June 30, 2002
Re "AP Courses That Look Good--on Paper," June 25: The article highlights only some of the failures of the Advanced Placement system. There is competitive pressure on high schools to offer an array of AP classes but not enough qualified teachers to teach them. There is pressure on students to take these classes to "pad" their college applications but not enough are qualified to take these college level offerings. Also, because AP classes are weighted, there is pressure on students to take classes they have no interest in just to raise their grade-point averages.
December 13, 1990 |
Leading French fashion house Pierre Balmain, lamenting a shortage of Arab princesses and wives of Texas millionaires, will stop producing haute couture garments. The Paris fashion house said today that the Persian Gulf crisis and the economic downturn made it impossible for it to keep the costly, individually tailored line going. "Haute couture is dying.
March 21, 1998
A pop quiz: 1--"Murphy Brown" is shot on (a) videotape (b) film; 2--L.A. Times staff photographers shoot on (a) film (b) videotape; 3--The L.A. Times is (a) a newsletter (b) a newspaper. "Murphy Brown" is, as are the majority of four-camera shows, shot on film, not tape ("Signing Off, Quietly," by Judith Michaelson, March 16). There is a world of difference--in style, in look, in production, in cost. This across-the-board generic use of the word "taping" has come to distort both the intrinsic and the artistic nature of the medium.
August 5, 1990
Regarding the proposal to have Santa Monica City Council members elected by district rather than at large (Times, July 26): One's ethnic background should not be a compelling consideration in choosing a member of the City Council or any elective office. As a former high school civics teacher, I find the idea inimical to intrinsic principles that must govern all our elections. Candidates must be chosen based on their qualifications, irrespective of race, creed or color. I don't think there are any exclusive ethnic issues to be dealt with by the council, only citizen issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1987
It's always shocking to see evil unmasked, as it was in Richard L. Weiss' article ("No-Growth Overreaction Can Sink the Southland," Op-Ed Page, Nov. 18) in which he argued against growth limitations. He wrote, "Unlike gold or some other fungible commodities, land has no intrinsic value." Even after looking up "fungible" in the dictionary I was still disturbed by that sinister and revealing sentence. Weiss has it backward. It is gold that has only the value man arbitrarily assigns.
March 11, 2002
Re "First Test of the Biotech Age: Human Cloning," Commentary, March 6: William Kristol and Jeremy Rifkin articulate the consensus of a very influential and reactionary movement, spanning left and right, that wants to stop human progress and substantial improvement of our species where it counts most: the human genome. I too believe in the intrinsic value of human life, so much so that I want it better for myself, for my neighbors and for those who will follow us in centuries to come.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1989 |
In the laboratory, rats get Rice Krispies; in the classroom, students get A's; in the factory or office, workers get paychecks. It's an article of faith for most people that rewards promote better performance. But a growing body of research suggests that this rule is not nearly as ironclad as was once thought. Psychologists have been finding that rewards commonly interfere with performance, especially when the performance involves creativity.