Bob Dean

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It's time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers.

James Madison said, "We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self government."
This idea -- that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power -- is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man.

This is the issue: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream--the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.

Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, "The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits."

The Founding Fathers knew a government can't control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing.

Ronald Reagan - 1964

April 5, 2013 at 8:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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John do you really think that Obamacare is equivalent to local fire protection? It seems to me that there has always been wide spread support for fire protection. I also get to vote regularly on funding levels for fire protection. I don't remember any fire regulations consisting of a 2500 page document that was forced on the people by legislators who hadn't even read what was in it.

For sure health care in this country needs a serious overhaul but it needs to be done during the light of day with bipartisan support and with the full knowledge and review of the American people. Despite all the rhetoric our current President doesn't have a clue why his "Chicago Style" politics doesn't fly with the majority of the American people.

Happy Easter

April 8, 2012 at 6:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Evergreen gets budget-cutting advice from panel

I agree.....and I'm not basing my opinions on anything that you have said.... I would be happy to talk to you any time....

February 26, 2011 at 5:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Evergreen gets budget-cutting advice from panel

Wow audi4eva I didn't sense any anger from you..... you just made some good points.... oh well... the written word has its limitations.... and I'm sure we are all trying to do our best... To me, the kids are worth all the struggles...

February 25, 2011 at 8:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Evergreen gets budget-cutting advice from panel

Quality.....Thanks for the discussion... but you seem to jump to your own conclusions.... Why would you conclude that just because I have noticed that the coaching model (as you describe) has resulted in no improvement that I would be against collaboration? Why would you conclude that just because I don't agree with this model (based on numerous years of seeing it not work) that I want my door closed and my teaching private.... my door is always open and anyone is welcome to walk in (as long as they laugh at my jokes.)

It seems that you somehow have concluded that I don't think teachers can improve, or that a teacher couldn't learn something from someone else, or numerous other conclusions that really must be a result of what you think about teachers...They are certainly not based on what I have said. I support my fellow teachers, and I love to talk teaching and collaborate with my colleagues every chance I get.

But that has nothing to do with the failure of the coaching model that most of us have witnessed since its inception.

February 25, 2011 at 8:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Evergreen gets budget-cutting advice from panel

It is interesting to see that the ad hoc committee found a large percentage of teachers who do not feel the coaches have added value to the system while the administrators seem to think they have.

This seems to indicate a growing disconnect between the administration and the people who are actually doing the educating. If we are to see improvement, this issue needs to be addressed. Making cuts that have a direct impact on kids, while keeping items that are obscure raises many legitimate questions.

February 25, 2011 at 4:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Evergreen gets budget-cutting advice from panel


You hit the nail on the head when you identified the Math Coaches as a luxury that we can’t afford. I would go beyond that; they are a distraction that has shown no benefit either in Evergreen or statewide. Math scores have gone down all over the state during the last 5 years that math coaches have been in vogue.

I would ask the following:

1) Shouldn’t any coach know more than those who they are coaching? That is not the case with many math coaches…. Many don’t even have degrees in mathematics and yet they are trying to coach people who do.

2) Shouldn’t any teacher coach be a master teacher who is respected by those who they will coach? That is not the true in many cases…

3) Where is the data that shows improvement since the advent of math coaches?…. The data shows steady decline since we have had math coaches…..

4) What education and qualifications do math coaches have? Little or none beyond professional development…. And few teachers will agree that PD qualifies you for anything….

Limiting student access to the media center or removing high school counselors, are things that have a direct impact on students. Math coaches have had little impact and they certainly have had no direct impact on students as the data shows. What are we supposed to be getting for the 2 million dollar cost?

February 25, 2011 at 3:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

WA lawmakers: Education reform is still breathing

Putting the Schools Chief under the governor will not increase accountability, it will increase the politicalization of education. People don't elect a governor based on where they stand on education issues and a governor will can't spend all of their time devoted to education.

Of the nine elected state offices, no other office besides governor deserves to have more direct accountability to the people. Education is the one area that citizens are constantly encouraged to be involved in. Citizens are involved in PTA, local school boards, numerous statewide hearings, and parents are asked to be involved in their child’s education. Most of the other state elected offices have little public involvement.

Even though a lot of people couldn't tell you who the Superintendent of Public instruction is, the public has a right to have an education chief who is directly accountable to the people. Gov Gregiore has no good answers for our education problem and trying to take over OSPI is nothing more than a power grab, pure and simple.

February 2, 2011 at 5:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


Bob Dean is a former Clark County Builder and has taught high school mathematics for more than 20 years. He was appointed by the State Board of Education to be on its' Math Advisory Panel and was later appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to be on the standards revision team that wrote new math standards for the state of Washington. He has written numerous op-ed articles on math education that have been published around the state and has been a presenter at the University of Washington, the state legislature, and the Washington Association of School Administrators. He remains a strong advocate for real improvement of math education.

November 7, 2010 at 11:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Common Goals

There are so many misunderstood concepts in this piece that it is hard to answer them all.

*“As long as our state’s autonomy in education is respected and observed there is nothing wrong with embracing national standards.”*

The very idea of national standards disrespects both our state and citizen autonomy. Washington’s struggle with math standards has been long and painful. It took the citizens of Washington to force action to correct the previous poorly written math standards. Where will Washingtonians go when there are problems with national standards and assessments?

The newly revised Washington math standards have been rated higher than the Common Core State Standards by the Fordham foundation and the Washington Where’s the Math organization. We have spent millions on professional development and implementation of our new standards. Now we are supposed to dump all that and adopt another set of standards? This will result in further delay for using math achievement as a graduation requirement and continue the mass confusion that has been forced on the children of this state. There is absolutely no justification for making this change.

According to the Columbian national math standards will result in:

*1) making things easier when students transfer from state to state 2) solving our college remediation problem 3) better grooming our workforce 4) and speeding up the pipeline into higher education.*

These are just some of the arguments that have been put forth by those who are pushing for national standards. The problem is that none of them are true.

1) Common standards don’t lead to common curricula (as stated by Howard Buck in the article). All 50 states, including Washington, have had common standards for more than a decade. There is a wide variety of curricula being used throughout our state despite having common standards.

2) Common standards have nothing to do with our college remediation problem, if they did we would have seen improvement in our own state when we adopted common state standards.

3) The Common Core State Standards do not emphasize the type of math needed in the workforce.

4) The CCSS will also not help the college pipeline or do anything to help increase the number of college ready students. In fact they will do the opposite because they will force schools to concentrate on the low end students instead of our top students. This is the exact opposite of what our international competition is doing and is one of the main reasons why we have fallen from leading the world in math education to being far down in the pack.

The only thing the CCSS will add to is the cost of education in Washington state. If you want to see more problems with the CCSS check out my Columbian blog.

October 19, 2010 at 5:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )