The Times has a great story about a student with Asperger's at Marysville Arts and Technology High School becoming valedictorian of his 50 student graduating class. Chance Mair never told most classmates. Good with math ("I can count better than I can talk sometimes") and loving bowling, he went from special education classes in his beginning years in school to regular classes. He will be attending WSU on a full-ride scholarship.
In his speech to his classmates he said, "We choose whether we sink or swim, stand up or lay down, fight or fall, succeed or fail."
The Olympian is reporting that Governor Inslee will be signing a new state law to expand computer science in high schools by creating standards for teachers and students. No word on where the money would come from to create these classes.
By popular demand, at least five people have sent me this article from the NY Times on kids and kindergarten. I absolutely agree with the article and believe that the City's premise of a "6-hour academic day" for their pre-K program may be too much for early childhood education.
Concerned that kindergarten has become overly academic in recent years,
this suburban school district south of Baltimore is introducing a new
curriculum in the fall for 5-year-olds. Chief among its features is a
most old-fashioned concept: play.
Another recommended article is this one about artwork created by students based on their vision of standardized testing.
Director Blanford has a Community meeting tomorrow from 10 am to noon at the Douglass-Truth Library.
Upcoming threads - Garfield student press conference, BTA IV updates, School Board race updates.
What's on your mind?