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March 18, 2001
Re "Just What the EdD Should Not Be Ordering," Valley Perspective, March 11. William Chitwood's well-written commentary suggests that we don't need EdDs. He suggests that more EdDs won't help children learn to read and write. I beg to differ. I think that Chancellor [Charles B.] Reed's initiative to establish EdD programs at some Cal State University campuses is a step in the right direction to improve K-12 education. The CSU, because it presently has no EdD programs, will design pioneering new programs that could be revolutionarily different from existing programs.
May 14, 2001
Best wishes for Trudy Arriaga's future success as the new superintendent of Ventura Unified School District. Hopefully she will further the basic question, "What is education?" My first-grade teacher told me that "education is not knowing everything but knowing where to find it and what to do with it after you find it." One big thing missing from our schools today is incentive. In order to have good attendance, students must have the incentive to be there. They must believe what they are there for is important to their future.
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.
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.
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.
September 28, 2010 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Yamileth Fuentes constantly worried about her son Michael's education. As the mother of a child with learning disabilities, she made sure he didn't get overlooked in school. She fretted when his math worksheets weren't challenging enough, or when his spelling slipped. The energetic 42-year-old Metro bus driver wasn't afraid to fight on her son's behalf. She enlisted the help of clergymen, bureaucrats and an army of lawyers in the battle to get Michael a proper education.
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