Letters to the Editor: Dec. 19, 2019
Pay attention to subject-verb agreement
The photograph on the front page of the Dec. 12, 2019, edition caught my eye because of the grammar on the cardboard sign that stated "Black Lives Matters." No problem there because it was a depiction of the scene as encountered by the photographer.
However, it was the drop head in the lead article that truly stood out: "Study find those being searched most are least likely threat."
"Study" is a singular subject that should have the singular verb "finds" in this case. Grammatical Lives Matter along with proofreading.
As a lifelong journalist and lover of local news coverage, I appreciate the service your organization provides the many communities it serves.
Larry Dill, Beaverton
A new adventure for Beaverton private school
Pilgrim Lutheran Christian School seeks to serve with church and home in developing the whole child — body, mind, and soul. If we truly seek to fulfill this mission statement, then proficiency-based learning is imperative for us.
Ask any educator and they will tell you that there is always something new and shiny on the educational forefront. However, they will also tell you that all children learn differently, and maybe proficiency-based learning isn't a new and shiny program but a way of shifting our focus. In our effort to develop the whole child, then it is our responsibility to become learner-centered rather than school-centered.
At Pilgrim, we realized that we needed to make some changes to fulfill our mission.
Change is difficult and overwhelming at times. It is difficult for faculty and students to adjust and communicate these changes to families. It is easy to remain comfortable with what you already know and continue on that path.
When we made the decision to transition to a more learner-centered environment, we knew that it wasn't going to be easy, and we were going to need resources. We realized our teachers were going to step outside of their comfort zones and would need professional development. We also realized that we would need some additional tools and need to redesign our classrooms to accommodate all of our students learning styles.
The Catalyst Grant that the school received this year, has allowed us to begin this new adventure. The motto for the blended third- through fifth-grade classroom — where we chose to focus our implementation — is "Let the Adventure Begin." We talk to the students about having a growth mindset, which is believing that our basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for both students and faculty.
It hasn't been easy and it likely will not be for some time, but we are committed to continuing on this journey because we are committed to fulfilling our mission of educating the whole child.
Principal, Pilgrim Lutheran Christian School
Light-rail expansion seen as good thing
I could not agree more with The Times' Nov. 14, 2019, editorial endorsement of the proposed new light-rail line linking Portland and Southeast Washington County, including the decisions of the mayors of Tigard and Tualatin not to shorten the line or narrow the Barbur Boulevard corridor ("Spend enough to get light rail right").
It seems to me that strikes the right balance between the need for more regional mass transit and the continuing reality of individual motor vehicles.
I benefit from living on light-rail lines in downtown Portland, and am confident the entire region will do so with this proposed expansion.
Alan Willis, Southwest Portland
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