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August 22, 1999
Re "U.S. Could Take Lessons From Asian Teachers," Aug. 11. I am a retired U.S. teacher and I sometimes cook. When I divide a recipe in half, instead of 1 3/4 cups of sugar I use 7/8 cup, not 3 1/2 cups. Math instruction could be improved by better textbooks that recognize the need for repetition and review when learning a skill. CAMILLE DAVIS Port Hueneme
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February 4, 2012 | Sam Farmer
Chase Blackburn can work through all sorts of mathematical equations, but his own NFL career dilemma just didn't add up. Although he was the leading tackler on special teams in his first six seasons with the Giants and a team captain last season, his phone never rang when the lockout ended in the summer. The reserve linebacker had figured that if the Giants didn't re-sign him, another team would. So he waited. And waited. Days turned to weeks, weeks became months, and eventually reality sank in. Blackburn, a married father of two young boys, had to get on with his life.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1992 | KAY SAILLANT
For Las Colinas School Principal Bill Lamp, there is no better way to teach math than in the home. That's why he helped organize a Family Math Night at the Camarillo school serving 1,072 kindergarten-through-sixth-grade students. During Family Math Night, held once each semester from 7 to 8 p.m. at the school, students, their siblings and parents learn how to recognize opportunities to practice math at home.
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October 15, 2011 | Sandy Banks
Robert Geminder has told the story so many times, it almost sounds like he's reading a script when he shares his memories with me. I was born in Wroclaw, Poland, in 1935. My father was very wealthy and owned many apartment buildings. Our family of four lived very well and had a very good life. And then, in 1939, the Gestapo came. What happened after that, no amount of rehearsing can soft-pedal or tame. His Holocaust story is not a tale of death chambers and concentration camps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1997
Re "Why Can't Johnny Do Math?" editorial, Jan. 13: I am a former high school math teacher and a current substitute math (and other subjects) teacher. How about looking at the kids and the kids' parents and the parents' parents before them? There is little encouragement from home, and enough students in each class that I teach who disrupt the class constantly. This is from first grade to 12th grade. Many of the disrupters have been passed along year after year with failing grades.
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February 4, 2012 | Sam Farmer
Chase Blackburn can work through all sorts of mathematical equations, but his own NFL career dilemma just didn't add up. Although he was the leading tackler on special teams in his first six seasons with the Giants and a team captain last season, his phone never rang when the lockout ended in the summer. The reserve linebacker had figured that if the Giants didn't re-sign him, another team would. So he waited. And waited. Days turned to weeks, weeks became months, and eventually reality sank in. Blackburn, a married father of two young boys, had to get on with his life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1985 | PAMELA MORELAND, Times Staff Writer
After 14 years on the San Diego police force, Bill Rossbach wants to teach English in a Los Angeles city school. Andrea Hedgley has an engineering degree but believes engineers are just "highly paid grunts." She would prefer teaching math to inner-city high school students. Helen Yun's only teaching experience has been in Sunday school, but the recent UCLA graduate says she believes she can transfer that background to a junior high biology class.
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January 10, 1985 | --Dan Nakaso \f7
A plan that would turn driver education instruction over to a private firm and return a mathematics instructor to the classroom will be considered by the school board tonight. Under the proposal, the Laguna Beach Unified School District no longer would use staff time to teach driving to Laguna Beach High School students, said district Supt. Billy J. Barnes. Instead, the district would hire a private firm to give both classroom and field instruction.
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March 12, 2009 | Alicia Lozano
The U.S. attorney decided this week not to retry former Los Angeles Unified School District math teacher Matthias Vheru, who was acquitted last month of conning the district into placing a $3.7-million order for an algebra textbook that he wrote without disclosing his financial interest in the transaction. A mistrial was declared after the jury was hung 11 to 1 in favor of acquitting Vheru, who is now teaching math at Knight High School in Palmdale and mentoring other teachers, according to the school.
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April 12, 1987 | TOM GORMAN, Times Staff Writer
There was something strange about this particular mathematics lesson. The students were laughing and actually seemed to be enjoying themselves. Over math? Meet Paul Oliverio, math humorist. Teacher, too. But Paul Oliverio has this notion that teaching--and learning--math can be fun, so he takes his math gig on the road and teaches math--specifically, geometry--on stage.
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March 12, 2009 | Alicia Lozano
The U.S. attorney decided this week not to retry former Los Angeles Unified School District math teacher Matthias Vheru, who was acquitted last month of conning the district into placing a $3.7-million order for an algebra textbook that he wrote without disclosing his financial interest in the transaction. A mistrial was declared after the jury was hung 11 to 1 in favor of acquitting Vheru, who is now teaching math at Knight High School in Palmdale and mentoring other teachers, according to the school.
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November 22, 2002 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
Roy Romer, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, put out the welcome mat Thursday for professionals, including accountants, attorneys, bankers and engineers, who are considering a career switch. "If you have any interest in becoming a teacher, come talk to us," Romer said, announcing a stepped-up effort to recruit and retrain 1,000 professionals to teach in low-performing schools.
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January 28, 2001
"State to OK Math Books Geared to Tough Standards," Jan. 10. Continually insinuating that teachers are not capable of teaching a "challenging program" is self-defeating. With the current thinking, the seasoned teachers are stripped of their creativity and the new ones are pushed into being robots. And why pay any of them a decent wage? The kids lose! Are you happy now? MARIAN HILL Granada Hills
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December 5, 2000 | KATIE COOPER
The Conejo Valley Adult School on Wednesday will offer strategies for increasing a child's understanding of math, the third installment in its parenting skills lecture series. Christina Myren, a mentor teacher of math in the Conejo Valley Unified School District and an author of two books on how children learn math, will lead the talk. Wednesday's program, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m at Los Cerritos Middle School, is open to the public. Admission is $7.50 per person.
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October 12, 2000 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The best salesmen all have a good gimmick. Just ask Brea Olinda High School math teacher Scott Malloy--California's newest Teacher of the Year--who has turned teaching into a dramatic art. He spends every day trying to get kids to buy into the concept of math, and boy, has he got one heck of a gimmick. Malloy, 36, has donned the costume of Dr. Evil--of Austin Powers fame--on more than one occasion, arriving at work dressed up "for no reason."
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March 17, 2000 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
As a kid growing up in Nicaragua, Guillermo Mendieta was taught by his father to work out the square roots of license plate numbers in his head. Learn to analyze numbers, the elder Mendieta would preach, and "you can basically write your own ticket in any field." Mendieta, now 38, listened. He became a much-honored Los Angeles teacher who is passionate about the power of math to open doors in the new economy--especially for young Latinos and African Americans.
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