CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1999
Thanks to Ron Unz and Alice Callaghan, initiators of Prop. 227, we were given sound-bite pedagogy and program design for language minority students by popular opinion. Now the passage of 227, with its provision for liability lawsuits against school administrators and teachers, has opened the way to education reform by grand jury ("L.A. Schools Are Abusing Prop. 227, Report Says," July 1). Now that this body of 23 volunteer citizens has used the law to rattle its sabers at LAUSD's bilingual teachers assigned to Model B, the district might as well hang a sign outside the personnel office that says, "Bilingual teachers need not apply."
March 30, 2009 |
If the great children's nonsense author-illustrator Edward Lear had been born in 1912 instead of 1812, tourists today might flock to Southern California to visit "Learville" instead of Disneyland. Like Uncle Walt, Lear dreamed up an entire alternative universe of dream-haunting characters with names like the Yongy Bongy Bo and the Pobble Who Has No Toes and strangely resonant lands populated by monkeys with lollipop paws and green-headed, blue-handed people. Lear's inspired silliness was more than mere child's play.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1998
Re "Teach the Teachers," editorial, Nov. 29: Would our society suggest that an intern take a two-week course to "fix" a medical training problem? This "quick fix" idea is an indication that our society sees teaching as a profession based upon quickly learned processes. Learning how to teach reading--the whole package, including research--should be taught in college before a person becomes a teacher. It should be a whole year's course, with practice, so that those skills are internalized so deeply that a new teacher can more easily teach reading while simultaneously learning how to balance the other dozen or so subjects, not to mention learning how to discipline and love children wisely.
January 21, 2003
Re "Reading, 'Riting and Rap," Jan. 14: I am deeply disturbed that tax money is being spent on such a celebration of ignorance. When will the LAUSD get a clue? These students need guidance, not a teacher who needs to feel "hip." The wasteland called public education grows even more barren. This is the biggest pro-voucher advertisement yet. How insulting to the students. The unspoken message is that the kids can't relate to anything that is beyond the 'hood. These are the students who need the most help.
September 15, 1988 |
It is a conceit of Americans that heroes, like Henry Adams' friends, are born, not made. Environment has nothing to do with it. That may be true. But how come all the great vaudeville comedians and almost all early-day radio humorists came from the Lower East Side of Manhattan? How come the great blues musicians came up the Mississippi out of New Orleans? Why do all the great actors and poets seem to come from England? Why do dancers come from Russia, tenors from Italy, skiers from Austria?
July 8, 2001 |
These days, a young artist can barely get arrested, never mind launch a career, without having gone to art school. And usually not just undergraduate art school either. Art, after a century of flourishing on the margins, is now a mature mainstream profession. The MFA--the master of fine arts--is its professional emblem.