From our point of view: cheers and sarcasm: learning while doing; Rising rents

cheers: To “learning” at work. Public School Principal Chris Rikdale has announced a plan to help high school students obtain school credit for out-of-school jobs. The idea would allow students to receive one academic credit for 360 hours of work; 24 credit hours are required for graduation. The accreditation can be considered as an elective course and not a core curriculum such as Mathematics or English.

“Students say they are looking for more connections between where they want to go and what they are learning,” Ryckdal said. “This is about how students choose their time.” Part-time work can provide life lessons that are just as valuable as learning a book, but the program will require active monitoring. Schools are expected to check with employers to track student progress. If implemented correctly, the program makes sense and reflects the fact that education extends beyond the walls of the school building.

the irony: To an irresponsible gun owner. Someone reportedly fired a shotgun at a car that was driving recklessly this week in the St. John neighborhood. According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, callers reported the driver, and then a man came outside and shot the car. By the time the deputies arrived, the car and the man were gone.

Reckless driving can be dangerous and can disturb the peace, but responding with gunfire is folly. Firing from a gun in a residential neighborhood threatens homes and nearby residents and can make the situation worse.

cheers: to lower rates of COVID. Infections in Clark County have decreased over the past week, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has moved the area from a medium risk category to a low risk category. On Thursday, local officials announced that infections fell from 170.1 per 100,000 people to 153.2. Meanwhile, patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID occupy about 20 percent of the county’s intensive care beds.

Infection rates are difficult to track these days, with many people using test kits at home or simply isolation to wait for symptoms. But it’s good that the numbers are headed in the preferred direction. Common sense – including wearing masks in dangerous situations – is still warranted to prevent another major outbreak of the virus.

the irony: to unsustainable housing. According to the National Coalition on Low-Income Housing, a minimum wage worker in Washington needs to work 72 hours a week to purchase a typical one-bedroom apartment in the state. In Vancouver, a worker would need to earn about $30 an hour to afford the average two-bedroom rent. The study uses a common threshold — 30 percent of wages goes toward housing — to calculate its numbers.

Housing is clearly tough on the budgets of many Washington residents. The data helps put this difficulty into perspective.

cheers: To Alexia Bravo. The 16-year-old spends the summer studying the universe, participating in an internship through the University of Texas Space Research Center. Project Bravo works remotely from home while collaborating with NASA scientists and engineers to analyze images and data from satellites orbiting the Earth, Moon and Mars.

Bravo’s work focuses on asteroid 14691. “I’m excited about what’s to come,” she said. “We are just starting to process the data, usually in groups of about 150-200 images each. There is a lot to do.” Unsurprisingly, one of Bravo’s teachers at Union said, “She’s great, off the charts great.” My compliments to Bravo and the teachers who inspired her.

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