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June 20, 1992
Your "Ad Watch" column of May 23 contained several factual errors about education in Arkansas in an analysis of one of Gov. Bill Clinton's campaign ads. "The state's schools ranked among the nation's worst . . . and they still do." The only areas in which Arkansas education ranks low are those related to spending. Arkansas is a historically poor state with limited resources; even so, we rank in the top two or three states in the percentage of our state budget dedicated to education and rank high in education spending compared to individual income.
April 18, 1995
As a parent of three school-age children, I think I have a sense of what the problem is with our schools. I'm afraid it goes much deeper than any Band-Aid reforms can help. We have an essential scorn for education in this country. Intellectual politicians rarely remain popular. Our heroes are sports figures. Poetry, theater, art and music are the province of an elite few and are not supported by either the people or the government. The value of thinking for thinking's sake and learning for learning's sake is completely alien to us. We want only external results.
May 26, 1997
William Bradley does a great job of puncturing myths on both sides of the public education crisis (Commentary, May 19). Smaller classes will not alone cure our problems, and vouchers will forever destroy the opportunity for the vast majority of the poor to climb out of the lower classes. Unfortunately, he does not offer a solution to the problem. Allow me to do so. Our schools desperately need accountability; but to most people, accountability means that if the student does not perform, we should blame the teacher or the school system.
February 26, 1993
A "grito" (shout) of support and agreement for Navarrette's article. Many Hispanic professionals have firsthand experience with the problems of economic disparity. Those of us on the front lines, especially private sector and small business professionals, have heard the wake-up call loud and clear. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, the progress and equality that education promised us has been disappointing at best. Equal pay for equal work still escapes many Hispanic professionals throughout our nation.
October 13, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
Malala Yousafzai did not trade in her modest head scarf for a pair of skinny jeans. She wanted to go to school. For that, the Taliban tried to kill her. When her attackers learned that the freckled 14-year-old Pakistani might survive, they promised to finish the job. Malala, they explained, had been "promoting Western culture. " The Taliban has committed all manner of atrocities over the years, many of them aimed at women. This time, the militants created an icon for a global movement - for the notion that the most efficient way to propel developing countries is to educate their girls.
October 4, 2009 | Seema Mehta
As thousands of laid off California teachers sit out the school year, educators are worried about the long-term effect of losing so many teachers. Some instructors are considering leaving the state or even the profession, and if history is any indication, fewer young people will pursue careers in teaching. "The pipeline issue is one of the most significant challenges that we're dealing with, with the layoff situation or the pink-slipping," said Margaret Gaston, executive director of the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, a Santa Cruz-based nonprofit focused on strengthening California's teacher workforce.
March 26, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
University of California President Janet Napolitano struck a rare blow for rational education practice this week by pushing back strongly against the craze for online learning courses. Online education isn't a panacea, she said; it's not for everyone, it's not cheap, and if it's done right it may not even save money. Are you listening, Gov. Brown? Napolitano, who took over at UC in September, made her remarks Monday during an appearance sponsored by the Public Policy Institute of California . Some 500 spectators were present in person and, ahem, online.
July 10, 2012 | By Philip Brandes
As the title suggests, Alan Aymie's “A Child Left Behind” at the Beverly Hills Playhouse takes critical aim at the ways under-resourced educational institutions fail those they're meant to serve -- in particular, disadvantaged and special needs students. Directed by Paul Stein for the Katselas Theatre Company, Aymie's heartfelt solo performance draws on his teaching experience in some of the Los Angeles Unified School District's poorest-performing elementary schools, and skillfully interleaves it with the learning challenges faced by his son diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.
April 11, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
The son of a railroad worker, Earl Warren came from a family keeping a desperate finger hold on a working-class existence at the turn of the last century. Yet when he left high school in Bakersfield in 1908, there was no question where he was headed: to Berkeley and a free education at the University of California. There he proved an indifferent student scholastically but an enthusiastic absorber of "the new life, the freedom, the companionship, the romance of the university," Warren recalled years later.
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