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June 6, 2000 | MARNELL JAMESON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"There is only one good, knowledge, and only one evil, ignorance." --Socrates, circa 400 BC * Hungry for knowledge, they come, many of them, an hour before class. They are poor and working poor. They are immigrants, ex-gang members, high school dropouts, victims of political unrest, unwed mothers.
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June 4, 2000 | JASON WOMACK, Jason Womack lives in Ojai and teaches social studies at Nordhoff High School. You can reach him at www.jasonwomack.com
Don't just sit there, learn something. Summer is almost here, and for many students (of all ages) this means time to tune out. How can you take advantage of this time to learn more about things you want to understand? For 10 weeks during the summer, some of you will put your education on hold. Instead, what if you took advantage of the school-less, teacher-less days to discover more about what genuinely interests you?
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November 17, 1999 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
No sooner had Marshall High School senior Kyu Lee ducked out of an ethics and career course a few minutes early than his classmates began hollering for justice. "They wanted consequences," said Maggie Lapre, who instructs the experimental "Life Skills for the 21st Century" course designed to teach students right from wrong. "So I asked Lee for an apology, an hour of detention and for him to meet with a counselor." At first, Lee protested: "What did I do wrong? I didn't hurt anybody."
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October 25, 1999
Every year 20,000 foster children in the United States turn 18 and are "emancipated." It's a cheerful euphemism for loss--of shelter, health care and their foster parents. Federal Health and Human Services statistics show that many former foster children lack the resources and training to make much of their abrupt freedom. In Los Angeles County, for instance, fully half of the 1,000 foster children who are "aged out" of the system every year end up homeless within six months.
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August 26, 1998 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While youths exchanged volleys in the sand nearby, Gabrielle Brooks, 17, explained why she got involved in a program meant to keep her out of trouble. "Why go out into the woods and drink schnapps with friends?" Gabrielle asked. "It's a lot more fun to go to the beach." Indeed, it may look like just another volleyball tournament at San Buenaventura State Beach. But the youths participating in the two-day clinic that got underway Tuesday are honing more than their volleyball skills.
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August 8, 1998 | SUE FOX
For a few minutes this week, Larry Bray was a teenage father. He was 15, jobless, slouching before an audience of his peers as he described his limited prospects. Then he straightened up, laughed and returned to his seat in the crowd. Bray's temporary fatherhood was part of a role-playing exercise at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Woodland Hills.
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January 9, 1998 | LISA ADDISON
The Braille Institute is offering classes beginning Jan. 16 for those who have recently lost their vision. The classes will be held from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the Lakeview Senior Center, Lake Road at Alton Parkway. During the 12-week program, students will learn how to travel safely and identify surroundings; techniques for handling money, cooking and other daily tasks; and skills needed to read and write Braille. Information: (714) 821-5000, Ext. 229.
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