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December 27, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Only about a third of American adults can name all three branches of government, and a third can't name any. Fewer than a third of eighth graders could identify the historical purpose of the Declaration of Independence. This slim knowledge of civics — and the potential risk it poses to American democracy — captured the attention of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. During a recent trip to Los Angeles, she talked up iCivics, an expanding online program aimed at middle school students.
October 7, 1996 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
Students in John Hoj's world history class at Nordhoff High School will soon be seeing the Republic of India through the eyes of one who's been there. The Rotary Club of Ojai has chosen the 27-year-old Hoj, a social studies teacher from Ojai, to join three other educators on a monthlong vocational exchange to India beginning Dec. 15.
April 15, 2012 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
They were not even born at the time their city erupted in flames, violence and rage against a system that would not convict Los Angeles police officers of brutally beating a black man. But high school students Jiaya Ingram, Ashley Torres and Jessica Maldonado have been gripped by accounts of the 1992 Los Angeles riots as they learn about them through poetry and plays, readings and recollections of their parents and others. They say they felt shock over police actions, horror over the mob violence and an uneasy feeling that it could happen again, particularly as unarmed African Americans are killed, most recently in Florida, Oklahoma and Pasadena.
February 10, 1997
Re "Pave the Bridge With Education," editorial, Feb. 5: You are almost on target in commending President Clinton for his an- nounced priority on education. This is a solid, long-term goal. The enemy is no longer, as you say, enemy missiles. But we must ask our schools to do far more than make our work force competitive again: They must teach us also how to live together in this country. Schools are our ultimate weapon in creating citizens who can treat each other with respect. If we do not allow our schools to do this, no number of competitive workers will save us. Good social studies is also critical.
Enele Scanlan came to the mainland from his native Hawaii four years ago to get an education . . . in baseball. Oh, sure, his time at Santiago High obviously includes all the trappings of secondary education: Math. Homeroom. History. Recess. Government. Study Hall. Lunch time. Social Studies. The traditional stuff. But Scanlan could have done the same in Maui.
First-grade teachers across the country spend very little time actually teaching academic skills, instead focusing on classroom management, according to a national study to be released today. The study, based on observation of 827 first-grade classrooms in 26 states, also found that there seems to be no uniform standard for what a proper first-grade instructional program should be.
October 14, 1988
No matter how much dedication is given to doing homework and studying for tests, nearly every student has a daily schedule that would be just that much nicer minus one or two classes. Thus, Hot Topics asks: "What is your hardest class and why?" "World history--I get the men and what they did all mixed up." Collen McGuinness, 14, freshman, Bethel Baptist "Spanish--it takes the most effort and the most studying; however, the class is fun and that makes it easier than it really is."
October 26, 1986 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, Times Staff Writer
Elementary school students in Los Angeles County, like their counterparts throughout the state, generally improved on the basic skills test administered by the state last spring. As a group, third-, sixth- and eighth-graders gained in reading, writing and mathematics, according to recently released results of the California Assessment Program (CAP) test. The only significant drop from last year's scores was in eighth-grade social science, which fell an average of seven points statewide.
November 8, 1987
These are results of the California Assessment Program test for third, sixth and eighth grades. Each spring, students take a standardized test measuring basic reading, writing and math skills. Eighth-graders are also tested in social studies and science. This year third-grade scores rose slightly statewide, while sixth-grade scores remained the same. Statewide scores for eighth-graders jumped 4 to 6 points in all categories.
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