CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1988
State Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig is right on when he says that watered-down school textbooks are "all horrors, and there is no reason for them" ("State Reading Experts Hit 'Dumbing Down' of Books," Part I, Sept. 8). From Shakespeare to "The Little Engine That Could," texts have been gelded and gilded into bland souffles that resemble, variously, book versions of People magazine, the evening giggly happy news on one of our local channels, or perhaps a Dan Quayle speech. I am one of those people whom Honig says he would like to recruit into teaching.
August 12, 2009
Re "Aging textbooks to stay in classes longer," Aug. 8 As a former teacher who spent 10 years in the classroom, the decision to stop purchasing new textbooks is the most sensible thing I have heard yet in terms of solutions to the budget crisis in education. Every year, our school would spend an unbelievable amount of money on outrageously overpriced books that differed very little from the previous editions. And how much can the textbooks really change from year to year, especially in subjects such as math and English?
April 16, 2013 |
ANTAKYA, Turkey - In newly printed textbooks at dozens of Syrian refugee schools, a small piece of Middle East geography has been amended. Seventy-five years ago, Turkey annexed the northern Syrian territory of Hatay against the will of Syria, but maps in Syrian schoolbooks during the lengthy reign of the Assad family have continued to include Hatay inside Syria's borders. The maps in the new schoolbooks show Hatay in Turkey, one of a number of political changes made by the Syrian opposition group that published the books.
September 4, 1988 |
Soviet high school students will be given supplements to their history books by the start of next year to fill in "blank spots" in their knowledge of the country's past, a senior education official said Saturday. Vladimir D. Shadrikov, deputy chief of the State Committee for People's Education, said the supplements will include chapters on a power struggle preceding the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, the repressions of the Stalin Era and ousted leader Nikita S. Khrushchev.
August 29, 2004 |
Jolene Mitchell can understand the statewide budget crunch that has set her college tuition bills soaring, but the skyrocketing cost of textbooks is something that both baffles and angers her. Mitchell, a third-year microbiology student at UCLA, says she typically spends $1,000 a year on books -- that's about 15% of what she spends on her education. And many of the books are bundled with expensive CDs, workbooks and websites that she says she never uses.
January 19, 2012 |
Apple Inc. has already transformed the music, mobile phone and personal computing industries, and now the tech giant says its next chapter will be about reinventing textbooks. In New York on Thursday, at the company's first product launch event since the death of Steve Jobs in October, Apple announced a trio of new or updated products - the iBooks 2, iBooks Author and iTunes U applications - that it said would uproot the traditional learning experience. With the new iBooks 2 app, students can download interactive textbooks to their iPads, usually for $14.99 or less, eliminating the need for a bulging backpack laden with out-of-date, hundred-dollar textbooks.
December 15, 2011
The U.S. toll: 4,484 Re " Obama marks end of Iraq war ," Dec. 13 As the U.S. removes its final combat troops from Iraq, let us not forget the toll caused by a war of choice with no connection to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As of Dec. 14, 4,484 U.S. military personnel have been killed in Iraq since the war started in 2003. On 9/11, almost 3,000 people were killed. George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq resulted in the deaths of more Americans than Osama bin Laden's attack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2011 |
Reporting from Sacramento -- Textbooks and history classes in California schools would be required to include the contributions of gays, lesbians and transgender Americans under a proposal given final legislative approval in the Assembly on Tuesday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. The measure sparked a spirited debate, including personal pleas from two openly gay lawmakers — Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). They said the bill would reduce the bullying of gay students and correct an oversight by history books.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1997 |
New textbooks recommended for language arts classes in English and Spanish for kindergarten through third-grade students are on display in the Garden Grove Unified School District's Media and Technology Center, 10331 Stanford Ave. Parents interested in previewing the textbooks may look them over from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 12. On June 4, hours will be extended until 8 p.m. and the books will be on display in the district office annex building.
April 3, 1997 |
The nation's schools are teaching students how to respect the environment, but the lessons often are inadequate because textbooks rarely explain the scientific and economic factors involved, according to a report by the Independent Commission on Environmental Education. The panel, funded by conservative groups, asserted that texts are biased, contain factual errors, lean too far into advocacy or ignore science altogether.