May 20, 1998 |
According to a Los Angeles Times poll on education taken a few months after the start of the 1997-98 school year, students between the ages of 12 and 17 said they are pretty satisfied with the public school education they are receiving and believe a good education is important. Most of the students rate the quality of their public school education as excellent or good, grade their school either an A or a B, and rate their teachers a solid A or B. A majority say it is extremely important to them to get a good education, vis a vis the only way to succeed is through a good education, and getting it is the means to finding a good job. College is also very important to them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1998
Today our children come home from school knowing more about condoms, drugs and guns than their ABCs. When did our schools go from teaching the three Rs to an experimental lab for children? A friend's child gets migraine headaches but cannot carry an aspirin to school. Schools have lost their credibility with me when they can no longer tell the difference between an aspirin and illegal drugs. If our children are going to be academically ready to compete in the 21st century, we can no longer allow schools to experiment with them.
September 10, 2011 |
Thanks to the movies, Americans who have never set foot in this country have a fair idea of what British schoolchildren look like. From Harry Potter and his pals at Hogwarts to the glowing-eyed demon spawn of the '60s horror classic "Village of the Damned," the image is one of boys and girls neatly turned out in their matching school sweaters, trousers, skirts and ties. But for some of today's non-magical, non-mutant students, a key piece of that picture is missing. Visit Nailsea School here in southwestern England, and about the only skirts you'll see are those on teachers; most of the girls on campus are required to dress like the boys, in standard-issue trousers, after the school amended its uniform policy this year to become a skirt-free zone.
March 28, 2013
Re "Voters split on Brown's schools proposal," USC Dornsife/Times Poll, March 23 This front-page article is complemented by "Superstar schools' downside," Sandy Banks' informative column on the next page. The lead item covers Gov. Jerry Brown's plan "to shift money from rich schools to poor ones" to address glaring educational inequities. Banks' piece illuminates how schools surrounded by wealthy neighborhoods typically provide enhanced curriculums that schools in poorer areas can only dream about.
January 16, 2014 |
Proposition 98, which was approved by the voters in 1988 to ensure that California's schools were adequately funded, has not served the state or public education well. By requiring a set percentage of state revenue to go to public schools, it has inhibited the Legislature's ability to make sound budgeting decisions, and it has not saved schools during the worst budget years, when there are exemptions to the funding guarantee. The result has been that when the state is flush, schools embark on expensive and permanent new programs - higher teacher wages and retirement benefits, for example, or after-school activities - that become unaffordable during downturns.
May 26, 2012
Re "States finding zero tolerance in schools no longer adds up," May 23 One of the reasons that schools favor zero-tolerance policies is that they remove the school from reasoning, critical thinking and individual evaluation. They can just look up the punishment and administer it. Neat and tidy. If a parent questions the punishment, the school can say it's out of its hands. We expect our schools to teach children critical thinking and to interpret what they read using their own individual views.