Opinion: Less raucous, more civility: Seattle needs to talk freely about schools

This opinion piece, written by Seattle parent Alison Krupnick, was originally featured in Crosscut on Thursday April 19th. Our Schools couldn’t agree more! If you’re wondering how we ask folks to conduct civil discourse on this blog, please take a look at our comment policy.

As a Seattle public school parent and as a journalist who has written about education issues, I want to add my voice to the chorus calling for civil discourse when we debate the state of our schools and consider education initiatives.

But I want to take it a step further. Civility isn’t enough.

As a journalist, I’ve had the opportunity to interview teachers, administrators, school board directors, the heads of several education advocacy groups and education service providers, bloggers, and parents. As an involved public school parent, I’ve served on two school leadership teams and have been an active PTA supporter. Though opinions often differed, in no instance did I come away with the impression that the subjects of my interviews or the people sitting around the table with me were motivated by anything other than providing the best educational outcome for all kids.

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The conversation around civility and education was also featured in Education Week in an article written by CRPE’s Robin Lake.