What others say: Digital learning initiative would improve access to education

Alaska has its great teachers, the best of the best.

Gov. Sean Parnell recognizes that and wants to create access to them for all Alaska students.

He has started a statewide education initiative that will digitally link digitally teachers, courses and students in Alaska for a shared goal of excellence.

“Every Alaskan child, including those in rural communities, deserves access to a world-class education,” Parnell told the Alaska Federal of Natives Convention recently in Fairbanks. “It is time for bold solutions, and my administration is committed to going big into digital learning over the next five years to ensure all of Alaska’s children have access to the best teachers available.”

Parnell expects the project will attract Alaska’s top educators and make them available to all Alaska students. They will be in direct contact through interactive, digital learning.

The five-year project will involve innovative digital and distance delivery models, with an emphasis on middle and high school math and science classes.

This project undoubtedly will be exciting to the AFN and rural communities, but it means no less to larger school districts. It means that the quality of education will increase throughout Alaska.

— Ketchikan Daily News,

Oct. 28

More

Op-ed: Trump won the news conference

Donald Trump should do press conferences more often. Not for the country’s sake, certainly not for the media’s sake, but for his. He really shouldn’t have waited 167-plus days to hold one, because the man gives great sound bite. Although I’ve participated in probably thousands of these staged encounters as a reporter, they’re not my favorite way of getting news — you almost never get any. The guy at the podium controls the proceeding. He can get his message out with little challenge from the assembled journalists who are limited to a question and a follow-up, maybe. Politicians can bob and weave through that without any of us landing a blow. And that’s our job: to penetrate the canned responses to their version of the controversy du jour and get at whatever truth they are hiding. Besides, Trump — who uses contempt for the media as a weapon, his preferred way to discredit reporting that displeases him —has a wonderful forum to do that. At the very least he should hold these confrontations as a supplement to his Twitter tirades. And frequently. It’s his opportunity to hold the media hostage as they cover live his rain of abuse on them.

Read more

Good luck in Juneau

The 30th Alaska Legislature gavels in on Tuesday, and we’d like to take a moment to wish our Kenai Peninsula legislators good luck over the coming months in Juneau.

Read more

Ready to weather the storm

If there’s a bright spot in the recent headlines regarding Alaska’s economy, it’s this: on the Kenai Peninsula, the bad news isn’t nearly as bad as it could be.

Read more

Letters to the editor

Chuitna mine threatens Alaska way of life

Read more