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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.
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.
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.
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