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February 3, 1999 | CHRISTINE BARON, Christine Baron is a high school English teacher in Orange County. You can reach her at educ@latimes.com 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.
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December 19, 1999
Centuries-- even millennia-- come and go, but reading and the love of it remains. As we move into the 21st century, we offer these observations from the past about the fundamental skill of an educated mind. The Reading Page will not appear next week but will return Jan. 2. "Reading maketh a full man."
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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.
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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.
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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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May 7, 2000
Re "Community Colleges May Shelve Reading Skill Standard," May 1. It is demoralizing that Ventura County community colleges are considering a proposal to remove a requirement that students show reasonable reading proficiency. It is sad that a student can graduate from high school without competence in the basic cognitive ability to read, but it is absolutely pitiable to perpetuate this deficiency at the college level. It is further offensive to imply that students (minority or nonminority)
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February 28, 2001 | From Times staff writers
Rand Corp. is seeking feedback in its effort to sort out how best to teach reading to the nation's schoolchildren. Earlier this month, the Santa Monica-based think tank posted a draft report that outlined how literacy researchers, educators and policymakers should work together to develop a long-term research plan. It is now inviting these groups to respond to the report, which can be found at http://www.rand.org/multi/achievementforall. The $1.
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July 30, 1990 | MARY JO KOCHAKIAN, THE HARTFORD COURANT
The summer weeks roll by, and still the kid hasn't read a book. Have you been reading? To the kid? It could be that you haven't been doing enough advertising, says Jim Trelease, author of "The New Read-Aloud Handbook" (Penguin, $9.95). The book and its earlier editions have sold 1.2 million copies. "Overwhelmingly, the research has shown that the single best way to reach and motivate the reluctant reader is to read to the child," Trelease says.
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July 23, 1996
A popular reading program for children at the San Fernando Library is combining guest performers with creative incentives to promote multiculturalism. "Read About Me," a twice-weekly program, has been popular among parents looking for educational--and free--ways to help their 6- to 12-year-olds have some fun and beat the heat. "It's really a fun time for the staff as well as for the kids," said library assistant Diane Gavin.
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August 24, 1997
Thank you for publishing the article, "Blessings From Next Door," Aug. 15. How refreshing to find such an uplifting story of true community spirit. Some people say "nice news" doesn't sell. For me, reading about the goodness of everyday people is the best story that money can buy. Reading about the Mission Viejo neighbors who surprised a downhearted widow with paint, carpeting, furniture and more brought tears to my eyes and filled me with a renewed sense of hope. I believe that people are basically good.
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