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.
March 18, 2012 |
Reading for My Life Writings, 1958-2008 John Leonard Edited by Sue Leonard Viking: 382 pp., $35 I want to talk about criticism, about what it is and how it operates: an issue that was one of the abiding passions of John Leonard's career. And not just criticism as a form of service journalism (although, in part, that too) but criticism as an expression of social and cultural engagement, a function of political or literary life. It's no coincidence that on the day before he died - of lung cancer, at age 69 - Leonard spent hours waiting to vote for Barack Obama for president.
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
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.
March 1, 1992
And God said unto them: "i before e, except after c!" MARLENE STEIN Pahrump, Nev .
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1999 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.