Category: Edyookashun

The New Secretary of Education is A Mixed Bag

The New Secretary of Education is A Mixed Bag

| December 16, 2008 | Reply

President-Elect Obama has named his Secretary of Education and to no one’s surprise he picked Arne Duncan, the chief of the Chicago school system. Duncan has a reputation both as a reformer and as friendly to teachers’ unions. Whether that means he takes the best from each and uses them for the betterment of the […]

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A Loving Message to America's Schoolchildren from a Canadian Friend

A Loving Message to America's Schoolchildren from a Canadian Friend

| December 3, 2008 | 2 Replies

Can we make Wendy Sullivan our Secretary of Education now? It’s kind of a shame, though, that she (a Canadian, as you’ll find out) had to be the one to defend the Pledge of Alliegance to an American public school teacher. An entertaining excerpt: Due to the lack of decent television programming in my country, […]

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Abusive Teacher Slapped on the Wrist

Abusive Teacher Slapped on the Wrist

| November 29, 2008 | Reply

You might remember Diantha Harris, the teacher who browbeat a young child in her classroom for supporting John McCain and used quite inappropriate language in front of her class. She abused her authority as an authority figure and her trust as an educator. Well, her school district has levied its punishment and their actions are […]

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Yeah, Homeschooling is the Wave of the Future

Yeah, Homeschooling is the Wave of the Future

| November 14, 2008 | Reply

Funny, when I was in school, teachers actually marked down for gross spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. I give this teacher expecially low marks because he or she apparently lacked the skill to teach young Pablo how to correctly spell the names of the people he’s supposed to hate. It makes me wonder if the […]

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Diantha Harris: Poster Child for Homeschooling

Diantha Harris: Poster Child for Homeschooling

| November 6, 2008 | 25 Replies

This has me well and truly ticked off. Watch this foul bully who calls herself a teacher browbeat a little girl into tears by flat-out lying to her. This woman should have been fired and forced to make a public apology in front of her students and their parents for betraying her trust. She is […]

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Quote of the Day, Mindless Videogame Edition

Quote of the Day, Mindless Videogame Edition

| June 21, 2008 | Reply

“I don’t think games have to be fun…I think games have to be engaging.” And they have to lecture and just be stuffed full of teachable moments and important life lessons, too. Whoopee.

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Quiznos' Subs are Tastier Anyhow (UPDATED: Scholastic makes a Faux Apology)

Quiznos' Subs are Tastier Anyhow (UPDATED: Scholastic makes a Faux Apology)

| May 26, 2008 | 7 Replies

It’s probably just as well that Subway decided to shut out home-schoolers in the Untied (sic) States. I like Quiznos’ subs better and, as of today, they’re still running their $5 foot-long sub deal, too. It probably wouldn’t hurt to let you local neighborhood Quiznos know just why they’re getting your business either. UPDATE: via […]

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"Hey YOUUUU GUYYYYYYYYS!"

"Hey YOUUUU GUYYYYYYYYS!"

| May 13, 2008 | 7 Replies

Oh, great. In an updated blast from the past, PBS will air a new version of the 1970s children’s series “The Electric Company.” The original “The Electric Company” was an excellent production and a great tool to help kids learn. I’m less enthusiastic about this project, based on this quote from one of the guys […]

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Are College Diplomas Overrated?

Are College Diplomas Overrated?

| April 30, 2008 | 4 Replies

I was intrigued by the headline of this story in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The headline reads, “America’s Most Overrated Product: the Bachelor’s Degree” which led me to believe that the article would be about the increasing number of jobs for which employers are demanding a Bachelor’s Degree just for an entry-level position. This […]

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And in Seventh Grade, Junior will Learn How to Be a Bomber…FOR GREAT SOCIAL JUSTICE!

And in Seventh Grade, Junior will Learn How to Be a Bomber…FOR GREAT SOCIAL JUSTICE!

| April 24, 2008 | 6 Replies

Barack Obama’s semi-BFF William Ayers, who once blew up his girlfriend with his occasionally incompetent bomb-making skills, has been a busy little beaver over the years. Not content with being a killer himself, he’s spent his time worming his way into our public schools. Sol Stern, wrote a pretty detailed expose what I’d usually call […]

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