August 20, 2010
Teachers and their data Re "Teachers, by the numbers," Editorial, Aug. 17 I am a parent and strongly disagree with The Times releasing teacher test score data to the public. This will create a negative impact on schools. Parents already lobby for their favorite teachers, even without these data. Releasing this information will make it difficult for principals to run their schools. The data should be used as a tool to help principals evaluate and improve their teaching staff.
February 16, 2009 |
End war, forever. Make the planet greener. Please help my dad find work. Make it rain candy! Thousands of kids detailed their hopes and expectations for President Obama in letters and drawings as part of a "Dear Mr. President" project, with 150 chosen for publication in a free e-book being released today, on Presidents Day. Most had tall orders for the new guy in the White House. Anthony Pape, 10, of DuBois, Pa., offered: "I hope that we will have no war ever again.
July 17, 2007 |
The National Education Assn. faces a federal lawsuit accusing it of breaching its duty to members by recommending a high-cost retirement plan in exchange for millions of dollars from the managers of the plan. The suit, which seeks class-action status, was filed by two of the 57,000 schoolteachers who the suit says invested $1 billion in a so-called 403(b) retirement plan endorsed by the NEA.
October 25, 2004
Many schools have barely gotten the Coke machines off campus when along comes a nationwide nutrition-education program for schoolchildren funded by the corporate purveyors of a controversial diet. Atkins Nutritionals Inc. has made agreements with various school-related groups, including the National Assn. of State Boards of Education and the National Education Assn., to combat childhood obesity.
October 2, 2004
Re "Drawing Attention to Schools," Sept. 26: I am a teacher who retired last June, early at age 63. The No Child Left Behind Act simply did me in. I could no longer teach writing by formula, leaving the truly creative writer at a disadvantage. I could no longer teach so many math concepts for the next test that my students did not have time to internalize them. And I just could not accept teaching to the test and spending a week with practice tests to get ready for the real test. What happened to fun and creativity in the classroom?
February 26, 2004
Re "Paige Calls Teachers Union a 'Terrorist Organization,' " Feb. 24: In my classroom during a discussion or debate, no matter how controversial, students are required to use only well-defended facts; name-calling is never acceptable. My students understand that name-calling is a sign of a weak argument, never a valid defense. I am also dismayed that Education Secretary Rod Paige seems unaware that union leaders are elected democratically by teachers and do, in fact, represent us. One can question aspects of No Child Left Behind without being "against real, rock-solid improvements in the way we educate our children," as Paige charged in his apology.