Letters to the Editor

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Tag: schools

June
25th

EDUCATION: Assessing schools is a tricky business

Re: “State changes Lincoln’s marks to passing” (TNT, 6-23).

In April, Lincoln High School was heralded as Washington’s 22nd most challenging high school, based on the ratio of graduates to Advanced Placement (AP) course enrollments. Last week, though, Lincoln just dodged the bullet that is the state’s watch list of low-performing schools when it found enough clerical errors in its own records to lift Lincoln off the dreaded list.  Some 43 students were wrongly counted as not graduated.

Good for Lincoln – but not really. Schools are assigned to the state’s watch list for three-year rolling graduation rates below

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April
3rd

SCHOOL: Less time means less education

Re: “Schedule changes make sense” (letter, 4-3).

I don’t believe the 30 years the writer spent teaching were in the math department. His recommended schedule of six 50-minute periods between 9 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. does not allow time to go from one class to the next and allows only 15 minutes for lunch.

The goal should be to give the students a quality education. That can’t happen if they have far less than 50 minutes total time in each class and little to no time to eat and have a break in the middle of the day.

Part

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March
28th

SCHOOLS: The old way doesn’t work just fine today

Re: “The old way worked just fine” (letter, 3-27).

I’m currently a junior at Wilson High School, and in previous years I had to walk to school. Not only did I have to wake up at the crack of dawn (which results in less sleep), I also had to be at school at a rather ridiculously early time. Fortunately, I didn’t live miles away.

But not all people are lucky enough to live a few blocks away from the school. I know people who live more than 15 minutes away. So the school bus is an excellent way for

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March
26th

SCHOOLS: Later start would help students

Re: “Give high school sleepyheads a break” (editorial, 3-24).

I am a junior at Wilson High School. I work part time at Safeway as a courtesy clerk and play varsity baseball for school as well as on an off-season team. At the end of each day, I am exhausted and find little time to do homework.

If school started later – around 8:30 a.m. – then I would be able to stay up longer to do work and still have a good night’s sleep.

I usually go to sleep around midnight and wake up at 6:30 a.m. This makes

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March
25th

SCHOOLS: Teacher-student interaction always existed

Re: “Crossing the line online” (TNT, 5-23).

Social media and use of technology in itself may make it easier to see blurring of student-teacher interaction, which school districts have tried to regulate, but it has not targeted the true reason for sexual misconduct between teachers and students.

Before there was Facebook and texting, the teacher-student interaction blurring was just as easy when teachers lived close in the same neighborhood where they worked, had their children attend the same school they teach at, and interacted with students in local businesses. Many teachers allowed school field trips to their home years

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March
24th

SCHOOLS: The old way worked just fine

Re: “Give high school sleepyheads a break” (editorial, 3-24).

A hundred years ago when I went to school, the school day was from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; be in homeroom by 8:45 a.m. That made sense; 3 p.m. dismissal still gives time for sports activities. Besides, sports should come in second in importance to education.

Back then, every child wasn’t given a taxpayer-supported, gas-guzzling chauffeur (bus ride). If a family doesn’t find housing closer to schools, why is it our responsibility to drive them across the county?

We did parent carpools, and the old shoe-leather method wasn’t unheard

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March
24th

SCHOOLS: Teens need to disengage from devices

Re: “Give high school sleepyheads a break” (editorial, 3-24).

Your editorial suggests that schools need to consider starting school later to accommodate the sleep needs of teenagers. I both work with teenagers and have raised one. The suggestion that biological clocks and hormones are preventing students from getting the sleep they need is erroneous.

I have found that the majority of teenagers I have spoken with go to bed late because they are engaged with their digital devices or televisions past midnight. Schools should not have to change schedules which, as your editorial indicates, affects sports programs and transportation

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Jan.
31st

SCHOOLS: How many districts do we need?

Today I sat down to vote. The cover of the voters’ pamphlet told me to vote “no.”

Each school district has a superintendent. Each superintendent requires a salary and benefits, office space and utilities, equipment, supplies and staff. Each staff member requires a salary and benefits, office space and supplies, etc.

There are 13 school districts listed on the cover of the voters’ pamphlet. How many tax dollars are going to staffing these districts? Why do we have so many? Do you really believe we have “local control”? How many education dollars would be available to the classroom without so

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