Re: "How do we identify the good ones?" (letter, 5-4).
A letter writer falls for the myth that the way to fix our schools is to find the bad teachers, get rid of them and pay extra for the few classroom superstars.
Totally wrong! We are blessed in Washington state with a corps of high-quality teachers backed up by outstanding staff professionals. Our problem with school graduation rates is, first, poverty. The number of low-income and homeless students continues to rise all across the state as our middle class disappears and working families live on a thin shoestring.
We can enable all our students to graduate high school and gain the training and education needed in compete in our state’s high-tech, high-skills economy only when we start celebrating our teachers and fully funding our schools to serve today’s high-needs, low-income students.
You’re a skeptic? Go talk to a teacher and find out the classroom facts for yourself.
(Seaquist is a former state representative.)