Concerned about future education


What thought has been given to non-STEM students? How will we reach a high floor in the system but not have a ceiling on high achievers gifted in non-STEM studies? Is it time to look at amalgamating school districts from nine down to one in Whatcom County? We cannot predict what an educated person will require 20 years from now so school systems face significant challenges to develop learning without much clarity about what exactly students will need. Maybe in addition to enthusiasm, a requirement for school board members is an ability to plan, articulate ideas and think outside of the box. In Lynden, $40 million for a middle school without knowing if buildings matched new technology meant defeat. Vancouver, Wash., built the Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School this year. It cost $16 million for a school that will focus on health and medical careers for 500 students. The demands of school systems and the professionals within them will increase in variety and complexity over the next 10 to 20 years. While we cannot predict what students need for success in future work and life, it is clear that those requirements will be different from the ones we have today, and influenced by the rapid changes in the social and economic landscape. Let's take the time to do these right, right teachers, right buildings, right programs and right costs.

Michael Eason


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