March 7, 2013
In California, teachers whose students include English learners are required by state law to have special certification. That's sensible, given the special challenges that come with running a classroom in which not all children are equally proficient in the language being spoken. There are two ways to secure that certification: by graduating from a college or university that grants such a certificate, or by attending a program that educates would-be teachers in that specialty. The teachers certified by the latter route receive what is called an "intern credential.
December 1, 2012
Re "A road map for L.A. Unified," Editorial, Nov. 28 The Times refers to a recent study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that determined that teachers without advanced degrees are as effective as those who have them. Really? In my 16 years of teaching at a public high school, I have noticed that teachers who have advanced degrees in their field are better advocates for their programs and more apt to assume leadership positions. This probably has something to do with conducting one's own research and defending a thesis before a professional committee.
August 31, 2012 |
WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - News that exploratory drilling in the Arctic could begin as early as next week brought a palpable sense of exuberance to the squat workers' camp on the Chukchi Sea, where Shell Alaska has been slowly preparing to launch operations about 70 miles offshore. “I've been waiting four years, coming up here to do this, and now I get to be here and be part of this new venture with the company. It's exciting,” Travis McNair, supervisor of Shell's oil spill response crew in this remote northwest Alaska coastal village, said in an interview.
August 30, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has given permission to Shell Oil to begin what it calls “preparatory work” in its controversial effort to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off the coast of Alaska. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the permission will allow Shell to install a blowout preventer ahead of exploratory oil drilling. The preparatory work involves drilling to install the needed equipment, but the drilling will avoid pockets of oil and gas, Salazar said. Shell still has other hurdles to cross before it can actually drill for oil -- and winter deadlines are looming.
August 28, 2012 |
Huzzah, America, our centuries-old struggle with racism and bigotry may be coming to an end. This news was confirmed by none other than Michael Eric Dyson, a professor of sociology and the author of 18 books on race, racism, racial history, black culture and black history. Suffice it to say, he knows a lot about prejudice and bigotry. Yet in response to Mitt Romney's lame joke about not needing a birth certificate to prove he was from Michigan, Dyson proclaimed, to the approval of a collection of sage pundits on MSNBC, that Romney was resorting to "the basest and the most despicable bigotry we might be able to imagine.
August 24, 2012 |
COMMERCE, Mich. -- During a homecoming rally in his boyhood state of Michigan on Friday, Mitt Romney thrust himself into a controversy over President Obama's birthplace that has roiled at the fringe of his party, joking that “No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place where we were born and raised.” Though Obama's aides have produced have both the short and long form of his birth certificate - showing that he was born in Honolulu -- critics of Obama have raised questions about his citizenship since the early days of the 2008 election.
August 24, 2012 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Mitt Romney told CBS News that he was not taking “a swipe” at the president when he mentioned his birth certificate during a Friday rally in Michigan. While campaigning with Paul D. Ryan at a farm outside of Detroit earlier in the afternoon, Romney had touted his roots in Michigan, where his father was a three-term governor. After telling a crowd of thousands that he loved “being home” and mentioned the hospitals where he and his wife were born, he added “No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate.
August 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Still convinced President Obama wasn't born in the United States? A brand-new political committee will be happy to accept your donations to keep the theory alive. The Conservative Majority Fund, set up a month ago by a political consultant, is sponsoring television ads that recycle some discredited conspiracy theories regarding Obama's identity -- including suggestions that he's using a phony Social Security number and a fake birth certificate. “We know less about this man than any president in American history,” the ad says.
July 18, 2012 |
Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio says that volunteer investigators working for him have concluded that President Obama's birth certificate is not legitimate. The Maricopa County sheriff made his remarks Tuesday at a news conference, saying: “At the very least, I can tell you this, based on all of the evidence presented and investigated, I cannot in good faith report to you that these documents are authentic.” He added: “My investigators believe that the long-form birth certificate was manufactured electronically and that it did not originate in a paper format as claimed by the White House.” The latest pronouncements are a return to the issue for Arpaio, who is seeking reelection in November.