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The Perks of Privilege

It seems every time I pick up the NY Post, some principal is committing an atrocity. The latest of those is from PS 120 in Flushing, who ran a carnival during school hours last week. That sounds nice, doesn't it? Except the price for this carnival was ten bucks, and if you didn't pay, you didn't get in. Show More Summary

Nine brains found on the ground

People found nine brains along a railroad in upstate New York. The idea suggests horror, or mad science, or an art project, or an expression of what New York City thinks upstate needs, doesn't it? One local took this in...

Why Memorial Day is often confused with Veterans Day (but shouldn’t be)

(Note: I run versions of this post on the respective holidays and each time enough people seeing it for the first time tell me it is useful history to warrant a republishing. So here it is again, with some additions.) Memorial Day is often confused with Veterans Day. Why? According to the Department of Veterans […]

Asking students to work in complete isolation

Joe Bower said: I would never ask students to complete anything that is worth doing in complete isolation from their peers, parents, books, or the Internet. I’ve worked hard to encourage my students to see collaboration as a critical characteristic of learning. Alfie Kohn reminds us that, “I want to see what you can do [...]

Military mom away for nine months surprises son at high school graduation

AL.com in Alabama reports on how Petty Officer 2nd Class Vera Turner surprised her son, Steven Turner Jr., on stage at his high school graduation in Tuscaloosa on Saturday after being away for nine months at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. To applause and shouts from the audience, Turner appeared on stage and embraced her son before […]

DA Takeaway

The DA last week was fairly unremarkable. The thing I found unusual was that I voted with Unity, I think, every time. Most of the resolutions were fairly Mom and Apple Pie, both of which I support. Nonetheless, some things are notable.It's...Show More Summary

Earth's campaign against human race shifts to Missouri

The Earth's campaign against humanity shifted ground this week to Missouri. Four (4) sinkholes opened up underneath an unsuspecting golfcourse. Gary Pendergrass, a geological engineer and principal with GeoEngineers, said the largest sinkhole of the four that opened was 60...

Monica at Mozilla: Tracking Protection for Firefox at Web 2.0 Security and Privacy 2015

Topic: Online Privacy Advertising does not make content free. It merely externalizes the costs in a way that incentivizes malicious or incompetent players to build things like Superfish, infect 1 in 20 machines with ad injection malware,...Show More Summary

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

I Think You’ll Find It’s a Bit More Complicated Than That: Amazon.co.uk: Ben Goldacre: 9780007462483: Books tags: toread science journalism complexity truth lies weekly 15 Unusual College Mottos | Mental Floss ” FACIO LIBEROS EX LIBERIS LIBRIS LIBRAQUE” I make free adults out of children by means of books and a balance. tags: weekly latin… Read More

National Post Interview With Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin

The National Post has published a lengthy article based on an exclusive interview with Beverley McLachlin, Chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.It goes over her philosophy of judicial review, the Court's evolution since the introduction...Show More Summary

How Grades 6-12 get robbed in federal education funding

This graphic comes from a new report by the Alliance for Excellent Education called “Why ESEA Must Fill the Missing Middle,” a reference to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which, in its current version is known as No Child Left Behind, and is now being rewritten by Congress. The report shows how federal funding […]

A different college ranking guide

During college commencement, the spotlight is obviously on those students who have graduated — but plenty who start with the intent of earning a bachelor’s degree never do. Some don’t make it for financial or family reasons, but others don’t because they made a poor choice in selecting a college to attend. With rising high […]

Classic History Game Oregon Trail Goes Mobile

Strong pioneer simulation game with secondary emphasis on history.

OCLC Plans to Lay Off 27 Employees at Dublin, Ohio World Headquarters

,From The Columbus Dispatch: OCLC will lay off 27 employees at its Dublin operation in a move to readjust staffing “in line with future needs.” [Clip] Over the last five years, OCLC has been in a period of significant investment in new products and services,” the nonprofit computer-service and research organization said in a statement. […]

Marc Andreessen and His Wife are Partnering With HP to Donate Computers to Baltimore and Ferguson Libraries

From the USA Today: Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen [also developer of Mozilla (first visual web browser) that became Netscape where he was co-founder] and the and his wife, philanthropist and educator Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, have teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to donate nearly $170,000 worth of computers, printers and other equipment. Show More Summary

Massachusetts: Rembrandt, Dürer Works Valued at More than $600,000 Missing from Boston Public Library

From the Boston Globe: Police are investigating the disappearance of two works of art worth more than $600,000, including a print of a Rembrandt self-portrait, that went missing last month from the Boston Public Library’s flagship branch in Copley Square, authorities said Tuesday. A report from the Boston Police Department’s Anti-Corruption Unit states that officers […]

2015 Week 21 Education Odds and Ends

“We believe that this recognition has come about because of the “blatant” move by corporations to take over public education and the creation of these charter schools who are limiting the rights of teachers and the type of education that our children are receiving.” — Juan Orozco Professor Antonia Darder this weekend in Los Angeles Dr. Show More Summary

On Edgar Allan Poe by Marilynne Robinson

Topic: Authors In his prose poem Eureka, Poe concludes that God and the human soul are pervasively present in the universe itself. Truth is intrinsic to reality, as it is to consciousness. The pedantic voice of the postscript knows and...Show More Summary

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