Monday, April 11, 2011

Advisory Bored Reading List 04/11/2011

  • Nice letter to the editor of the Everett Herald questioning the value of WSU running the University Center at EvCC.  I don't fully agree that north Snohomish county needs its own university, but her challenges to the idea of a "employer-centric" educational program and the replacement of the University Center with a WSU branch are right on target.

    WSU has done nothing to earn that position.  They failed to establish a presence at University Center when all the other universities choose to participate.   
  • Everett Herald columnist Julie Muhlstein tries to put a "face" on the UW entrance issue - where students with extremely hight GPA's aren't getting in.  As is often the case, Muhlstein's article seems short on analysis and heavy on drama.

    I've got several issues with the article, but my biggest is this sense that the UW is the only university worth going to in this state.  The former student featured couldn't get into the UW, so went out of state.  Huh?  No WSU, no Western, not even Evergreen?  Could have got two years at a local CC then transferred in as a junior.

    The mindset that every kid must go to the UW in the four years following high school graduation absurd.  Elite schools leave good students out, that's what elite means. Sometimes it just a numbers game, too many students chasing too few openings.

    I have little sympathy for the students or parents left out this year.  It won't be the end of their life.
  • The Virginia Board of Education has mandated local school boards to develop policies for teachers and the use of social media to interact with student following one particular molestation case.  But other teachers have found the tools useful from an educational standpoint. The article sites an example of one teacher using Twitter to help students write more concisely.  The question is how districts will balance the benefits of the tools with the misuses.
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