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Ken Mortland November 11, 2013 at 08:36 am
Education has historically been primarily a state function. Federal involvement has been limited toRead More interventions directed at assuring all students have free and equal access to a state's educational resources. With the creation of a Dept. of Education within the cabinet of the Executive Branch, the federal government has taken a much more directive approach to educational policy. Forbidden to order educational policies be adopted by states, the federal government induces adoption by means of requirements to receive federal funding. That has changed the landscape of educational services in America. Prior to adoption of the Common Core State Standards for Math and Reading, Washington state had spent several millions of dollars and invested thousands of hours of research & development upon its own Math and Reading Standards, as well as most other subject. I believe, as do many of my peers, that this effort was fruitful and created a viable set of state standards. The state spent further sums of money to develop, field test, and implement its own subject assessments in Math, Reading, and Writing. Called the WASL (Washington Assessment of Student Learning), it was far superior to the multiple choice bubble tests that are common in standardized testing. All that work is now swept aside by new leaders, wishing to establish their credentials as reformers and disdaining without examination the work already done in Washington as being "a mile wide and an inch deep." Test and textbook publishers have been pushing and helping fund the efforts to convert to CCSS, largely because they stand to earn billions rolling out new products. I fear this movement will actually kill the innovative capabilities of our educational system by constricting efforts within predetermined boundaries of CCSS. The flexibility to teach in response to the needs and circumstances of a community will be overridden by the requirement to teach in response only to a set of national standards that have never been field tested. Our country's individualistic nature is being solidified into a lock step national nature. Heaven help those who don't fall into step with the new order.
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Kathleen Moss September 23, 2013 at 09:27 am
Exploitation, hyper-sexualization,objectification...the adjectives go on and on...all of theseRead More practices hurt females from birth to death. (Little boys are in these "competitions" as well.) We don't let our children have childhoods anymore....mass media holds a majority of the blame, esp. in the advent of reality tv. The only thing real about all of this is m o n e y! Shame on the parents and caregivers who profit off of their children. It is truly a form of prostitution...how sad that they don't realize this. Don't get me started on how easy it is for pedophiles to frequent these pageants, fashion shows, etc. where parents have these young innocents prancing around on stage acting as if they're auditioning for a spot at strip joint. No morals anymore, just the big green god...$$$. I lived in the South for many years and observed how poor families would enter their kids, infants on up. Many were doing so because they believed their child was the cutest baby around...God knows I saw plenty of beautiful children...then there were many entering as a means to supplement their incomes. The latter are the ones who get sucked into this dirty business of "pageantry ". Our sons and daughters have enough to contend with in this world, we can't let this industry continue to destroy so many innocents. I do agree with the French on this subject. No c'est la vie here.
Vita Shubin, Redmond High School (Courtesy LWSD)
Ken Mortland July 24, 2013 at 08:11 am
Congratulations to Rachel, Vita, & Amanda. National Merit Scholarships are not easy to earn.
Jeanne Gustafson July 24, 2013 at 08:21 am
Agreed, Ken. I'm really impressed that we have three in our district this year!
Kirkland parent July 20, 2013 at 10:15 am
Questions: The previous superintendent new the district would eventually switch from a three yearRead More high school to a four year high school when the remodel for Lake WA High School began. Knowing that, WHY DIDN'T the district design ands create a new high school that would ACCOMMODATE the increase in students THEN, INSTEAD of asking for more money for addition space to be built? Where was the foresight and planning?
Northlake Unitarian Universalist will be the site of the New L&E Academy. Photo courtesy Northlake Unitarian.
Allena Bassett July 17, 2013 at 10:51 am
I was quite intrigued to learn more about your school after reading about it here in the KirklandRead More Patch; however, I was deeply saddened and disappointed to find that the only representation of people of color on your entire site have their faces cropped off. Very sad indeed. Any institution that promotes an image void of people of ethnicity is sorely lacking in innovation.