Nov 4, 2011
commented on Students Fight to Keep From Being Censored by School District, Principals
I was the editor of the talisman about six or seven years ago, and when I was there I would have killed for something like this to happen. I recall being jealous of some eastside (mercer island?) high school who's principal tried to pull something like this. Either you make a stand and get respect for it, or go down fighting for what you believe in. Either way, it's more relevant than anything that gets printed in a high school paper.
Feb 16, 2011
commented on Teacher Unions Lash Out Against Bill Seeking to End "Last In, First Out" Rule
I graduated from Ballard High School in 2006, and I have to say that if any of the teachers I had should have been fired, it definitely would have been some of the ones who had been around a long time. Granted, it was a rich, white school and all that, but the problems didn't come from incompetence, but complacency. Certainly there were a couple of amazing teachers who had been teaching for decades, but if I had the power to fire teachers at that school, i'd get pretty far down the list before I got to anyone young or new.
Oddly enough, I had the opposite experience at Evergreen, with the single professor that hadn't been teaching there in 1990 being the worst of the bunch.