CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1999
Regarding your Feb. 11 articles on a rise in test scores and a return to teaching the basics: As a first-grade teacher, who for many years had to fight against the dogma that was whole language, I couldn't feel more vindicated. What is so disconcerting, however, is that the very same leaders and trainers in the education community who just a short time ago preached the evils of teaching the basics (as well as teaching in English to immigrant students) are now the ones preaching the opposite philosophy.
January 14, 1994 |
Suppose a paperback writer approached a publisher with a preposterous plot. The subject is skating. The scene is the Winter Olympics. A winsome young woman from New England is assailed by a crazed stranger before a performance. Unable to skate, she must sit helplessly as her nemesis, a saucy spitfire from the Pacific Northwest, spins, wins and grins. But when police investigate, the winner's ex-husband and bodyguard are accused of a conspiracy to hire the crazed stranger.
February 11, 2007 |
ON Monday's episode of "I Love New York"(VH1, 9 p.m.), Tiffany "New York" Pollard, the lovelorn urban belle around whom the show is based, kisses no fewer than five of the show's remaining contestants. In addition, two suitors give her an intense, oil-slick body rub, after which she admits, "I climaxed during that massage." In an earlier episode, New York accepted a massage and kiss from one competitor, then retreated to the hot tub, where she kissed a second, in front of a third.
August 25, 2010 |
Imagine opening the morning paper over coffee and spotting your name on list of fellow nurses or lawyers, musicians or bus drivers. Beside each name rests a stark, lonely number said to gauge the extent to which you advance the growth of your clients or customers. Orwellian, perhaps. But 6,000 Los Angeles teachers will soon find their names on such a list. The Times has already published a few "value added" scores for illustrative teachers, detailing the eye-popping variability in learning curves of third- to fifth-graders spread across the Los Angeles Unified School District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1999
The expected chest-beating and soul-searching have followed the College Board report Tuesday that while overall SAT scores for white students rose one point last year, overall scores for black and Latino students stayed the same or declined. The widening gap highlights how public schools are leaving some children behind, failing to prepare them for college and economic success.
September 7, 2010 |
With the recent unveiling of The Times' teacher and school "effectiveness" database , teachers and parents have asked us what to make of this information. Here's our advice. Teachers: I try my best to be an excellent teacher, and I'm always trying to improve. I really thought I was doing a good job. But The Times gave me an "average" value-added rating. Should I change how I teach now that I know I'm just "average"? No. You might actually be an excellent teacher — even just based on this limited measure of improving students' math and reading California Standards Test (CST)