April 26, 2013 |
Fast food begets a fast-food culture that has seeped into pretty much everything going on in the world today, the chef Alice Waters told a crowd gathered at UCLA for a presentation about edible education. Fast food, Waters said, affects our laws, rituals and “ways of doing things”; and it permeates business, journalism, architecture and how we treat one another. Royce Hall was nearly full Thursday evening with, among others, school cafeteria workers, master gardeners, public health students and teachers and fans of Waters.
April 24, 2013 |
David Petraeus, the former four-star general who was forced out as head of the Central Intelligence Agency because he had an affair with his biographer, has accepted a post as a visiting professor in New York. In a statement released Tuesday, Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York said the former commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been named a visiting professor for public policy. He will start Aug. 1. Petraeus, who earned his bachelor of science degree at West Point and has a doctorate from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has written extensively on international relations, military strategy and national security.
April 24, 2013 |
Chris Paul had just finished an amazing performance. In Game 2 of the Clippers first-round playoff series against Memphis, the point guard made a four-foot buzzer-beating bank shot with one-tenth of a second remaining in the game to give his team a 93-91 win. In the locker room afterward, Paul's teammates apparently wanted to ensure that his 3-year-old son follows in his footsteps. Grant Hill, a seven-time All-Star, gave Paul's son, Little Chris, a dunking lesson. Hill stuck out his arms and pretended to be a hoop.
April 22, 2013 |
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is sporting a new hair do. 'The Hunger Games' and "Silver Linings Playbook' star attended the GLAAD media awards with a shorter hairstyle. Her blond hair is now at shoulder-length with choppy layers and side-swept bangs. [ US Weekly ] Ever wondered what designer John Galliano would be like as a mentor or teacher? Here's your chance to find out. The designer will teach a class at Parsons the New School for Design called Show Me Emotion. Galliano will lead the three-day workshop class with Parsons dean of fashion Simon Collins.
April 21, 2013 |
“Man on Wire” star Philippe Petit was welcomed by a packed auditorium for his discussion about his new book “Why Knot?” on Sunday at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. Each member of the standing-room-only crowd was handed a piece of red rope as they entered the auditorium. The man who walked a tightrope between New York City's Twin Towers in 1974 called various people to the stage to help him with his demonstrations. As a self-taught high-wire artist, knots have been a part of Petit's life from a young age. He explained how he first started tying knots when he was about 5 or 6 years old, which soon led to him tying rope between trees, which eventually led to him experimenting with walking along these tightropes.
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April 17, 2013 |
President Obama says he's learned a lesson about complimenting a woman's appearance in public. The president caused a stir earlier this month when he said California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris was "the best-looking attorney general in the country. " In an interview aired on Wednesday by NBC's "Today" show, Obama said the whole episode "was a useful teaching moment for me and for the country. " Obama was speaking at a Bay Area fundraiser when he made the remark about Harris' appearance.
April 16, 2013 |
Amateur cooks are invited to don their chef's aprons and prepare three-course meals during a series of culinary classrooms throughout the year at Bellagio in Las Vegas . Executive chef Edmund Wong will conduct the lessons inside the resort's Tuscany Kitchen. Once a month, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, a maximum of 15 participants will gather at individual work stations prepped with the ingredients and tools needed to create an appetizer, entree and dessert. Members of Wong's team will circulate through the kitchen to provide hands-on assistance as he prepares the dishes.
April 14, 2013
Re "Gates' warning on test scores," Editorial, April 11 Bill Gates has figured out what those of us in education have known all along: Standardized tests are pretty good at identifying students' academic strengths and weaknesses, one of them being test-taking skills. But using them to evaluate teachers is cheap and lazy. The best ways to evaluate teachers can be time-consuming and expensive. As you mention, a good start would be to ask students and parents who the good teachers are. And how can there be any real reform without discussing what makes a good teacher?
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April 12, 2013 |
Interest in teaching is steadily dropping in California, with the number of educators earning a teaching credential dipping by 12% last year -- marking the eighth straight annual decline. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing reported this month that 16,450 educators earned their credential in 2011-12, compared with 23,320 in 2007-08. The number of students enrolling in teacher preparation programs has also decreased, to 34,838 in 2010-11 from 51,744 in 2006-07. Dean Vogel, president of the California Teachers Assn., said several factors have made teaching careers less attractive.
April 10, 2013 |
Here's what they're saying in academic circles across the country: California wrecked its public schools decades ago, and now it's starting in on its colleges. That may be an exaggeration, but few would deny that this is a pivotal time for the state's much-admired public colleges and universities, which have been underfunded for years. In their efforts to expand access without spending more money, education officials and state lawmakers will no doubt offer all sorts of bad proposals for how to do more with less, and those who care about the system will have to be vigilant in protecting it. Already, there's legislation to create a fourth college system - in addition to the community colleges, the California State University and the University of California - with no classes, just tests.