1. Tutoring is great, and its free. BUT Let’s not set a precedence of Gingrinch’s plan of not paying for education and replacing trained educated experienced professionals and using well meaning good students for little to no money.

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    A good start would be axing programs not mandated for the state to fund (hint: most of the social experiments and engineering). The greedy state wants all the luxury items, and then want to raise taxes for core functions. Doom on tax thieves.

  3. Fibonacci says:

    “axing programs not mandated for the state to fund”—in schools this would include athletics, drama, music, art, clubs, and so on. Is THIS what you want schools to do without?

  4. bankerlady says:

    Fibonacci – YES! If we can’t adequately fund baseic core programs, then we have no business funding extra curriculars and enrichment programs!

    A basic education is more important in most cases, and there are a lot of specialized scholarship funds for virtuosos to go to private schools where their talents will be nurtured and grown. For the average student, not an athlete, not an art whiz, not in the band (and trust me, this is most students) you can’t replace basic education with electives. This does NOT prepare them for college, does NOT prepare them to hold a job, and does NOT help them to be productive members of society.

  5. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Bank is spot on. Focus on Math, English, Science, History. I would add foreign language training to the list also, as it makes students more competitive.

    Art and drama? Come on. Shifting funds to support those programs hurts the students we are trying to set up for success.

  6. bankerlady says:

    Concernedtacoma7 – good point. Foreign language should ALWAYS be on the list for basic education, I totally agree.

  7. keepinitreal says:

    Is there such a thing as a temporary tax ?

  8. oldman4 says:

    So the answer is to take strugling students and give them more of what they strugle with. Take away the physical activity and simply have them spend more time doing what they can’t seem to deal with. This sounds like a formula to advance there failure. What they need is smaller class size shorter study times with more breaks and then more study times. Lengthen the school day. 20 min. 3 times a day is better than one hour once a day. You need to think outside of the box as these are individuals who don’t fit inside your box.

  9. bankerlady says:

    oldman4 – I hate to be so heartless, but, YES! Give them more time on what they struggle with! Allowing these students to ‘skate’ through school by way of electives, art, and auto shop does them no favors! for the ones in special education, obvoiusly this doesn’t apply, but for the general student body, the ‘core’ classes are the ones that they will need in adulthood. At the very least, forcing them to stick with it will teach them a valuable skill of how to stick with something and work within your own limitations.

    Shorter classes and more breaks have NOTHING to do with core curriculum, although they are both ideas that should be researched, and thus have nothing to do with this subject.

  10. Fibonacci says:


    Art and music actulally play a small part in a schools budget. Extracurricular activities make for a well rounded adult. When YOU went to school was there football, basketball, class plays, art classes, PE classes? These are not new. Yes, core classes are imperative, but if you turn schools into drudge factories it will make things worse. By the way, why did you include foreign language? What about vocational classes?

  11. oldman4 says:

    bankerlady, you missed my point. I would not give them less time I would give them more time but in smaller doses. Give them time to unwind to get ready to get back to work. Many of us are unable to spend large amounts of uninterrupted time at one task but we are able to get the job done and done well by doing many short burst of activity. What we are doing now isn’t working we must try different ways.

  12. Publico says:

    One can easily see that the problem is defining what a basic education is. It should be everything we have now and in some cases more. Making excuses to not increase revenue when the need is dire seems to be the standard answer from those on the extreme right who cannot get past their ideological position that nobody ever needs assistance.

  13. Bankerlady? ELRS exist for those subjects therefore they ARE basic education. End of story. Don’t know what an ELR is? Look it up- you will be enlightened.

  14. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Pub- we spent $9k+ per student/year. No need for additional funding.

    Imagine you were given 30 kids and $270k to teach them for 9 months!!! There is so much waste it is sickening.

  15. ReadNLearn says:

    Throwing money at the problem isn’t going to solve it.

  16. BlaineCGarver says:

    Nice dodge, Y’all, but I’m for keeping music, art and sports in the schools…WAY more gym for the little balls of fluff, too. You know exactly what I’m talking about when I say stick to the core functions of the state government. I’m damned sick and tired of my extraordinary tax bill being use to purchase a power base for politicians to buy votes.

  17. Fibonacci says:

    And just HOW is your “extraordinary tax bill being used to purchase a power base for politicians to buy votes”? It sounds like you want to keep EVERYTHING, but have it cost less. So, since the only way to do that is reduce salaries, what you are really saying is that teachers are overpaid. At least be honest.

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