Category Archives: Education

Steven Rottman, an Expert at Detecting Computer Fraud, Offers Tips to Optimist Club Members

When Steven Rottman of Roving Technology was asked to speak to the Optimist Club on February 2, members had so many questions that he agreed to stay after the meeting to answer them. He also gave some Wi-Fi and email … Continue reading

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Want Your Kids/Grandkids to Win a Prize? Look to the Optimists

Anyone who has watched their kids apply to college knows that not only are grades and test scores considered, but also extracurricular activities and awards/prizes are requested. Given the pandemic, there have been limited ways for teens to achieve something … Continue reading

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Book Author Ken Robinson Speaks on Education and Creativity in an Illuminating TED Talk

In December, the Optimist Club hosted a TED Talk recorded by Sir Ken Robinson in 2006 and titled “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” The talk has been viewed online more than 60 million times and seen by an estimated 380 million … Continue reading

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Young Students Perform an Uplifting Virtual Concert, “Playing Through a Pandemic”

Depressed by Covid-19? If you instantly want to feel better, go to Childrensmusicworkshop.com and click on the concert “Playing Through a Pandemic,” presented by the All Schools Elementary Honor Orchestra. Starting with the “Radetzky March” by Johann Strauss, Sr. (arranged … Continue reading

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Kids Bored? The L.A. Library Offers Activity Suggestions: 

The reading challenge is still underway through August 31. Visit: lapl.org/summer. CLOUD CHALLENGE: Ms. Anna-Marie from the Robertson Branch will teach children the different types of clouds and their names at 4 p.m. on Monday, August 3, on Zoom. This activity … Continue reading

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Pacific Palisades Parent Pleads Guilty in Ongoing College Admissions Scandal

According to Sunday’s Washington Post (“Another Parent Is Charged in College Admissions Scandal, Will Admit to Efforts to Get Son into Georgetown”) Pacific Palisades resident Peter Dameris is the 54th person charged in the admissions scandal dubbed “Varsity Blues” and the … Continue reading

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A Little Library Is Vandalized in SM Canyon, But There’s A Happy Ending

Several Santa Monica Canyon residents heard a woman ranting and shouting last night (May 16). They called 311, but there was no response from the City. This morning, when Judi Jensen went to check on the little library at Rustic … Continue reading

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Education Is Suffering Through Distance Learning, But What Can Be Done?

Walking the dogs, I listen to different radio shows. This morning it was Amstrong & Getty, who were discussing schooling at home. Jack Armstrong, who has two young sons, admitted he didn’t feel he was doing a great job—and most … Continue reading

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LETTER TO CTN: How to Support the Student Debt Forgiveness for Frontline Health Care Workers Act?

I recently heard about possible federal legislation forgiving student loan debt for frontline health care workers. My son, who is a medical resident working the frontline fighting against COVID-19, researched it and found this below. There is also a petition … Continue reading

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Catching Up with Readers: A Correction and an Explanation

EVERYBODY VOTE BY MAIL? A CORRECTION: In my May 4 Musings, I wrote: L.A. County Supervisors voted unanimously on May 5 to send vote-by-mail ballots to every person registered for the November general election (six months away), citing concerns about Covid-19 and … Continue reading

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