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February 14, 1991 | LESLIE HERZOG
When Famous Hooks was a boy in Chicago, the boundaries that defined white school districts kept moving. Each time, Hooks and his mother moved with them. "It was unheard of to have a black in an all-white school, but she was determined," Hooks said. "It seemed like you could never live in the right place in that city, but that didn't stop her. Every time they changed things, Mom would say, 'Well, it's time to move again.' " Today, Hooks is still in motion.
January 17, 1999 | Michael J. McGrorty
My father was a high school English teacher, a demon of adolescent hell with his diagraming of sentences and assigning of weekend homework. He slung adjectives at Hawthorne High students from 1955 to 1972 and, often, at me, too. In an era when many fathers tried to befriend their sons, Dad treated me like one of his students, for better and, occasionally, worse.
February 18, 1985 | JACK SMITH
I have been troubled by an Associated Press story out of Orange Park, Fla., reporting what seems to me an incredible coincidence. I wasn't going to take note of it here, but several clippings of it have been sent to me, from various newspapers, and I feel obliged to comment. The story said that Jim Mattson, an English teacher at Orange Park High School, had been collecting his students' malapropisms over a period of four years--both at Orange Park and during his previous assignment in Exeter, N.H., and it gave some examples.
April 4, 1990
Janis T. Gabay, an English teacher at Serra High School in San Diego, will receive the 1990 National Teacher of the Year award today at the White House. "I see my primary task as bringing out abilities and talents that students may not even know they have," Gabay says. State Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig called Gabay "the prototype of the teachers we need for the 1990s."
December 11, 2001 | From Associated Press
Middletown Township teachers went back to their classrooms Monday after a weeklong walkout that got more than 200 of them thrown in jail. There were plenty of hard feelings to go around: Teachers, parents and students all expressed resentment over the walkout, which disrupted child-care arrangements, left children idle and teachers feeling unappreciated. "It's a serious tear in the community," said Mel Clifford, an English teacher at Middletown North High School.
January 21, 2003
Re "Reading, 'Riting and Rap," Jan. 14: I am deeply disturbed that tax money is being spent on such a celebration of ignorance. When will the LAUSD get a clue? These students need guidance, not a teacher who needs to feel "hip." The wasteland called public education grows even more barren. This is the biggest pro-voucher advertisement yet. How insulting to the students. The unspoken message is that the kids can't relate to anything that is beyond the 'hood. These are the students who need the most help.
February 1, 1993 | Compiled for The Times by Trin Yarborough
SOMALY MEAS English teacher, Lakewood. Born in Cambodia, Anaheim resident It's quite out of the ordinary for a 22-year-old Cambodian woman like myself to live away from home and earn her living. Traditionally women in Cambodia have been condemned to stay at home as housewives, not encouraged to have political opinions or a higher education. They are "slaves of the house," always in a role inferior to that of the men.
December 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A man has been charged in the 1985 stabbing death of an English teacher who was discovered by his then-14-year-old niece, Philadelphia police said. Detectives used new technology to run a fingerprint found on a wine glass, said Barry Moskovitz, of the Records and Identification Unit. The development led to charges against William Basemore, 37, an inmate already on death row for the 1986 murder of a security guard.
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