Letters to the Editor

Advice for school board has merit

Mr. Pirkle’s recommendations to the school board (Opinion, June 17) have a lot of merit.

A climate of learning is essential to education success.

However, Mr. Pirkle, you and I and others like us are known as Fuddy Duddies, old fashioned and out of touch with the real world. We don’t have an education degree. Only the education establishment knows and understands what is needed.

Let us review a few facts:

1. Failure of the education establishments to educate our children resulted in federal and state governments initiating programs to correct the failure. The state WASL program and federal No Child Left Behind program established accountability for academic education output.

2. In our school district, the school board, superintendent and staff initiated action to correct the failure of school instruction.

A prime example was the introduction of phonics programs or Open Court and Read Well. This old-fashioned method of learning, teaching, spelling, writing and reading was implemented with outstanding results in WASL reading scores.

3. Yes, the government-imposed programs are positive leadership to provide accountability in academic education output by our schools. They are also a motivating factor for all concerned — student, teacher, parent and district management.

I commend our school board for establishing an action item that recognizes Mr. Pirkle’s report and intends to do something about it. This is one more step in improving our schools.

It will be interesting to observe public reaction to these recommendations. Reading the complete report is most revealing and it is a tribute to a concerned taxpayer and citizen.

We need more of your kind.

John C. Hoskinson,

Federal Way

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