CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1999
Re "Some School Advice for Parents," Voices, Sept. 25: Having completed 42 years of teaching in the public schools, there are some points with which I agree. I must take exception to Jeff Lantos' position on homework. Homework should not necessarily be on the top of the priority list. I believe music, sports, organizations designed for young children and religious instruction should take priority. My wife and I are grandparents. If we had the resources we would start a national movement and call it "Grandparents Against Homework."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2000
Re "Homework Driving Parents Nuts," Nov. 22. Your article points out that the problem begins with the parents, not the children. The parents are setting a bad example beginning with their narrow perspective of education as a whole, diminishing the authority of teachers and school administrators, and with misguided expectations of both their children and the school system. Parents too often don't set priorities in their own lives (fun, sports, ballet override homework, chores).
April 21, 2011 |
I get lots of emails. They generally break down like this: People telling me I'm brilliant and the reason print media is hanging on; people telling me I'm a moron and the reason print media is dying; people trying to get me to write about their book/cause/personal gripe; people asking me to read something they wrote about their book/cause/personal gripe; and people asking for help with their homework. That's right. Not a week goes by that I don't hear from at least one high school student who's been assigned a paper about my writing and wants me to tell her what to say. They come from every region of the country, and from private schools and public schools alike.
February 26, 1989
Peter Greenberg, who wrote "Nursery at 25,000 Feet" (Jan. 29), needs to do a lot more homework before writing another such article. First, you cannot compare a domestic deregulated airline with a government supported international foreign carrier. If the mothers would like to have all this help, they and everyone else should be prepared to pay two or three times the cost of their tickets to pay for the personnel that would be involved. Two, the size of the aircraft dictates the space for conveniences such as fold-out changing tables.
July 1, 2011
Scenes from a public school childhood: The second-grade teacher sends home a pile of worksheets almost every night. Mom is trying to coax her child through the pages once again, until the 7-year-old has a meltdown and screams, "I hate school!" That fourth-grade rite of passage — constructing a model of a California mission — is beyond the abilities of most 9-year-olds, so Dad works patiently for hours erecting miniature white walls and red roofs. When father and child proudly deliver the finished product to the classroom, they see other models so sophisticated that only professional architects could have glued sugar cubes together so artfully.
September 5, 2013 |
Well, that's one way to get into an Ivy League school. According to an email survey of more than 1,300 incoming Harvard students, the Harvard Crimson reports , 10% of the campus' new freshman class have cheated on tests and 42% have cheated on homework. That's probably going to be unwelcome news for the 377-year-old university, which is still recovering from a 2012 scandal in which more than 100 students were accused of cheating on a take-home exam for an introductory-level class on Congress.