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?
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.
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.
October 24, 2011 |
When East Jerusalem teachers ask students to open their history books these days, pupils are wondering: Which one? Two sets of textbooks are vying for the formative minds of thousands of Palestinian students in Arabic-language schools in East Jerusalem. One was written by the Palestinian Authority, and the other is a revised version reprinted by Israeli authorities. It's a textbook war that underscores the long-running battle of narratives in the Mideast conflict, where the fight over the future is often rooted in understanding of the past, and schoolbooks can play a critical role.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1999 |
The most widely used middle school science textbooks have flunked an evaluation by the nation's largest organization of scientists. Most of the books cover too many topics and don't do any of them well, said the report released last week by the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science. The analysis said the texts "include many classroom activities that are either irrelevant to learning key science ideas or don't help students relate what they are doing to the underlying ideas."
August 27, 1987 |
A federal appeals court Wednesday reversed an Alabama judge's order that had banned 44 textbooks from Alabama public schools for promoting what the judge called a godless, humanistic religion. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled U.S. District Judge W. Brevard Hand's order had turned the First Amendment requirement that the government be neutral on the subject of religion "into an affirmative obligation to speak about religion."