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Do Tests Kill the Love of Learning?

One of my all-time favorite films is Dead Poets Society, the story of an English teacher in an elite college ...

School Board Appointment A Teachable Moment

A chorus of congratulations poured forth from supporters of Claudine Jones on the Carlsbad Unified Parents Facebook website following her ...

My Take On School Board Candidates

At a special meeting this Monday night, September 16, the Carlsbad Unified School Board will choose one of eleven candidates ...

Charter School Finds Key to North County in Desert

After being turned away by Carlsbad and Oceanside, the Oxford Preparatory Academy found a road to San Marcos through Borrego ...

Politics Enters Carlsbad School Board Race

In the 2008 election I voted for 19-year-old Evan Delaney Rodgers for the Carlsbad City Council. I was sad to ...

Confessions of an Academic Snob

My name is Richard and I'm a recovering academic snob. My addiction began at an early age. I became hooked ...

Author's Hidden Life With the Man Who Played Patton

Carlsbad resident Karen Truesdell Riehl has published an eBook version of her memoir, Love and Madness: My Private Years with ...

The Only Way to Fix Failing Schools

Unlike stocking caps, one size doesn't fit all when it comes to school reform. Some say more money's the answer, ...

The Future of School Reform

No Child Left Behind is dead. There's bipartisan agreement on that. But there's wide disagreement on how to keep school ...

Obamacare and My Left Hip

My left hip announced its early retirement last month. I'd been favoring it for months to prolong its years of ...

The Incredible Shrinking Newspaper

It appears the San Diego U-T's $12 million purchase of the North County Times six months ago is turning out ...

A Park By Any Other Name

City Councilman Mark Packard wants to rename Alga Norte Community Park. He claims a "small group" of his constituents told ...

Gifts and Guns: One Stop Shopping Comes to Carlsbad

A week ago the owner of an online gift shop located in Carlsbad's Planned Industrial Zone told Carlsbad's city council ...

Charter School's Uncharted Course

Since opening its first charter school in Chino four years ago and another in Mission Viejo two years later, the ...

Smart vs. Dumb Growth

The Carlsbad City Council faces a classic dilemma Tuesday night. Will they approve a plan to build 656 housing units ...

Why Carlsbad Doesn't Need a Charter School

After Carlsbad's Board of Education rejected its plan to open a charter school campus in the city, the Oxford Preparatory ...

A Fairy Tale for the Fortunate

Once upon a time in The Land of Pink-tiled Roofs, the landed gentry of the Village- by-the-Seawall were unhappy. The ...

City Leaders Envision Carlsbad in 2025

At its annual retreat last Tuesday Carlsbad's City Council decided to forego listening to the usual parade of reports from ...

Carlsbad to Remain RV-friendly

At its January 29 meeting, the city council will vote on a new ordinance that would offer free parking permits ...

Better Than Red-Light Cameras?

I'm a fan of red-light cameras, despite cursing them for the $600 they cost me for a San Diego intersection ...

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