Mr. Milton 
    Room:     A202
    Subject:   8th Grade English


    Welcome to Spring Semester of the 2020-21 school year at Pioneer.  
    We are continuing the school year in remote mode. But a hybrid schedule--some time in the school building, some time at home--appears quite possible!
    While we remain on remote schedule, the plan stays what it has been all year.   Students have synchronous class time in the morning, and asynchronous time in the afternoon.  That means the morning classes (which will switch, depending on the day) will meet on Zoom at a set time, and students will need to be involved in that.
    The classes that students didn't attend in the morning will have some asynchronous work in the afternoon.  While we will follow the school schedule, the asynchronous work will likely have more flexibility in timing.

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    More details on the plans for hybrid schooling are forthcoming.
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    As far as I understand it--at least at this point, the plan is something like this:

    My name is Andrew Milton and I teach 8th grade English at Pioneer.  I have been teaching 8th grade since 2006, all at Pioneer Middle School.   Prior to that, I taught political science at the University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington, Tacoma.  From 2003-2013, I taught international relations as a part-time adjunct professor at Troy University (on Joint Base Lewis-McChord).  I have Bachelors degrees in political science and economics from the University of California, Davis. I also have advanced degrees in international affairs--from CSU, Sacramento, and political science--from the University of Oregon.
    I believe that a well-rounded education enables students to achieve two things: a solid foundation of knowledge in the subject areas of study, and the sharpening of the skills to flexibly and adaptively employ that knowledge.  I take it as my responsibility to prepare each one of my students for success in both these areas, so that they may achieve even greater success beyond my classroom.
    At the same time, Wendell Berry reminds us,
    “The complexity of our present trouble suggests as never before that we need to change our present concept of education. Education is not properly an industry, and its proper use is not to serve industries, either by job-training or by industry-subsidized research. It's proper use is to enable citizens to live lives that are economically, politically, socially, and culturally responsible. This cannot be done by gathering or "accessing" what we now call "information" - which is to say facts without context and therefore without priority. A proper education enables young people to put their lives in order, which means knowing what things are more important than other things; it means putting first things first.”