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

PASADENA. Calif.—Angela Lo grew up in a strict household, under constant pressure to get grades good enough for admission to a top university. But in stark contrast to…

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,…