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Battle Ground schools table new sexual health curriculum

Under public pressure, the Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors delayed its decision to adopt new comprehensive and sexual health curriculum.


Million-dollar teachers: Cashing in by selling their lessons

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 …


EWU studies switch to semesters

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 …


Sure, It May Sound Awful, But It Works

“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 …


Sometimes, Formulas Can Fail Us Badly

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? …


Aclu Weighs In On Creation Science

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 …


Most Back Creationism For Schools Post Falls Forum Is Hostile Ground For Evolution

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 …


Early Warning System Schools Use Program To Teach Kids About Drugs, But Some Parents Don’t Like ‘Weird Little Puppet Show’

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. …


Creation Science Advocates Schedule Public Forum

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 …


Useful Method Not A Complete Solution No Silver Bullet Most Successful Of Teachers Use A Variety Of Approaches.

Our children don’t read as well as they should. Some can’t read at all. There oughta be a law. Enter Washington lawmakers with just the bill to fix what’s wrong …


Sugarcoat What Works And Then Re-Employ It Trendy Flunks Out Phonics Results Easily Beat Those Of ‘Whole Language.’

Educrat (ej’-u-krat) n. A heavily degreed bureaucrat who attends committee meetings and uses impenetrable jargon to defend ineffective but trendy educational methods that create a need for more committee meetings. …


Creationism Part Of Mix Elsewhere

Private schools freely refer to a creator when they teach about the origins of humanity and the universe. Lighthouse Christian Academy in Coeur d’Alene teaches its students to examine evidence …


Post Falls Parents Push Creationism Pair Want Idea Taught Along With Evolution

Kevin Krieg, left, and Ted Corder, both on the curriculum committee, want creation science taught in Post Falls schools. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review


Senate, House Pass ‘Hooked On Phonics’ Bills

The Washington Senate has joined the House in approving a “hooked on phonics” grant program for schools that are having trouble teaching kids to read. Democratic critics said the measure …


Don’t Water Down Lake City Learning

Understandably, Coeur d’Alene officials are worried about neo-Nazis marching down Sherman Avenue. For years, the Aryan Nations has tried to tap the same hatred and ignorance that brought Hitler to …


Nic Workshops To Focus On Music, Writing

Two public programs sponsored by North Idaho College will be held on the next two Saturdays. This Saturday, NIC music instructor Gerard Mathes will be host of a 9:30 a.m.-2:30 …


Cataldo Students Tackle Global Issues

From left: Cataldo students Sara Burns and Katie Gillum, representing India, negotiate with delegates from China and East Asia, Maile Higa, Susanne Nicholas, Katie Merit and Alex Biesa, during an …


Her Theory Of Teaching: You’ve Really Got To Hand It To Science

Margie Luce makes science fun. Just ask any kid from Pasadena Park Elementary. “Who here likes science?” Luce asked one afternoon last week. Every hand in the gym shot up. …


School Day On U.S. Documents Gains Favor Republicans’ Bill Sparked By Gingrich; Teachers Say Material Already Covered

Three Eastern Washington senators have thrown their support behind a bill that would require setting aside at least one day of each school year for study of the U.S. Constitution …


Pride, Prejudice Whitworth Students Look For Prejudice - And Find Themselves

FOR THE RECORD (January 20, 1998): Identification wrong: Penny Pearson was the person pictured sitting behind a statue of Rosa Parks on Monday Page 1. Pearson was misidentified in the …


Teaching Of Evolution Challenged Senator Wants Disclaimer Placed In Science Textbooks

Since no one was present when life first appeared on Earth, a state senator says science textbooks in Washington schools should be amended to indicate that human evolution is just …


Gonzaga Adds Esl Master’s Students Will Be Certified To Teach English Here And Abroad

More people are learning to speak English, which is quickly becoming the language of the world. In Spokane alone, hundreds of students from Asia, the Middle East and other parts …


Innovative Business Degree Ok’d

Washington State University regents approved a pilot program Friday to allow students to earn bachelor’s degrees in business administration via distance-education technology. The College of Business and Economics will offer …


Gonzaga Law Students Best In State On Bar Exam Tough Research And Writing Program Teaches Test Takers That Less Is More

When it comes to tackling the toughest test to becoming an attorney, Gonzaga Law School students have the write stuff. Fortified by a rigorous writing and research program, Gonzaga graduates …


Some Kids Are Easy To Read Yakima School’s Program Helps Students Get A Life Through Books

Yakima high school student Patricia Cordova, center, helps elementary student Joey Feltus read as Anabel Almaguer, left, listens. Photo by Associated Press


This Knowledge Kids Can Take To The Bank

“Banker” Jenna Johnson, 10, left, handles a rush of customers with fists full of “moola” in Mrs. Higel’s class. Photo by Kristy MacDonald/The Spokesman-Review


Kids To Cash In On Spud Technology

Rachel Winston just got her driver’s license and a year-and-a-half stands between her and a high school diploma. But she means business. She can rattle off growth rates of potato …


Making Readers Teachers Pull Out The Stops To Get Young Students Up To Speed With Their Reading

1. Practicing her writing is 7-year-old Lindsey Wells, who attends Lynn Page’s first- and second-grade classroom at Trent Elementary (temporarily housed at Skyview). Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review 2. Lynn …


Words Bring Worlds Together Oregon School Gives Kindergartners An Equal Dose Of English And Spanish For A Valuable Lesson In Life

Teacher Sandra Nelson, far right, and her kindergarten students are in the first duel-language kindergarten program at their school in Klamath Falls, Ore. For half of the students in the …


District’s New Tap Program A Work In Progress

University High School teacher Bob Barlett encourages students to help each other and themselves during the tutorial/advisory period. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review