Monday, February 4, 2013
Over 30 years ago notable developmental psychologist, Jean Piaget stated, “The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.”
It is time to move forward in Walla Walla.
Washington state recently became one of 45 states to adopt the Common Core State Standards. These standards replace the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements that have been in place for nearly two decades. The new standards are more rigorous than any previous standards in education.
Walla Walla High School students will be expected to do more than they have ever done ito meet these standards.
The current Walla Walla High School facility does not meet the expectations set forth by the new standards.
In the area of science, our students are not able to perform new, innovative experiments because we do not have facilities for them. Our current facilities limit even the basic experiments our students are able to perform.
In English and social studies, new integrated media and technology standards expect students to conduct thorough research and synthesize the information they find from multiple sources to create and support their own arguments, ideas and opinions.
Wa-Hi’s current access to technology for all students to meet this standard is insufficient.
Your support on Feb. 12 in favor of modernizing Wa-Hi will ensure that Walla Walla’s students have the learning environment and experiences that allow them to do not only new things, but great things.
Julie Gwinn Cox
Walla Walla High School