September 4, 2004
In the article "Better Off Than 4 Years Ago? Nation Is Divided," Aug. 30, you present, without comment, a table titled "Economics of Election" comparing six measures of the economic record of each president since Eisenhower. The comparison is so striking that I think it deserves some analysis. For example, if you summarize the measures of each term for two-term Democratic and Republican administrations by combining the two Bush (father and son) terms, the two Nixon-Ford terms and the two Kennedy-Johnson terms, in addition to the two-term Reagan and Clinton administrations (excluding the Eisenhower administration, for which the data are incomplete)
September 11, 2003 |
What not to say in front of your math teacher: "This is so stupid. Like I'm ever going to need fractions." Especially in front of a teacher with the power to drive a kid crazy by transforming even the most mundane activities -- choosing what shirt to wear, for instance -- into head-scratching problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and percentages.
April 13, 2003
Re "Teacher Layoffs Considered in L.A.," April 3: Being a student in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I cannot believe that the school board has proposed to cut the school budgets in the areas where money is needed the most. As it is, some of my classes have over 40 students. If teachers are laid off, the class sizes would be even larger. In particular, my school began to go on a year-round schedule three years ago. Since this change, the school's test scores have dropped each year.
August 30, 2001 |
Many people equate "educational software" with "boring." But that's no longer true. Here are some back-to-school titles your kids will think are cool. Preschool and Kindergarten 'Dr. Seuss Preschool' Learning Co. $20 PC/Mac Preschoolers need a lot of practice with such early learning skills as identifying numbers and letters, counting, recognizing colors and shapes and using logic. Good early learning software should cover these skills in a fun, supportive environment. "Dr.
June 10, 2001 |
You've probably heard how Mark Twain, revered writer and seasoned traveler, once classified falsehoods three ways: There are lies, damn lies and statistics, he wrote, citing former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli as his source. But in this age of free-flowing data and unfettered markets, statistics can be a fine friend to a traveler.
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March 22, 2000
Re "Debate on How to Teach Math Takes Cultural Turn," March 17: In my 28 years of teaching, I have never seen a student who cannot perform basic arithmetic operations without a calculator succeed in algebra. Unfortunately, LAUSD thinks otherwise and continues to force all students regardless of skill level to take algebra. If the new economy wants workers who have demonstrable skills in mathematics, then students and teachers must be willing to engage in intensive drill and practice in arithmetic beginning in kindergarten.