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Terrifying phrase of the week: facial spiders

4 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Medical science offers this tid-bit of real-life Gothic horror: very small spiders live in our faces. Matt Shipman has lots of fun with this: Right now, in the general vicinity of your nose, there are at least two species of...

Would you like a McOuija with that?

12 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Today's Gothic story comes from the indispensable They've found a rumor alleging that McDonald's was going to offer a combination Ouija board and Happy Meal®. Apparently the source for this grand concept was a SyFy channel person, who made...

Role Model Among Role Models

Ask yourself this--what do you do when your own kid fails classes? Do you talk to them? Get them extra help? Take away some electronic device? Well, if you happen to be principal of the school they attend, you have other options. You can simply change their grades. Show More Summary

Google celebrates LeFanu

18 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Today's Google Doodle celebrates the 200th birthday of Sheridan LeFanu, Irish writer of many classic Gothic tales. The image is from "Carmilla" (1871). NB: that's, not the main (US) site. (thanks to Saramin)

Try the Lovecraft Evil-O-Matic!

Now you, too, can generate Lovecratian prose! Simply visit the Lovecraft Evil-O-Matic, which coughs up randomly HPL-ish gems like: Faceless groping pox. Boundless masticating pool. Jaundiced suffocating nightmare. The -Matic's creator then applied his work to political prose, like so:...

Revive NYSUT Supporters School Me

Yesterday on Twitter, I was barraged with the various defenses of Revive NYSUT's double-pension grab. I'm going to recount a few here.1. You aren't telling the whole story.That's true. I paint what I see. If there's another side of the story, you're free to tell it. Show More Summary

Would You Like to Drink at the Bar?

Would you like to drink at the bar?Stay in the Hilton instead of your car,And be better off than you are,Or should I punch you in the face?A punch in the face will shut your festering craw,It might break your nose or bust your jaw,The...Show More Summary

Even Ed. "Reformers" Gotta Serve Somebody

Based on the song by Bob Dylan... You may be head of Kipps or Success AcademiesYou may counsel out kids and keep entry feesYou may have a padded cell to suspend kids with habitsYou may be Joel Klein with a stash of Amplify tablets But...Show More Summary

TTT#407 Welcome Back after Ferguson w/ Marcia Chatelain, Karen Fasimpaur, Alicia Lobaco, Jo Paraiso, and Chris Sloan – 8.20.14

We were planning a “Welcome Back” episode on Teachers Teaching Teachers, something about how to launch connected learning with Youth Voices in our classrooms and how to be more planful about connecting our curriculum. #connectedlearning. How do we do that after Michael Brown’s killing and the Ferguson protests? More than ever we need those days, even […]

Passion for Crap in Education Means No Flexibility in APPR

Over at Perdido Street School he's pierced the bazillion-dollar Capital NY paywall and discovered that Arne Duncan's flexibility with APPR does not extend to states that have already begun Common Core testing. For those of you who are...Show More Summary

UFT Unity Caucus Adopts New Slogan, Aims to Rival Starbucks for World Domination

BREAKING--Since UFT President Mike Mulgrew's momentous speech at the AFT convention, UFT-Unity has been reinvigorated and is looking to expand. For fifty years it has dominated the UFT, controlling every office and insisting all members...Show More Summary

Fear the computer game, old school

An old computer game ad offers an entertaining vision of scary technology: "No wonder some people are afraid of computers."

The Lathe of Heaven...or Hell?

In Ursula Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven, the main character, George Orr, has the power to change reality through his dreams. A psychiatrist attempts to harness the power of his dreams to create a better world, but every attempt backfires in completely unexpected ways. Show More Summary

Revive NYSUT Leadership Takes Care of Revive NYSUT Leadership

It was inspiring to a lot of people when the Revive NYSUT ticket appeared last year. Naturally, there were frustrations with NYSUT, and a few people I respect explained some of them to me. In fact, when I first saw them, I thought it might be a good idea. Show More Summary

Manly body part collector in Croatia

Croatian police arrested a man for a peculiarly Gothic (or mega-Freudian) habit. The Slavonski Brod resident allegedly collected human body parts, stored in jars. Said collector was especially fond of human male genitalia. One source thinks there were only a...

All's Fair in Love and Teacher-Bashing

I'm a teacher, so I write about education. But if I were a NY Times columnist, I could write about hedge funds. I probably wouldn't write very well about them because I'm not really clear on what they are. But, like NY Times columnists,...Show More Summary

NYSUT Opts for Ignorance

This year, NYSUT once again declined to endorse Andrew Cuomo, and now the AFL-CIO, for the moment at least, is doing the same. All over the Twittersphere NYSUT patronage employees are trumpeting their great victory. From where I sit,...Show More Summary

On the burial crunch

Business Week has a fine overview of changes in burial practices. One major issue is that it's often too expensive to bury people in major cities. Another: the sheer number of bodies is crowding out room for the newly dead...

Take the Money and Run

I'm friendly with a pretty saavy ATR. I won't tell you his name, I won't tell you precisely who he's connected with, but I will tell you he seems to know people. In June, he met with a financial adviser and decided to take the ATR buyout. Show More Summary

Calls from the dead

Snopes spots another story about dead people's cell phones making calls. In this instance a man died in a train crash. But then... Peck's body was recovered from the wreckage 12 hours after the accident. Yet for the first eleven...

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