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The course "American Perspectives" could be offered as soon as this fall as an option for students seeking a U.S. history class that includes more voices of marginalized groups.
Just 18 years ago, it was still illegal in Scotland to “intentionally promote homosexuality” in schools. Now, the Scottish government will mandate that all state schools introduce a curriculum that explains the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activism.
Under public pressure, the Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors delayed its decision to adopt new comprehensive and sexual health curriculum.
Washington teachers would get help with state-required lessons on Native American culture.
Community members questioned the Spokane Public Schools board of directors Wednesday about the district’s decision not to adopt a new, comprehensive middle school sex education plan.
Miss Kindergarten is in the million-dollar club. So are Lovin Lit, the Moffatt Girls and about a dozen other teacher-entrepreneurs who are spinning reading, math, science and social studies into gold by selling their lesson plans online to fellow teachers around the world.
New textbooks are arriving at elementary schools in Spokane County’s largest district, launching widespread adoption of the Common Core curriculum. Common Core is a set of national standards in language arts and math education that’s been adopted by most states, including Washington and Idaho.
Continuous Curriculum School in the East Valley School District has seen a 69 percent enrollment jump this year, most notably because students now have a whole building to attend classes, rather than just half. At the end of last year, the district closed Skyview Elementary School which occupied one half of the building. This year, the Continuous Curriculum School was able to open enrollment to more students and Executive Director of Operations Brian Wallace said the district budgeted for about 375 students at the K-8 school.
Eastern Washington University officials are working on plans to change from a three-quarter to a two-semester system, falling in line with about 90 percent of higher education institutions nationwide. But the switch will not come soon.
The discussion has been continuing about the sweeping changes proposed by the East Valley School Board, this time with community input. The district held two community forums recently to discuss the latest option – a combination of the first two ideas discussed by the board.
When it comes to math, high school students have long asked the question: “Why do I need to learn this stuff?” Books being considered for a high school math overhaul in the Spokane area’s two largest districts have an answer.
Residents in the West Valley, East Valley, Central Valley and Freeman school districts must have their ballots in the mail by Tuesday. All four districts have replacement maintenance and operations levies on the ballot. West Valley also has a technology levy and East Valley has a construction bond. The levies fund a portion of each district’s annual budget and pay for items such as sports, technology and extracurricular activities that are not funded by the state. All the levies are replacing existing levies that are expiring. East Valley is seeking a construction bond, which can’t be used for day-to-day operations, to remodel and repair all of its elementary and middle schools.
"It sounds awful," the woman wrote in response to my column praising the results a Houston elementary school has attained with something called direct instruction. "Direct instruction," as she accurately understood, heavily involves set questions and scripted responses to any answer a child might give. Only in the most unusual circumstances does it allow for anything that might be called teacher creativity. It is almost like a computer program in an if-this-then-that mode. It does sound awful.
It was one of those controversies that rock the Bay Area as regularly as an earthquake. Can you judge a book by its color - the color of the author? This national brouhaha began when two members of the San Francisco school board decided to fuse math and literature. They proposed that seven of 10 required reading books for school children be chosen from a designated list of multicultural authors.
Teaching scientific creationism in Post Falls schools would violate the First Amendment and the Idaho Constitution, the American Civil Liberties Union wrote to the school district. "'Equal time' is an attractive concept, at least until one considers historical problems of mixing church and state," wrote Jack Van Valkenburgh, executive director of the ACLU in Boise.
FROM FOR THE RECORD (Saturday, March 7, 1998): Correction Stance corrected: Mary Girton was misidentified in an article in Friday's paper about teaching creation science in the schools. Girton said she wants both creation and evolution presented as scientific theories, and had voted against school bonds before and might again. In the beginning. Pastor Bill Hohenstreet reads Scripture at the beginning of a forum Thursday evening at Prairie View Elementary aimed at adding creation science to the curriculum of Post Falls schools. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review
Learning to say 'No'. Riverside Elementary second-grader Ben Hill, right, explains the story of "Donovan Dignity" to classmates during a Beginning Alcohol and Addictions Basic Education Studies (BABES) program Wednesday. With Ben are Chelsie Boone, left, and Jordan Legg. Photo by Jason Clark/The Spokesman-Review
Two men who proposed that the Post Falls School Board authorize the teaching of creation science in district science classes are holding a public forum on Thursday to discuss their ideas. Anyone on either side of the issue is encouraged to attend the forum, which will be held in the multipurpose room of Prairie View Elementary School in Post Falls from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The next school board meeting is at 7 p.m. March 9 in the Post Falls High School cafeteria.