Apparently the new Central High School #9, with its roller coaster to nowhere (as my daughter likes to call the art formation near the 101 freeway), will be named after recently retired Ramon Cortines. Disregarding its own policy to hold meetings with the stakeholders and the community, and to name schools (yep, LAUSD has such a policy), the performing arts high school will be named after the outgoing superintendent. Hopefully folks in the San Fernando Valley fight harder, because the newly minted VRHS #4 in Granada Hills and VRHS #5 in San Fernando deserve to have input from their respective communities, and not become a feel-good vote for the school board. In case you want to know the priority of naming rights, typically high schools are named for their area or dead presidents, middle schools after people making significant contributions to mankind (?), and elementary schools are named after a street (although not always the street on the front side of the school). While specialized schools are allowed to be named for people who made significant contributions in their field, apparently that was ignored in the case of CHS#9. And given the choice between politics and selling the naming rights to the high school, I’d rather have it named “Sony” for five years to fund some programs, but that’s just me, I guess.

The Josephson Institute had a great article on the ethics of internships. If you’re not familiar with Michael Josephson, the Centers for Ethics, or his Character Counts! program, you should definitely check it out. Apparently there is growing discontent among some folks over the concept of free internships. As someone who spent 18 months in the sports department of a local TV station during my college years, I can safely say I have no problem with it. I find it a little funny now that my son’s field does seem to pay their interns, but I wouldn’t have traded the experience for the world. Check out the article and let me know if you have an opinion on interning to build a resume.

And in the “just call me a dinosaur” column, earlier this week, I read an article on ending the practice of assigning the whole-class novel. While I encourage reading in all forms–my mom let my brother devour tons of joke books when he was a kid, I fail to see how reading 16 blogs could possibly make up for what kids could get out of reading a novel. Certainly grade-level appropriateness is key, but I’m not going to advocate texting lessons to students. And similarly, text and IM speak has become a way to spell. Can we stop it, or are we doomed to SMH, LOL, or just give up?

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