July 4, 1998
Paul Brownfield's interview with Paul Rodriguez shows the perils of asking celebrities their opinions on issues that they may know nothing about ("Funny How He Speaks His Mind," June 25). Because Rodriguez is Latino, Brownfield asks him why he voted for Proposition 227, prefacing his question by saying "you grew up with bilingual education." Wrong. Rodriguez is 43, so he went to school from about 1960 to 1973. That was a time of English immersion in California schools. Since Rodriguez had no experience with bilingual, i.e. two-language education, he opposes it by falsely saying that students in the program only learn Spanish, and that Spanish will not help you get a job. Rodriguez himself has gotten a lot of work on Univision programs precisely because he speaks Spanish fluently, though his command of grammar is about that of a first-grader.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1993
As a parent of a child at Dysinger School in Buena Park, I feel compelled to respond to recent controversy surrounding the school and the Centralia School District ("Bilingual Education Debate Heating Up," Jan. 19). I have had two children attend Dysinger School and . . . would put the education they have received from the teachers at Dysinger School up against any school, public or private. I also do not believe the parents should be able to choose the teachers their children are going to have, barring some terrible personality conflict.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1998
I work for the Oxnard Unified School District, where I teach a bilingual fourth-grade class. For two years I have been working hard toward completing my teaching credential. In doing so, I have come across much research concerning the effectiveness of bilingual education. According to the research that I have read, it is vital to teach a child in his or her native language in their first four years of attending any type of academic institution. The reason is that when these children are taught in their native language for the first four years, they will make the transition to English much more easily, giving them an opportunity to succeed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1997
Re "Campaign Targets Bilingual Education," July 9: It is good that Ron Unz and Gloria Matta Tuchman want parents to get their wish in which educational program they choose for their children. But the verbiage is too extreme and ethnocentric. Only when parents truly understand the intent of bilingual education can they make an informed choice. I've taught for 14 years in a bilingual classroom, and only twice have I seen at my school site any comprehensive meeting to inform parents of what each educational program offers their children and the proven research that validates bilingual education, as well as other programs.
July 29, 1993 |
Just ask big screen mass-murderer Freddy Krueger. Or Los Angeles Police Chief Willie Williams. Mr. Senior Citizen Universe. Actor Ed Begley. Chevy Chase's wife, Janie. Or the folks from Good & Plenty candy, Magic Mountain and the Frigo Cheese Dinosaur Man. Bozo the Clown, however, pulled the ultimate no-no: He said N-O. So did Cheech Marin. But Mother Mooch knows you can't win 'em all. Savvy celebrity-stalking and big-business mooching can sometimes be tricky.
September 12, 1993
Re Robin Abcarian's "Sunday Reader Angst: Getting Real About the Estate" (Aug. 29): What a disappointment. I love Abcarian's columns. She isn't afraid to take risks, usually for the downtrodden. She seems so real when she gives us a glimpse into taking care of an ill parent or her newborn daughter. How could she be so cavalier about rejecting the neighborhood schools, and especially the bilingual classes, without at least visiting them and talking to the teachers? I drove my daughter to a school out of her attendance area especially to attend a bilingual kindergarten class last year.