September 21, 2011 |
The worst thing about growing up a bookworm in a South African squatter camp wasn't the dearth of books. Reading was "un-African," William Gumede remembers. It wasn't manly, like sports or kite-flying. So if you did get your hands on a book, you'd better have a good place to hide it, or you'd get a beating and see your book ripped up. The day he heard that a mobile library was coming to a nearby township in Eastern Cape province, he and a friend walked miles to see it, and the library card he was given changed his life.
April 15, 1990
Reading the headlines today is an interesting adventure. Asbestos is safe, acid rain harmless and Perrier needs a health warning. MICHAEL LEVINE Los Angeles
October 22, 2013 |
Some of the country's best known authors and illustrators of children's books have signed a letter addressed to President Obama with a simple message: Too much standardized testing is causing children to lose their love of books. More than 100 authors and illustrators have signed the letter , including Judy Blume and Jules Feiffer. The campaign was organized by the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), an advocacy group. “We are alarmed at the negative impact of excessive school testing mandates, including your Administration's own initiatives, on children's love of reading and literature,” reads the letter.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.