Letter - Wa-Hi kids deserve better science education

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I write to urge you to vote yes on the science building bond. I graduated from Wa-Hi in 1993, and I remember that even then, the science classrooms were crowded and aging.

One of my fondest science class memories is making peanut brittle over a Bunsen burner with our teacher, Mr. Bud Bowman, but I still remember how cramped we were as we tried to manipulate the equipment on narrow tables — and how afterward we jostled for space at the tiny sink.

Now, more than 20 years later, despite the valiant efforts of our teachers and staff, the condition of those classrooms is more of a hindrance than a help to learning.

In today’s economy, our kids need a better science education than current physical conditions allow. With more room, up-to-date equipment, and a well-wired infrastructure, science teachers could vastly expand their lesson plans and guide students through a wider array of experiments.

I don’t claim to be a science person, but I see the value in this subject area. We all know that science and technology jobs are growing even as other areas contract.

This is fundamental learning that our kids need in order to be competitive after high school, and it requires more room and better equipment to do it well.

My son now attends the same grade school I once did, and my father before me. It’s a poignant experience watching my kids in the same classrooms where I once sat. I see the space in double-vision.

I want them to experience the same things I did — the same quality of care and attention — and I believe that they will. But I also believe that the world has shifted since I graduated, particularly in the areas of science and technology.

One of the things I like most about this new proposal is the way it preserves the feeling of the Wa-Hi campus that I knew, while creating a new space designed for the sciences.

This is a plan that makes sense, and it will be beneficial for all voters (whether you have kids in the school system or not) as our young people graduate and become leaders in our community and in our wider world.

Please vote yes for our students, our teachers and our future.

Jennifer Hess Mouat

Walla Walla

Comments

fatherof5 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Great perspective, Jennifer. This is a helpful point of view.

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