November 10, 2013
Re "France is having a midweek crisis," Column One, Nov. 6 The controversy over French children having to attend class on Wednesdays brought to mind a quote by a friend - a teacher - who once said, "The mind can only absorb what punishment that the fanny can take. " Too many hours during a single sitting do not necessarily translate to productivity. Rich Flynn Huntington Beach ALSO: Letters: Justice poorly served Letters: Legalizing street vendors Letters: Prayer and the Supreme Court
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1996
With regard to education in general: The failure of our society in almost every respect proves that stupidity is something that has to be learned. JOSEPH MANDELBERG Granada Hills
May 29, 2012
Re "Romney spars with teachers over class size," May 25 Here's one for Mitt Romney. You want to fix U.S. education, civil rights issues, poverty spirals and low unemployment rates? Try this: Pass a law that mandates compulsory and free medical services to all children of citizens from birth to age 18. This revolution would make quantum leaps in eliminating the poverty barrier and the achievement gap, and maybe then class size wouldn't matter. President Obama has been our only president to connect achievement to proper medical care.
October 15, 2009 |
Danish director Lone Scherfig always has an easy touch with relationships, never overplaying the hand she's been dealt. That grace suffuses her enchanting new film, "An Education," a coming-of-age story set in 1960s London with Carey Mulligan as its star and perhaps the year's most refreshing new face. Though Mulligan is, in the technical sense, not a discovery, having waltzed nicely through a number of smaller roles (including playing a Bennet sister in 2005's "Pride & Prejudice"), this is the one that should cede a rapid rise.
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.
October 8, 2009 |
It's hard not to think that Carey Mulligan is having a "Queen for a Day" moment. Done up in purple satin, with gold kick-me stilettos, the fresh-faced 24-year-old is dolled up for pictures and perched on an antique table in the presidential suite of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, a $4,200-a-night, multi-room perch atop the storied hotel. The room isn't hers, even for the night, and neither are the clothes. Practically everything touching her skin is borrowed -- except for the air of giddy excitement.