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Last Word on schools, Jan. 6

Last Word on schools, Jan. 6

Back at school

Students need to practice using their “toolbox” in school so they will be equipped to solve bigger problems down the road. The focus of today’s work environment is on the application of skills — qualities not necessarily measured by standardized assessments — including creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, critical thinking and willingness to make mistakes while problem solving.

There is a lot of information and controversy about the local schools. It has come to my attention that more than 20 percent of students in the Williamsburg-James City County School District have to get breakfast at school because it is unavailable to them at...