Archive for the ‘News’ Category

No National Standards!

June 13, 2009

The governors and CSSO’s of 46 states have joined Arne Duncan and formed a compact to develop national standards for the K-12 schools.  All of this was done in secret and announced recently at a national conference.  There are many reasons to be concerned about this development.  A new website has been created to help provide information on the project and to disseminate resources for those who share our belief,  No National Standards.

Carbon Sequestration in the Mid-Columbia

February 19, 2009


Pete McGrail, PNNL scientist, sent us a copy of his Powerpoint for a Pasco-Kennewick Rotary presentation and some references to other links on the Internet. The following article is based on these resources.

One of the great energy sources of the US is coal. We have vast supplies of the stuff, but there is a problem. When you burn coal to produce heat, generate electricity, or drive machinery, huge amounts of carbon dioxide are produced. Whether one believes that global warming is man made or not, there can be no doubt that dumping megatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere cannot be a good thing. A solution is needed if we are to take advantage of our coal reserves in the future.


Tri-Cities STEM School, Delta High

January 26, 2009

Delta High School, a school with emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math, is big news in Washington State’s Tri-Cities area. To be jointly operated by the three school districts in the region and with support from Battelle and Washington State University, Delta High plans to open with 100 freshmen in September, 2009. I support the development of the school, but not for the reasons cited by the vast majority of its proponents.


Terry Bergeson Has Left the Building

January 25, 2009



ALERT, JANUARY 21, 2009! Terry Bergeson has left the building. It has been a long, hard road, but Randy Dorn is now in charge. Here is a link: CLICK HERE , to where he describes how he plans to complete his campaign promise and begin the effort to replace the WASL with more reasonable assessments that provide useful information to teachers without punishing children because of their ethnicity or income of their parents. Now is the time to press for dropping the WASL graduation requirements for the class of 2009.

Back to the Real Basics

January 25, 2009


Marion Brady has allowed us to post a recent article we feel is of great importance. He asks us to examine problems we are facing with our current curriculum and to consider our purposes in the face of a changing world. If you want to stretch your brain a bit, read “Back to the Real Basics” .

UPDATE: The most recent post is a paper describing a learning assessment program developed to replace the WASL in Washington State. It can be found by clicking on the link here.

A Song by Tom Chapin

January 25, 2009


Here is a song by Tom Chapin that fits my beliefs pretty well.

Write to your newspaper

October 25, 2008

This would be a great time to write a letter to the Editor of your local paper to register
your concerns about the WASL as a graduation requirement. For letter writing tips CLICK HERE.

New School of Thought / Personal Intelligence Management

November 9, 2005


Watch this page for articles introducing a new topic to our selection: PERSONAL INTELLIGENCE MANAGEMENT. First to appear will be a presentation given to the Washington ASCD Conference in Seattle by Dr. Robert Valiant and his son, Bob Jr. This will be followed by a more comprehensive article that describes the components of a “New School of Thought” and details of what it takes to construct and manage one’s own intellect.

To read an earlier article on this topic “CLICK HERE”

Selnet News 2005: Submitted by Elizabeth Manning

April 22, 2005

SELNET-ASCD RGV writes Download PDF of 2005 SELNET News Letter

For the past 3 years VALIANT, etc. has been pleased to host ASCD SELNET. They will soon have their own website and will be moving information there. When that occurs we will maintain what is already here, but will inform our readers of the move.


“The recent preoccupation of the nation with reshaping academics and raising academic performance has all but overpowered a task of equally vital importance—educating our young people to become engaged members of their communities as citizens…. Citizenship in the American tradition is more than a status conferred. It has always aspired to the much higher level of personal participation, and is a continuing affirmation of the role of the self in self-government. But citizenship in the American tradition also carries with it the expectation that we will both enlarge its boundaries and pass it on to our children. We appeal to all Americans to broaden our concept of public education to embrace civic learning and engagement.”

from Restoring the Balance Between Academics and Civic Engagement in Public Schools, a policy initiative directed by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Download the Report at

Selnet News – MARCH 2004 Submitted by Elizabeth Manning

March 13, 2004

“Encouraging students to actively participate in their communities is vital in preparing them for their future lives as citizens in our democratic society. Schools that provide students opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to become actively engaged in civic life are important for the future of our democracy and the academic and social growth of our young people.”
Gene Carter, Executive Director of ASCD and member of the National Commission on Service-Learning