Does a teacher's gender play a role in how students rate their educational efforts? A new study says yes—at least, when you can't see them.Read More
Now where is this pile of money so we can all Scrooge McDuck in it?
The world has become Rainbow, and now you can, too. The initial literacy fundraiser ended last week after raising an incredible $5,408,916, but there's still time to donate over on BackerKit, a crowdfunding platform that has definitely hitched itself to the right gravy train.Read More
Now study the impact of calling out of work with a hangover.
For a kid (or teacher) in school there is nothing better than a snow day, but educators have been concerned with how an unexpected day off might impact a student's education. A new study examined the impact of snow days on how students learn, and the results are promising for kids who want a day off.Read More
This is how the Keene Act gets started.
This morning a disturbing photo made its way onto the /WTF subreddit. It showed a letter sent home by a school informing parents that superhero costumes have been banned from school Halloween activities. What's even the point of Halloween then?Read More
In related news, coming to class stoned does not help you learn. As we've always suspected.
According to a recent survey of classes at East Carolina University by economics professor Nick Rupp, students who receive some amount of regular homework ultimately earn higher grades on tests. Great. I'm sure that's exactly what all of you wanted to hear right before the fall semester starts. Next we'll be telling you that too much beer is bad for you.Read More
Saw is probably not a good film to show 11-year-olds, and not just because of the predictable plot and hackneyed direction.
It's that time of year again when kids are starting summer vacation and teachers just couldn't give a damn. Yesterday, we brought you the story of a fourth-grade teacher from Wisconsin who got falling down hammered while chaperoning a class field trip. Today, Europe is getting in on the action as a sixth-grade teacher in France has been suspended for putting on a viewing of Saw for a roomful of 11-year-olds. If he really wanted to watch a Cary Elwes movie that badly, it occurs to us that The Princess Bride might have saved him a lot of trouble. Also, it's a good film, unlike Saw.Read More
Preschool Bans Kids From “Super Hero Play,” Doesn’t Even Have the Decency To Do It With Proper Grammar
Your Stupid Minds! Stupid! Stupid!By now you may have seen the picture floating around of a flyer distributed by an unnamed preschool that has banned "Super Hero play." If not: Yes, there is such a preschool. Apparently kids have been getting a little rowdy there lately—which is absolutely a problem that should be solved—so the school decided, hey, instead of addressing the violence issue, let's just say they can't pretend to be superheroes. The letter, with my commentary, is behind the cut. I am unable to can with this one, folks. Read More
Preschool Bans Kids From Pretending to Be Superheroes, Misses Point of Childhood Completely [Updated]
A preschool has banned children from pretending to be superheroes, monsters, and wrestlers, because they clearly don't understand childhood.
In 1954 Fredric Wertham published his book Seduction of the Innocent which said comic books were the cause of juvenile delinquency in America. They aren't, but the idea that comics are dangerous keeps popping up. This time it's showing itself in the form of a preschool that has banned "Super Hero play." What's really offensive, though, is what they've asked parents to do.Read More
School Bus Service in Spain Gets Cut, So Mothers Pose for a Semi-Nude Calendar to Pay For It Their Own Darn Selves
Assuming Direct ControlSpain, as much of the world, isn't doing too well economically. After the country's construction bubble popped the government instituted sizable budget cuts, including to schools, many of which now charge way too much for lunches and have had to cut bus services. Dozens of kids at Evaristo Calayatud in Valencia now have to walk nearly four miles over unpaved roads to get to school. But a group of mothers aren't having it. If the government can't afford school buses, well, they're just going to raise the money themselves. By posing for a semi-nude calendar. Read More
BraaaaiiiinnnnnsEveryone deserves to be able to further their education if they want. Even zombies. Who are we to discriminate? What? This is a "Zombie Scholarship," not a scholarship for zombies? Well, I'm going to have to rethink this whole thing. Read More