July 2, 2015
Thousands of students did not graduate from Washington high schools with their classmates this month — even though they successfully completed the same courses — solely because they failed one or more state-required, high stakes tests.
Some students are simply not good at taking high-stakes tests, even when they know the material and did well in their courses. There are students who earn As in courses only to freeze up on the day of a high-stakes test. This is not a test of knowledge; it’s a test of who tests well.
June 10, 2015
The cheer went up from one side of the room like a jet engine firing to life: “Go!”
It was immediately answered with an equally emphatic cheer from the other side of the room: “Mariners!”
June 10, 2015
I’ve been through many phases in my life, but nothing as dramatic as Bruce Jenner’s new phase, mind you.
There was that 10-year period right out of high school where I served my country in the Navy.
March 10, 2015
At Maywood Middle School, a robotics club allows students to build motorized submarines that are tested in an above-ground pool before they enter a competition this spring.
Up the road at Liberty High School, technical education teacher Gary McIntosh has a room filled with students learning to make guitars. They’ll not only shape, paint and polish the guitars before the end of the semester, they’ll also make them fully functioning electric instruments.
December 9, 2014
September 23, 2014
The Common Core State Standards, designed to create a consistent set of learning standards for K-12 students, are among the most contentious topics in public education these days.
Politicians, school administrators and public policy experts discussed various aspects of Common Core during a town hall-style meeting Sept. 15 at Pacific Cascade Middle School. About two dozen audience members participated and provided feedback to a seven-person speaking panel.
February 25, 2014
Homework: What does Finland do that we don’t?
Students, how many times in the past week have you complained about your workload? What if I told you that this workload might be detrimental?
This is not the opinion of a mere high school senior frustrated by the amount of homework assigned by teachers. In fact, recent studies show the United States is consistently outscored in terms of academic ability by countries such as Finland, with radical differences in their educational systems, including — you guessed it — significantly less homework.
So, how are their students so successful? There are many explanations, one of which is that they have more free time. I know I speak for many when I say that having 30 minutes of homework a day, rather than three hours, would make me feel less stressed. Instead of drowning in pointless papers, we would be able to do more things that we truly cared about.