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FOOTBALL: Is big money trickling down to high school level?

After reading the article about football coach Jon Kitna leaving Lincoln High School (TNT, 1-22), I’m having a hard time digesting the assistant pay issue.

This is high school sports, not college or professional. Coaches in high school coach for the love of the game, not money. After reading this, Kitna should be coaching at a higher level where money is available for assistants, and good luck to him in Texas.

I had the honor to play for some of the greatest coaches both in high school and college (Helling, Huard, Webstad and Marshall). I can guarantee you that they were

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TACOMA: Family linked in to Lincoln High School history

Re: “Happy 100th to you, Lincoln High School and Abes” (editorial, 8-9).

Our Strobel family ties to Lincoln High School go back to 1913-1914, when Lincoln was being built. Our dad, Robert Strobel, was then 3 years old. He wandered away from home, four blocks away, to watch the construction of Lincoln.

Subsequently, he and his four siblings (Keene, Ben, Anna and our mother, Elsie Korpela), my six sisters (Sally, Betty, Robin, Carol, Sue, Janet and Julie) and I all graduated from Lincoln between the years of 1925 and 1967.

Robin was Lincoln’s first exchange student to Berlin in

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EDUCATION: Kitna sets example for others

It was uplifting to read John McGrath’s column about Jon Kitna, the new football coach and math teacher at Lincoln High School (TNT, 9-7). What a sterling example the former NFL player sets for his students and players.

Contrast that to the reprehensible conduct exhibited by a teacher in the Peninsula School District (editorial, 8-31). He not only allowed bullying in his classroom, but apparently took part in it.

Two quotes come to mind:

“The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values” –  William Inge.

“The secret of education is respecting the pupil”

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TACOMA: How is Kitna ‘highly qualified’ to teach?

As a longtime Seahawks season ticket owner, I have always admired Jon Kitna and wished him well. However, as an educator, I have to question the Tacoma School District’s decision to hire him as part-time math instructor (TNT, 1-26).

Raising your own kids and playing in the NFL do not qualify you to teach algebra to high school students, especially those in need of extra help. How does Kitna’s 16-year-old teaching degree and some recent time spent in the classroom satisfy the federal government’s “highly qualified” teacher requirement?

Accountability needs to start at the top with the hiring process.