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Creepy dolls staked out in Alabama

14 minutes agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Southern Gothic meets creepy dolls: police found dozens of dolls tied to stakes and buried in an Alabama swamp. The dolls were atop bamboo stakes and had been placed in Bear Creek Swamp, close to County Road 3, the dirt...

The terrible thing that happened to a Teach For America corps member

The friend request popped onto Josh Kaplowitz’s Facebook page one afternoon. He was at his office at a top-shelf D.C. law firm, but the name on the screen transported him to a very different place, a decade earlier, to a time of humiliation and failure. Just seeing Raynard Ware’s name that January day in 2012 […]

TNTP and Indiana SBOE’s Crony Corporate Teacher Evaluation Agenda

by Doug Martin Funded by Bill Gates and started by corporate school darling Michelle Rhee, The New Teachers Project has a big role in my book Hoosier School Heist. And this corporate consulting/temporary teacher group is at it again, this time with help from the Indiana State Board of Education. Show More Summary

Principal: What I’ve learned about annual standardized testing

The U.S. Congress is — eight years late — taking up the rewriting of No Child Left Behind, and one of the key issues under discussion is just how big the federal footprint on local public schools should be. No Child Left Behind requires that students take an annual standardized test for purposes of holding […]

100 Great Ideas for the Future of Libraries -- A New Paradigm for Civic Engagement

There are solutions to community issues laying dormant in the minds of our friends and neighbors. It's time for a paradigm shift to one in which public leaders engage with their communities and take action based on the voices of their constituents. Show More Summary

Beirut libraries struggle with funding

Since the first library opened in Bachoura, the budget of ASSABIL grew from $12,000 in 1998 to $620,000 in 2011. In addition to managing the Beirut network, the organization also supports about 25 public libraries throughout LebanonShow More Summary

Other Little Free Libraries could be ordered to cease

One of Shreveport's Little Free Libraries was ordered to cease operations Thursday, and others in the city could face the same fate. Alan Clarke, the MPC's zoning administrator, said the book swaps are, by definition, libraries equivalent...Show More Summary

Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded about 2,000 books %u2014 including children%u2019s stories, poetry, philosophy, and tomes on sports, health, culture and science %u2014 into six pickup trucks. Show More Summary

Software that can publish every draft of a book simultaneously shows the true beauty of the creative process - Quartz

Once his book, Benjamin Buckingham And The Nightmare’s Nightmare, was finished, Mazurek publicly shared the GitHub project so anyone could see the changes he made to the story along the way. Mazurek said that he originally hadn’t intended...Show More Summary

Never trust a corporation to do a library%u2019s job %u2014 The Message %u2014 Medium

In the last five years, starting around 2010, the shifting priorities of Google%u2019s management left these archival projects in limbo, or abandoned entirely. After a series of redesigns, Google Groups is effectively dead for research purposes. Show More Summary

Get your loved ones off Facebook.

The issue here isn't what we have to hide, it's maintaining an important right to our freedom -- which is the right to privacy, and the right to have a say in how information about us is used. We've giving up those rights forever by using Facebook. http://saintsal.com/facebook/

Photography – Week 60

This is just frost on my windshield in the early morning. I really like the surreal mix of sunrise bokeh and crisp ice patterns. I need to do a photo book of lonely pets.

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

And So We Meet, Again: Why The Workday Is So Filled With Meetings : NPR “Experts say poorly run meetings grind away at employee engagement and make companies less reactive by bogging decisions down in human red tape. Some companies, including Mattel, try to create limits around the size, duration or frequency of meetings. But … Continue reading Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

January 2015 Issue of Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World

The Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World newsletter, published by Library and Archives Canada (LAC), highlights issues pertaining to government and recordkeeping practices in the public and private sectors around the world.The January 2015 issue has just been published. Show More Summary

Law Library of Congress Report on Abortion Legislation in Europe

The Law Library of Congress in Washington has released a new comparative report on Abortion Legislation in Europe:"This report summarizing laws on abortion in selected European countries shows diverse approaches to the regulation of abortion in Europe. Show More Summary

Why must we ask the 21st century to wait outside our classes?

John Jones said: why must we ask the 21st century to wait outside our classes? Is it just to protect the lecture? We know what a classroom designed around lectures, notes, and quizzes can do, and it is not impressive.... Perhaps by embracing the new forms and structures of communication enabled by [...]

So much for ‘choice.’ Florida says parents can’t opt out their kids from standardized tests

There is a big push today to give parents “choice” about which schools their children attend.  Many parents can also choose, among other things, not to have their children read specific assigned books that they find offensive, participate in sex education classes or attend assemblies they deem controversial. But when it comes to standardized tests, […]

So much for ‘choice.’ Florida says parents can’t opt out their kids from standardized tests

There is a big push today to give parents “choice” about which schools their children attend.  Many parents can also choose, among other things, not to have their children read specific assigned books that they find offensive, participate in sex education classes or attend assemblies they deem controversial. But when it comes to standardized tests, […]

A suitcase stuffed with body parts

Today in mysterious body parts: a suitcase was found on 11th street, stuffed with human body parts. At least one bit was a torso. It was a roller bag. The story remains cryptic at this time, without a full criminal...

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