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November 20, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Irvine High School assembly meant to raise sensitivity toward homelessness took a surprise turn Monday when some students told their peers that they feel excluded for having less money than others. The assembly followed a three-day exercise last week in which 125 of the school's students practiced self-deprivation in an attempt to learn more about homelessness.
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October 5, 2001 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Concerned that the last year of high school is too often wasted, a national panel recommended Thursday that every senior complete a substantial research project, perform an internship or take college-level courses. The National Commission on the High School Senior Year also urged in its final report that states establish a unified approach to education from preschool through college, so that students know exactly what is required to advance to the next level.
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June 6, 2001 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Factoring polynomials. Graphing inequalities. Solving for x. The very language of algebra makes sweat pop out on the palms of the Mathis family of Woodland Hills. "I can't even begin to get near it," said Lynette Mathis, talking of her 13-year-old son's homework. Her husband's math skills, though more robust, also fall short. The Mathises are far from alone. Anxiety about algebra is on the rise, reflecting the higher stakes attached to this sorest of subjects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2001 | NORMAN MATLOFF, Norman Matloff, a professor of computer science at UC Davis, formerly served as chair of the university's Affirmative Action Committee
The University of California regents are scheduled this week to reconsider SP-1, a ban they imposed on affirmative action in 1995. Supporters of repeal note that rescinding the measure would probably be meaningless in light of Proposition 209, the statewide initiative passed in 1996. Nevertheless, they want a symbolic victory. True, some would find that symbolism emotionally gratifying, but in terms of UC admissions results, it would produce little gain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2001 | MARTHA GROVES and DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Senioritis. Senior slump. The Year of the Zombies. Forget preparing for the rigors of college. The final year of high school is for sleeping in, flipping burgers, hanging out with pals, surfing, partying, fighting with your girlfriend, making up with your girlfriend. Who can blame students? wonders Michael W. Kirst, a noted Stanford researcher.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2001 | MARTHA GROVES and NEDRA RHONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Call it what you will: senioritis, the senior slump, the Year of the Zombies. Forget preparing for the rigors of college. The final year of high school is for sleeping in, flipping burgers, hanging out with pals, surfing, partying, fighting with your girlfriend and making up with your girlfriend. Who can blame students? wonders Michael W. Kirst, a Stanford education researcher who issued a report on the problem Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Divorce. Gangs. His own brother shot to death before his eyes. Eddie Paz has seen a lot for a 17-year-old. But until he walked into Jason Ross' English course at Valley Vista High School in Fountain Valley, he had never read a book. Six months later, he's a member in good standing of a book group, a turn of events so unlikely that when he talks about it, he blinks and shrugs his shoulders in surprise. This all started with a teacher's frustration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Divorce, gangs, his own brother shot to death before his eyes. Eddie Paz has seen a lot for a 17-year-old. But until he walked into Jason Ross' English course at Valley Vista High School in Fountain Valley, he had never read a book. Six months later, he's a member in good standing of a book group, a turn of events so unlikely that when he talks about it, he blinks and shrugs his shoulders in surprise. This all started with a teacher's frustration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Los Angeles schools chief Roy Romer promised a group of students six weeks ago that he would investigate an apparent dearth of college prep courses at their South Los Angeles high schools. Meeting with the 200 picketing students outside L.A. Unified School District headquarters, Romer vowed then to return with answers by Feb. 1. On Thursday, he missed the deadline. And the students felt betrayed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2000 | LYNN O'DELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There's something different about Robin Berman's sixth-period math class. When Berman reviews a homework problem on the whiteboard and asks, "Does angle C equal angle F?" the chorus of voices that answers is distinctly female. There are no boys here. Zero, naught. The all-girl geometry class at Capistrano Valley High in Mission Viejo is part of a pilot project to see if girls learn math better on their own--where the absence of boys may make them feel less intimidated about asking questions.
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