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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1995 | KATE FOLMAR
When parents entered the Alfred B. Nobel Middle School gymnasium Tuesday for Parent Math Night, there was no mistaking what was in store for them: algebraic brainteasers. "Please sign in and take a pencil for your classwork," Assistant Principal Sharon Rose instructed the 200 Nobel mothers and fathers who had come to learn about the school's new interactive method of teaching pre-algebra, algebra and geometry.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1995 | IRA E. STOLL
Students in sixth through 12th grades in Thousand Oaks will open new math textbooks in September and find more words and fewer numbers. The Conejo Valley school board Tuesday unanimously approved the adoption of 23 new textbooks to go along with the Conejo Valley Unified School District's new guidelines for teaching math, which were approved in April over the objections of one board member and several parents. "There's an additional emphasis on word problems," Assistant Supt.
NEWS
May 7, 1996 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you're a baby boomer, you probably remember the New Math. This educational movement of the 1960s sought to go beyond arithmetic and introduce grade school students to the heady mathematical concepts of set theory, logic and graphing. The idea was born in the post-Sputnik era when Americans--frightened by the Soviet Union's head start in the space race--made education a matter of national security. The New Math, however, did not fare well for long.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1996 | RUSS LOAR and KIMBERLY BROWER and HOPE HAMASHIGE and SARAH KLEIN
The new mathematics textbooks being considered for kindergarten through 12th grade are on display today through March 18 at the Garden Grove Unified School District's office, 10331 Stanford Ave. New materials for the seventh to 12th grade business technology classes are also on display. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The school board will vote March 19 on whether to adopt the new texts. Information: (714) 663-6000.
NEWS
January 12, 2001 | From Associated Press
School districts for the first time will be able to use state money to buy math textbooks that fully meet the state's tough 1997 standards, which call for algebra in eighth grade. The state Board of Education has approved a dozen math textbook programs offered by nine publishers for elementary and middle school students. The board also rejected 11 programs by seven publishers as not meeting the standards that outline in detail what students should learn in each grade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2000
The Pasadena Unified School District's decision to buy supplemental, back-to-basics math books was just one of many recent developments throughout Los Angeles and the country in a long-standing battle over the effectiveness of math reforms often called the "new-new math." But while that move acknowledges that these unconventional math programs alone do not always provide students with the needed skills, many Los Angeles school administrators continue to favor them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1995
California First Lady Gayle Wilson was no slouch in the classroom in her day, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in biology from Stanford University the same year that Congress enacted the Civil Rights Act. But even that prestigious credential did not help her much Tuesday during a tour at Cal State Northridge. Gov. Pete Wilson's wife spent about 45 minutes observing a program that trains high school math teachers in the latest high-tech instructional methods.
NEWS
January 10, 1996
An exploding student population in Valley high schools has made the once radical idea of year-round schools a reality.
SPORTS
June 19, 1997 | ROSS NEWHAN
Interleague or interlude, the games have counted, but now there's no doubt about it. Now the Dodgers and Angels return to the reality of their division races--a potential make-or-break stretch for both teams through the All-Star break. The Dodgers, six games behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West, play 17 of their next 21 games within the division, including eight against the Giants, against whom they open a four-game series in San Francisco tonight.
NEWS
August 27, 1996 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eileen Spatz of San Clemente remembers attending grade school in Fullerton, when math classes stressed rote memorization of multiplication tables and homework was plentiful. Counting on fingers was forbidden. "I'm not going to say it was the good old days, because it wasn't fun. But we learned," said Spatz, now the mother of two school-age children who have been taught the so-called "new math."
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