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If you are an academic type, you need to read this:

"This population of male woodcocks is really good at getting laid, but this other population of male woodcocks is really bad at getting laid and it’s probably because they’re total nerds who’re afraid of everything and can’t get it up when a car goes by 100 yards away."

- Biology, Nassau Community College

"Everyone, including me, is confused about why babies point or don’t point"

- Psychology, Simon Fraser University

"Refugees don’t like being sick, either. Also, militarized governments are bad, and should feel bad."

- Public Health, California State University, Fullerton
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Jon Stewart Introduces Cribs About Poor Wisconsin Teachers

Friday, March 11, 2011, by Sarah Firshein

On last night's episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart addressed the Wisconsin school-system crisis by shedding light on "the real villains, the teachers, who so cavalierly drain Wisconsin and America dry." How, you ask? By spending their lazily earned $51K a year on "lavish benefits." Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee investigates in the first-ever episode of Cribs: Teacher Edition, visiting the homes of two Wisconsin public school teachers. The nerve of these people! They have a top sheet and a bottom sheet! Jewelry that costs $20!

I don't know how long this video will be available; usually Daily Show videos cycle off the site pretty regularly. Get in there and watch it; it's completely win.

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UC class melds photography, protest

Debra Levi Holtz, Special to The Chronicle
Monday, December 27, 2010

Think of it as a crash course in the culture of protest at UC Berkeley, or as an antidote to teenage apathy.

A new freshman seminar that combines photojournalism with political awareness was inspired by recent conflicts on campus over rising tuition and funding cuts. It is designed to teach students about the role of photography in political activism.

I love it!
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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] litgoddess. Boldface by me.


Idiots. They're making Texas look bad worse. Nice, intelligent people live there! I swear it!
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Growing Green in the City looks at the state of agriculture in American cities.

Improving learning: Greening Schools, the real payoff looks at immediate and long-term effects of schools' going green.

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Fully work safe. Suitable for all audiences except, perhaps, for lawyers. Also George Bush. But we should make him watch it anyway.

And NCLB still sucks and blows at the same time. Even worse than "New Earth" (GDNE).
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There's a wonderful article in a recent issue of The Horn Book Magazine, a journal about children's and YA lit. The author, a teacher of fifth-grade English, does this really cool exercise with her students that makes creative and constructive use of Mary Sues.

Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] rurounitriv.
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So the US Dept. of Ed has these two lovely rules. To wit:

The U.S. Education Department has just issued a new rule saying disabled students who must use a calculator or other device when taking a test will be marked absent and their exam won't count under the nation's sweeping school reform law dubbed No Child Left Behind.

At the same time, schools are required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to let students use such tools if they have a disability that impairs their ability to read or do math.

You just have to love our government.


OTOH, I ♥ Jon Carroll of the SF Chron. Today's column made me all happy.
Well, so this law says this, and the other law says that, which is a quandary. The apparent solution: You're the teacher; you figure it out. Now some school administrators are using the technique of trying to persuade disabled kids that they're not disabled. Oh heck, throw away that calculator, get up and walk! Faith-based education at its finest.

I have another solution: lying. If this administration has taught us one thing, it's that lying in pursuit of a higher goal is permissible. If they fake the science on birth control devices or clean air standards, it's not really a lie; it's voluntary distruthfulness. I think teachers should say, "Calculators? What calculators? I see no calculators." I think they should do that until someone sues someone, and we have a test case, because that's the way things are done these days. Y'all ready for some rigorous voluntary distruthfulness? Go to it.

I think we should hand out copies of this column to every K-12 teacher in the country. Yep.


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