| Oct 11, 2013
| 4:58 PM
We teach kids a lot in public schools.
Courses are offered in everything from calculus to sex ed.
One thing we still don't teach our children?
How to balance a checkbook. How to create a household budget. How to invest in stocks and manage a 401(k)....
| Oct 12, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Is it difficult to push yourself each day to go to a boring job?
If you are looking for a way out, consider how you got there in the first place.
It may be that you chose that boring job over a more interesting one because you didn't think alternative...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 6:30 PM
To many Americans, the season wouldn't be complete without at least a few scenes from "It's a Wonderful Life." The movie wasn't a box-office hit when it was released in the 1940s, but it's become a seasonal favorite since -- and even acquired some...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 11:28 PM
Today’s column is the second half of a letter to the editor written by Daniel L. Everett, a former student of beloved Holtville High School teacher, Paul Morrow. The letter was published in the Holtville Tribune Sept. 7, 1995, a few months after Mr....
| Jul 11, 2013
| 3:13 PM
Sunday's column about Tavares High band director Jeremy Langford's leaving Lake County, where his family lives, for a job teaching in Connecticut drew considerable response from readers, and all of it in the same vein.
Let's just say that nobody wrote...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 11:36 AM
Imagine a group of students sitting in a classroom with their computers, each intent on their studies which are really THEIR studies because it is work designed just for them. A monitoring teacher works with the students, giving special attention to those...
| Oct 12, 2012
"Does anybody know that name?"
It was Thursday afternoon, and I was standing in Mathias "Spider" Schergen's classroom at Jenner Academy of the Arts when — only because I'd asked him — he put the question to a group of...
| Sep 12, 2012
I went down to the union rally in the Loop on Monday, the first day of the teachers strike, not knowing what I'd find or even what I wanted to.
It was a startling, thrilling sight.
Thousands of red shirts were swarming south on Clark Street, chants...
| Oct 3, 2012
Fiction or nonfiction?
That is the question.
Is it nobler to fill your mind with so-called informational text or to take arms against the sea of facts and say, "Just tell me a good story, dammit"?
Or — to put it without the Shakespearean...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 3:56 PM
As you enter the campus of DeSales University in Center Valley, the first thing you're likely to notice is Joseph J. Billera Hall, a grand 82,500-square-foot recreational and athletic facility provided by the Billeras, an esteemed Lehigh Valley clothing...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 7:22 PM
There is more at stake than test scores in the effort to provide iPads to 600,000 Los Angeles Unified students in time for the state's upcoming switch to online achievement exams.
If my inbox is a measure of public opinion, the district's credibility is...