CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2005 |
A teacher at a Catholic school in Ventura was arrested Thursday on suspicion of having sex with a 17-year-old student, Ventura police officials said. John E. Statham, 55, was taken into custody just after 7 a.m. outside his Camarillo home, officials said. He was booked into Ventura County Jail on a single count of committing a lewd act with a minor, authorities said. Ventura Police Sgt.
August 31, 2005 |
LILY KING'S first novel, "The Pleasing Hour," was impressive for its confident and sensual rendering of a young American woman's experience as an au pair in France. Especially notable was the novel's accomplished handling of fluctuating points of view -- the au pair Rosie's story, the perspectives of the three children she is caring for, even glimpses of their mother's troubled past.
August 4, 2005 |
"TEACHERS," which debuts tonight on BBC America, is a comedy-drama (originally shown in England in 2001) that watches the staff of a British high school at work and play -- mostly drinking, smoking, talking about sex, and to a lesser extent, having it. It is not issue-oriented, or even particularly concerned with education, though the milieu is convincingly portrayed and crucial to the main idea that teachers are often only barely older than their charges, and not necessarily more mature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2005 |
A visitor wandering into Alan Sitomer's English literature class at Lynwood High School could be forgiven for wondering when Elmore Leonard became required reading for 10th graders. In the course of leading a lively discussion about a work of fiction, Sitomer described one character as a whore and another as a gold-digger. One's a hanger-on, the type who'd take advantage of his best friend, the rap star. And then there's the "regular dude," a guy who just "wants things to be good in his 'hood."
April 30, 2003
Re "End Class-Size Straitjacket," Opinion, April 27: Eric Hanushek's comment that "pupil-teacher ratios have fallen nationally to under 16-1 today" makes my blood boil, and I am sure raised the temperature of every other teacher who read it. I have taught English classes of 40 and English classes of 36, and my son's sixth-grade class currently has 35. Statistics can be twisted to support any lie; academic class sizes in L.A. County are usually 35-plus....
March 2, 2003
Re "Capistrano Unified Ignores Voters on High School; City Stands Idly By," Feb. 23: In her letter chastising Capistrano Unified School District, Anne Fox mistakenly states that despite the voters' disapproval of the Whispering Hills development in that area, "the school district has chosen to move forward with the construction of the high school...." The school district did not "choose" to move forward; it was forced to move forward. Since there is no regular public high school in San Juan Capistrano, the other high schools in the district are bursting at the seams to make up the slack.
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.
January 12, 2003
Re "New Testing Adds Urgency to Bilingual Ed Battle," Jan. 4: I left the profession after teaching English for 11 years in two Latino neighborhoods in Southern California, so I feel free to express my thoughts and observations without fear of retribution by the system. Despite the passage of Proposition 227 in 1998, local school administrators with their own personal agendas continue to push unsuccessful Spanish-language teaching programs. As an English teacher, I can tell you that these students make similar grammatical mistakes whether they are speaking English or Spanish and often have no desire to improve their skills in either language.
November 23, 2002
It's oh so easy, and much too convenient, to stereotype inner-city schools like John C. Fremont High School -- as The Times has done in "State Praises Turnaround at School" (Nov. 14) and "A Failing School Perks Up" (editorial, Nov. 15). Simplistic reportage leaves all of us seriously out of touch with the realities of education, especially in a part of our city forgotten in so many other ways. As an English teacher for 17 years and a former longtime United Teachers-Los Angeles representative at Fremont, I've witnessed years of sad neglect from the powers that be. I can report on the majority of the students with heart and determination.
September 9, 2002 |
The frenzy otherwise known as the college admissions process is fueled by pressure to write the perfect essay, wow the interviewer, score close to 1600 on the SAT, cram a resume with activities and acts of kindness--and, increasingly, secure the pivotal recommendation. That explains why dozens of 11th-graders at Bethesda, Md.'