December 27, 2013
Re "When charter schools fail," Opinion, Dec. 23 As a longtime elementary school teacher, I know that the single most important factor in a student's success is the involvement of parents. The mere fact that a parent has taken the time to apply to a charter or magnet school means that those schools have students whose parents are at least paying attention to their children's education. Charter and magnet schools in effect skim the cream off the top of public schools. It's unfair to fully attribute any success they might have to teaching methods.
December 27, 2013 |
The Jennifer Lawrence-Joan Rivers feud is heating up, with the "Fashion Police" host taking the latest jab at the Oscar-winning actress. The outspoken "Hunger Games" star's crusade against unhealthy body image has frequently made headlines and, in November, the slightly curvy Lawrence spoke out against Rivers' E! snark fest "Fashion Police" for perpetuating a warped ideal of body image. "The world has a certain idea -- we see this airbrushed perfect model image," the 23-year-old said during a Yahoo chat event.
December 4, 2013 |
Hey, remember when "The Real World" was an earnest show about diverse but well-meaning people from different walks of life sharing a house for a few months, a series that forced millions of teen and twentysomething viewers to think about issues of race, religion and sexuality? Well, MTV is doing its best to make us forget all that. For the upcoming 29th season of the long-running reality series, premiering Jan. 15, the network has cast the usual assortment of young and attractive people.
October 10, 2013 |
Miley Cyrus may be enjoying her personal sexual revolution in the spotlight, but a sexpert she is not. On Monday, the tongue-wagging 20-year-old told Matt Lauer that people stop having sex after 40. Scott Collins detailed the cringe-worthy “Today” show interview in The Times' Show Tracker blog : “I heard when you turn 40 things start to go a little less sexual," Cyrus said, kicking her legs back and forth as she sat on a tall stool....
September 26, 2013 |
It's one of those blank-screen days. When the video monitor just sits there empty, not mocking because you can't find anything clever to write, just empty. There are only so many slow sighs that can be released, so many times the eyes can be closed without hope that when opened anything will be different. It is sports, right? About fun and games? Exciting and passionate entertainment? You feel happy when your team wins, down when they don't, maybe just thrilled when you watch two teams you really have no particular rooting interest in that perform at an amazing level.
August 9, 2013 |
Sean Sasser, who became an unlikely pioneer of gay marriage during the 1994 telecast of MTV's "Real World: San Francisco," has died. Sasser, who was 44, suffered from a rare form of lung cancer, according to UPI. "We will miss u so much," Judd Winick, one of Sasser's "Real World" costars, tweeted earlier this week. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Sasser gained prominence when he joined boyfriend Pedro Zamora in a commitment ceremony telecast on Nov. 3, 1994. Held at the "Real World" house, the event included the pair exchanging vows and wedding rings.