Columns written about education policy and practice by Idaho teachers and administrators.

Graduation improvements and successes

Increasing degree and certificate rates for Idahoans is an important cultural change. Like most cultural changes, we must make continued, consistent efforts on multiple fronts to achieve important goals.

A plea for help … from an Idaho educator

Stop telling students that their success or failure is the result of “the system” and not their own efforts. We should always look for ways to improve education, but we can do it with integrity and enthusiasm.

The paradox of ‘grit’

Maybe we have to teach kids that asking for help is okay, that letting go isn’t giving up, and that sometimes the only pathway to peace might also mean coming face to face with our own shadow and embracing it with love, empathy and compassion.

Idaho’s public education system works

I think every parent, student and teacher would rally behind thoughtful reform, geared specifically and solely to help the kids. In the meantime, we’re lucky enough to have a dynamic and thriving educational system intact here in Idaho.