PFA Highlights of 2013

Posted on Jan 25, 2014

Happy New Year to everyone! Welcome to 2014! 2013 turned out to be an exceptionally good year for the Part-Time Faculty Association. I am writing this in the hope that 2014 will be even better. Just for starters, last year we increased our membership by more than 40%. We moved to a new office, won two communication awards at the annual California Federation of Teachers state convention, held on Open House in our new office as well as one of our...

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Learning from history, or losing the fight

Posted on Jan 25, 2014

Published in the January 24, 2014 Santa Maria Times. “History,” said Henry Ford, “is more or less bunk.” Fortunately, Henry Ford was an industrialist, not an educator. But knowledge of history is the basis upon which today’s decisions are made. Our educational system, locally and nationally, needs to spend more time teaching the important lessons of the past. For example, I often give my students at Allan Hancock...

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