To the Editor — July 16, 2015

July 16, 2015

Education standards

Students helped prepare for real world with high-stakes testing

Why on earth would you demand a lowering of standards for our high school students by removing high-stakes testing? This is in conflict with what is expected to compete and perform in the real world.

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To the Editor — April 22, 2015

April 21, 2015

Council candidates

Decide what you want to do and how before filing

As a former Issaquah council member, I would like to add my support to Nina Milligan’s letter to prospective council candidates. In addition to what she said, I would add that council members find quickly that if they got involved because of a specific issue they want to push, that whatever is their issue it will be maybe 5 percent of the time they spend for the city.

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Guest Column — Transportation: We must act now

March 25, 2015

This region is truly world class — from our breathtaking environment to our vibrant communities. But the “world class” label bestowed upon us in a newspaper column last fall — “Hey, we’re world class! For truly terrible traffic” — must serve as a wake-up call for action.

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler

That headline came after the Washington State Department of Transportation released its 2014 “Congestion Report,” showing us that the gridlock and brake-tapping we’ve been stewing in for years is now significantly worse.

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Let’s Talk About It

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.

By Helen Wang Skyline High School

By Helen Wang
Skyline High School

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.

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