Skills go far beyond reading and mathematics

In response to Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill, chapter 1.


Dear Bill and Melinda,

This is the kind of school parents want for their children…a place where they can learn in an environment of support for individuals…a place where learning is both challenging and filled with wonder and excitement. The kind of school we DO NOT want is one in which every child is taught from a script…it takes all the joy out of learning. In order to create that environment, teachers must be given the professional respect they deserve to make decisions concerning their students each and every day. Pre-programmed, scripted learning will never provide all of the skills children need. Skills go far beyond reading and mathematics. The skills include critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration. Without these, reading, writing, and math skills mean nothing.

– Shelley Weston


About Highlighting Members' Needs

We are running for the following Renton Education Association positions because we believe in the following planks: Becca Ritchie, Candidate for REA President, Nelsen Middle School, Computer Tech Susan DuFresne, Candidate for Primary Executive Board, Maplewood Heights Elementary, Integrated Kindergarten ✅  Demanding a healthy work-load/life balance. ✅  Bargaining competitive professional compensation. ✅  Challenging the status quo test culture with: Less is more! ✅  Emphasizing our professional expertise. ✅  Prioritizing equity and access for all. ✅  Utilizing 2-way 21st century communication tools. ✅  Acting in solidarity with all unions. ✅  Supporting ALL members. ✅   Implementing developmentally appropriate K-3 curriculum/assessment.
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