Today’s post is authored by Sandra Tsing Loh, a writer/performer whose shows include “Mother on Fire”, “Sugar Plum Fairy,” and “I Worry.” Loh’s books include If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now, which was named by the LA Times as one of the 100 best fiction books of 1998. She has been a regular commentator on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and on Ira Glass’ “This American Life.” She is currently a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly and was a 2006 finalist for the National Magazine Award. Sandra has graciously allowed me to republish her Scandalously Informal Guide to the LAUSD.
(This is Part 5 of a 5-part series. Read the rest of the series here.)
I admit I am a traditionalist. Even in kindergarten, if my kids are not actually bleeding from the ears, I think some drilling, some memorization, and some homework is okay. Even at home, in reward for tiny little accomplishments, I’m all for busy little charts, stars, and stickers, particularly if I can remember where I put them.