March 19, 2014
Re "Common Core learning curve," Editorial, March 14 As a middle school language arts teacher, I see the new Common Core curriculum as a necessary improvement. It requires students to think deeply about what they have read and to justify their positions based on textual evidence. The readings are rigorous, and neither students nor parents are used to this. These expectations are now cross-curricular and no longer just the responsibility of English teachers. Assessments require constructed responses and not so many multiple-choice questions.
March 10, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Aaron Levie, the 29-year-old chief executive of Box Inc., walked the red carpet at the Oscars this year in a dark suit and tie, pressed white shirt and his trademark neon blue sneakers. "I asked about the sneaker dress code," said Levie, who like many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs doesn't like anything slowing him down, least of all a pair of dress shoes. "Apparently it was not a problem. " It was the movie industry's biggest night and Levie didn't waste any time talking up cloud computing to Hollywood stars including Harrison Ford.
February 24, 2014 |
It happened so fast that Paramount's Joe Brown must have jet lag. Last week, Paramount Coach Matt Howard emailed more than 50 colleges letting them to know that the 6-foot-4, 320-pound Brown had improved his SAT score and was now NCAA eligible. He included links to Hudl, grades and a transcript. On Wednesday, UTEP made an offer. In the afternoon, right before he was heading home, Howard got a call from Miami. The school wanted Brown to come to Miami on a flight the next morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 |
An administrator for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District resigned Wednesday after alleging the school district badly mishandled a computer-hacking scandal that resulted in the expulsion of 11 students. Jane Garland, who was deeply involved in the case for months as the district's head of discipline, said the district ignored her recommendations to give the students a lighter punishment. “They didn't stop to think about it,” Garland said. “They went ahead, and these children got destroyed in the newspapers.” Garland, in an email to school board members and administrators, called the handling of the expulsions “a total farce” and said the way in which students were selected for punishment seemed “arbitrary.” Eleven students were expelled last week from high-achieving Corona del Mar High School amid allegations they were involved in a scheme to hack into the district computer system to change grades and access exams.
January 31, 2014 |
Hunter Greene, a freshman pitcher-infielder from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, has committed to UCLA. He has been a top travel-ball player with good grades and skills. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
January 30, 2014 |
"At Middleton," the new romantic comedy starring Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia as strangers who collide during a campus tour with their college-bound kids, is like a feckless flirtation. I use the word "feckless" because it keeps popping up in the film, an ongoing joke starting with a crossword puzzle. Feckless may be a hard word to make funny, ahem, but it does come in handy in describing a slight film that mostly squanders its fine cast on frothy banter and silly escapades. Borrowed bikes and shared bongs are typical of the adults' risky business after they escape the tour.