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Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. Patch photo credit.
Joel Cooper April 18, 2014 at 09:55 am
This has a lot to do with the gene pool. If they could clean this place up and do something aboutRead More the rampant drug problem it wouldn't be such a bad place.
A judge hearing a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure is hearing final arguments today. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Capo Parent April 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Union tools, and dull ones at that.
shelly April 4, 2014 at 04:04 pm
Capo Parent, Why the name calling?
fact checker April 4, 2014 at 05:23 pm
Because factual and respectful discussions aren't getting the results wanted. It's easier to trashRead More than it is to back up a losing prospect.
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Carol Dean-Porter November 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm
I use cursive every day. Block letters are used commonly and lack distinctive differences. MyRead More penmanship has deteriorated, but is still dramatically better than ugly block letters. I can write 10 times as fast using cursive as printing block. What happens when the electricity goes out and people can't type?
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Andrew Medina October 3, 2013 at 10:29 am
I have two boys, ages six and eight, in the first and fourth grades respectively. Their school isRead More closed on Friday (as it often is for "teacher enrichment" and whatnot) so the homework packet for this week was for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. My six year old (who struggles with reading) had 12 pages of homework, all of which he needed direction on, while my eight year old had 24 pages of homework...24 pages to do in 3 days, around karate and sports, etc. etc. But before I can complain too long or too loudly on the subject, let's look at a friend of mine who is a high school English teacher with LAUSD. In one of the not-so-nice parts of town, this little lady takes on 60 (yes that's a six in the tens column) students per CLASS day in, day out. They can't even fit in enough desks for these kids, they're standing and milling in the back! Time in the classroom is about getting in a basic concept at best, often one years behind where the students should be, and often enough it's all she can do to keep them from revolting. Homework with personal parental attention is the only way the students who actually want to do well are going to get any practice at the stuff they're supposed to be learning and have the chance for meaningful discourse on the subjects. While this type of overcrowding isn't the issue at my kids' charter school, or over at Mira Costa, it's common enough in LA and around the country. The problems we're currently facing with our education system go beyond the homework, that's just the sharp point of the iceberg that's irritating parents...hopefully we'll do more than just blunt the edge and ignore the rest of the issue.