Jennifer Oldham

Jennifer Oldham is a freelance writer based in California. Previously, Oldham was a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she covered aviation, local government, politics, real estate and other business topics for 15 years.

Recent Stories

Are texting, multitasking teens losing empathy skills? Some differing views

Psychiatrist Dr. Gary Small recently expressed a sentiment that may have crossed the minds of parents and educators who see how much time teenagers spend chatting online and texting:…

‘Tiger Mother’ meets reality: Asian-American students struggle, too

With purported discrimination against Asian applicants at issue in a lawsuit against Harvard, not all Asian students end up at elite colleges, as we’ve reported. PASADENA. Calif.—Angela Lo grew up…

The evolution of teaching evolution

Ask any high school biology instructor: Teaching kids about evolution is a science. Students’ reactions to the theory of how life evolved on earth are as diverse as the…

Community college students mired in basic-skills classes

Karina Carrillo, Marina Casillas and Sonia Ortega (l to r) relax during a recent misty morning on the Los Angeles Valley College campus. Like many of their peers,…