Given the rivalry between the Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses of
the University of California, I can only guess at Berkeley psychology
professor Rhona Weinstein's shock when she was placed at UCLA. She is
not only a highly respected professor here at Berkeley, but she is also
director of the psychology clinic.
Nina Hersch Gabelko
University of California
All-Male Classes For Black Boy
As a 28-year-old black female Catholic school principal in Miami's Overtown area, I agree with Spencer Holland ["Fighting the Epidemic of Failure,'' September/October 1989] that it is vital that we have males, particularly black males, teaching in our inner-city classrooms. The young black male encounters females almost exclusively every day--from Mom to principal.
My school recruits male teachers and invites males to participate in
our speaker and seminar programs. We hope male contact will give our
students better goals than a gold chain, a short-lived emblem of
Leslie Cooper, principal
St. Francis Xavier School
We have been educating young black males in all-male classrooms with
predominantly male teachers since 1945. We've experienced great success
with this system, even though we have been criticized over the years. I
was especially appreciative of Holland's concern for the young black
male. There's nothing like a powerful education coupled with academic
seriousness, strong, loving discipline, and clear-cut values to help
our young black males reach their full maturity.
Fr. Mario DiCicco, president
Hales Franciscan High School
Special-Needs Kids In Junior High
When I read Elizabeth Kean's article ["Left Behind,''
September/October 1989] my heart sank. As a teacher, Elizabeth Kean
should have been aware that there are special education services
available under PL 94-142. Also sadly, Kean probably was not aware of
our organization. Our national network of chapters offers much
information, support, and advice for parents of learning disabled
Learning Disabled Association of America
Metropolitan Baltimore Chapter
Evaluation, Not Testing
Your article on testing ["Early Testing on the Rise,''
September/October 1989] reported that New Hampshire requires students
to be evaluated before entering school. Although state law requires
schools to "diagnostically screen'' all children upon first entry to
school to determine levels of educational readiness, we have steered
away from standardized testing. Teachers, with the backing of the state
department of education, have developed ways to observe and document
children's literacy behaviors, and teachers base instruction on those
New Hampshire Department of Education
A Taxing Matter
I was really surprised that Joel Weingarten ["What Can I Deduct?''
September/October 1989] did not mention that the Internal Revenue
Service has included teachers and tutors among the professionals who
may use Schedule C. This way, the requirement that deductions must
exceed 2 percent of your adjusted gross income does not apply. This can
result in a sizable tax savings. I thought surely a CPA would be up on
Editor's Note: According to the IRS, Schedule C is only for people who are in business for themselves. A self-employed tutor or teacher, or a school district employee who has a side business, might be entitled to use Schedule C. Teachers whose sole employer is a school district, the IRS says, are to use Schedule A, as Weingarten's article instructs.
For more information, request publication number 508, Educational Expenses, by calling the IRS toll-free at 800-424-FORM.