Northwest NEWS

May 15, 2000

Editorial

It's the same in public education

Editor's note: Due to an editing error last week, the following letter presented an unintended negative message, and is reprinted in its entirety.

   Wouldn't it be ridiculous to blame my competent dentist for my tooth decay, if I didn't brush and floss regularly, or my otherwise productive realtor for not selling my home, if I didn't keep it in client-worthy condition? To do so would be failing to accept personal responsibility for bad teeth and an unsold home, right?

   It's the same in public education. My only experience is with the Northshore School District, but I would bet the following is true for most districts in the state:

   In almost every case (save children with learning disabilities or other extraordinary situations) show me a child who is raised in a home ...

   ...And I will show you a child who meets standards on the WASL. I am a product of, an employee of, and a parent in the Northshore School District, so I know of what I speak.

   If it turns out that my (non-learning-disabled) children do not meet standards on the WASL, then, given the education that's afforded them in Northshore, the responsibility for that outcome would rest solely on the shoulders of my children and me.

   One unexplored way to get kids up to standard is to help more parents run homes like the one described above.

Cindy Horst, Woodinville