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April 5, 1998
Only in the myopic world of American political correctness is race so clearly indistinguishable from culture. Does teacher Alfee Enciso (Voices, March 28) really believe that whites resonate to Shakespeare only because the Bard embodies "white" culture? Is it possible that Shakespeare, Hemingway and Hawthorne are great because they illuminate universal human values and foibles? Enciso claims the problem of illegitimacy precludes the teaching of "The Scarlet Letter" to inner-city youth.
September 24, 1995
Thank goodness for your sane report on the subject of reading ("A Bookish Debate," Sept. 14). If all parents were able to send teachers children who are ready to learn, every reading and writing session could look like Pam Corey's at Van Nuys Elementary. It's our families that desperately need our help, not the language arts curriculum. The phonic panacea has been touted for years. BETTE SIMONS Sherman Oaks
March 1, 1992
And God said unto them: "i before e, except after c!" MARLENE STEIN Pahrump, Nev .
July 20, 1986
As a children's librarian, I strongly disagree with Jacqueline Chanda's use of reading as a punishment for unruly students. ("Emergency Teachers Recall Lessons of First Year on the Job" by Garry Abrams, June 19). Maybe it is something they dislike but she doesn't seem to be trying very hard to reverse that idea. Has she ever tried reading aloud to her class or sharing books with them? She might be pleasantly surprised at the results. Teachers with a positive attitude toward reading can inspire their classes with that same attitude.
February 3, 1999 | CHRISTINE BARON, Christine Baron is a high school English teacher in Orange County. You can reach her at or (714) 966-4550
It is welcome news that reading has become a priority with everyone including our new governor. New demands that kids be "reading by age 9" are trumpeted in the halls of the Legislature, at PTA meetings, and in the pages of our newspapers. But just in case there are any doubts out there, I'd like to add another reason to the stack. Putting it bluntly, unless major reforms materialize, a child who does not read effectively before junior high school can just about kiss that skill goodbye.
August 31, 2010
Show of hands -- who loves schadenfreude? People over 50 seem to, according to a new study that shows older people prefer reading negative news over positive news about younger people. The study of German volunteers included 178 people ages 18 to 30 and 98 people ages 50 to 65. They browsed articles in what they were told was an experimental version of a new online magazine. The random mix of fake stories focused on one person who was older or younger, and there were two versions of each story -- one positive and one negative.
December 20, 1998
Deborah Sanchez is Los Angeles deputy city attorney and editor of an upcoming book of poems about experiences in the criminal justice system. My mom was a high school dropout, but she always had a billion books around her. She was reading all the time. She would say that was how she escaped. I didn't understand why she loved books and reading so much. I had always looked at books as a tool. When I was 13, my mom decided to continue her education.
September 7, 1988 | United Press International
It's often said that if a child likes to read, half the battle of learning is won. You can help your preschool child get interested in books by reading to them and by encouraging them to read and play. The national, nonprofit organization Reading Is Fundamental Inc. has some tips on honing your child's pre-reading skills. Children often ask questions when you're reading and that's OK. Be a patient listener because preschoolers often ramble while completing their thoughts.
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