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October 22, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
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.
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)
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 The $1.
May 3, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
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 as of June 9, L.A. Theatre Works announced Thursday.
December 5, 2002
9-11 By Noam Chomsky Seven Stories Press (2001) This book is an eye-opening analysis of historic and contemporary American political, economic and military domination in the name of humanitarian intervention. It also illuminates the struggle to recover from the abyss of ground zero. Debbie Allen, actor-choreographer
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.
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.
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.
June 4, 1989
This letter is simply to let you and your staff know that I truly enjoy reading the Real Estate section. As a homeowner, I find the tips on house maintenance and repair to be quite useful, and I especially look forward to the Q & A section on buying and selling real estate. This section always has a wealth of information for anyone who wishes to purchase or sell his own home. My wife and I own only our house, and we appreciate that the majority of your section is devoted to average homeowners like us rather than to wealthy real estate developers (as are most real estate sections)
April 5, 1987
The wit and commentary of Jere Witter's "Temptation of Comic Book," (March 22) is a real job, as is the more profound concept that learning to love reading can really be stimulated with comic books as a jump start. There is no doubt in my mind that motivating anyone to start reading is a truly wonderful accomplishment. Yet one must wonder what else the Legal Aid Society is motivating when an endless supply of items is provided to be "taken" (should this word be stolen) from their lobbies.
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