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.
August 6, 1986
As a child, I sat isolated with tape over my mouth at the very same Miramonte School that now allows a teacher (Jacqueline Chanda) to punish children ". . . by making students do something they really hate, which is reading a book." Garry Abrams' article ("Emergency Teachers Recall Lessons of First Year on the Job," June 19) featured five brave emergency teachers ingeniously attempting to solve discipline problems. The idea, however, that reading ought to be presented as a punishment is counterproductive to a major goal of education, which is getting students to enjoy books.
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
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.
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.
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 .
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.
May 3, 2012 |
Life has been extended for the star-studded reading of the play "8. " Dustin Lance Black's dramatization of the legal fight against California's Proposition 8 will air on at 8 p.m. June 10 on 90.7 FM KPFK. The reading - which featured Kevin Bacon, George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, Jane Lynch, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen and John C. Reilly, among others - also will be available June 1 on CD and for digital download via iTunes and Amazon and on demand at www.latw.org as of June 9, L.A. Theatre Works announced Thursday.