Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, a school in Sydney, Australia, has just amended its dress code allowing students to wear the uniform of their choice, regardless of gender. Many are calling for other schools to do the same.Read More
Today in Complete Bullshit news.
You know what's hilarious? When people who clearly have no experience with superhero lore make up rules about superhero stuff.Read More
Today in "Leslie Knope's home videos"
On March 17, 9-year-old Sydney Smoot appeared at a meeting of her local school board and effectively tore the Florida Standards Assessment Test a new one, suggesting instead that students be given three smaller tests throughout the year.Read More
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!
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 Control
Here Be Dragons
As everyone probably guessed, adding technology to the classrooms has its advantages and disadvantages. Sure, it allows for students and teachers to interact with subjects and lessons in entirely new ways, but technology can also prove just how inept we truly are when it comes to gadgets. At Highland Middle School in Anderson, Indiana, four boys have been suspended after viewing a "partially-clad" photo of their teacher on a school-issued iPad. Their teacher had apparently not realized that her phone had synced with the device.Read More
Not a Misprint
We all know how good GLaDOS is at articulating physics concepts in simple words - "Momentum, a function of mass and velocity, is conserved between portals. In layman's terms, speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out." Now that Portal 2 is headed to classrooms complete with lesson plans, she's going to be so good with children!Read More
We've seen some nifty Portal turrets in real life before, but not one that actually shoots. A Penn State University student created this currently frameless turret for his Advanced Mechatronics class' final project. The turret, like in the game, tracks its victims via an IP webcam, as well as shoots at them, though luckily for said victims it only shoots Nerf bullets. He's working on a frame so the thing looks more like the iconic white turret we've all come to love and fear, and yes, the turret also talks in that sing-songy, haunting voice. Check out a video of the thing in action after the break.Read More