is an English preparatory school set in bracing downland country
. Find out more
about its teachers
, the headmaster
and his predecessors
, the discipline
, and its star pupil Nigel Molesworth
. As a bonus you can find out more about how Kennedy captured the gerund and led it into captivity
. If you're still confused, click here
for the background to Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle's satire on a certain part of 1950s England.
Either you liked them
or you didn't
, but for 60 years, the National School Lunch Program
has been feeding American school children low cost, nutritious meals
. Personally, from the 1960's, in small town Kansas, I miss the fish sticks
, the thick oil crust sheet pizza
, and the corn bread. And subsidized milk
, at 2 cents an 8 ounce carton.
From the guy
who brought you the Whitewater scandal and the impeachment of President Clinton
for lying about oval antics in the Oral Office, a legal push to make the Supreme Court just say no to "Bong Hits 4 Jesus."
Ken Starr's petition to the Court [PDF]
makes clear that Starr believes this is no laughing matter, but a chance for the Court to make a landmark ruling that will give school adminstrators the power to limit student speech: "This case presents the Court with a much-needed opportunity to resolve a sharp conflict among federal courts
(and to eliminate confusion on the part of school boards,
administrators, teachers, and students) over whether the First
Amendment permits regulation of student speech when such
speech is advocating or making light of illegal substances."
sits at the foot of the French Alps near Grenoble
, France. Since 1967 [PDF]
, its landlocked harbor
has been the place to go
if you want to learn how to sail
a fleet [PDF]
of the world's largest ships
Art teacher in hot water over topless photos
- Meet Tamara
, a 29 year old art teacher at Austin High School (notable alumni
) in Austin, TX. She's in danger of losing her job with the Austin independent School District over inappropriate photos posted to her Flickr account
(may be NSFW). "I'm an artist and I'm going to participate in the arts," Hoover said. "If that's not something they want me to do then I want to be told that. I don't feel as if I was doing anything that was beyond expectations."
has a simple dream: to improve the safety
of school bus rides for all students. Or, wait, maybe the dream is to exploit our kids
for profit. To be fair, they aren't the only ones
who think this is a great idea. Thanks, Massachusetts
, which we've talked about before
Speaking truth to power: when power speaks back
Graduating senior Jean Rohe
& Senator John McCain spoke at the New School
's graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden this Saturday. Rohe's speech attacking McCain's actions & positions has been hailed by many on the Left as "speaking truth to power". McCain staffer Mark Salter
thinks Jean isn't being fair to his boss. Scroll down to read his reaction.
The Ninth Circuit
as a hotbed
liberal judicial activism, but defended
by others PDF
) issued its opinion in the case
of Harper v. Poway Unified School District
last week. Judge Stephen Reinhardt - who, to some people, embodies
the alleged evils
of the Ninth Circuit - issued the majority opinion
, and Judge Alex Kozinski filed a strong dissent
. The majority opinion held that a high school
principal who ordered a student to remove his T-shirt that said "Homosexuality is Shameful" did
not violate the student's First Amendment rights, reasoning that "limitations on speech" are
permissible in cases where speech is "derogatory and injurious remarks directed at students'
minority status such as race religion and sexual orientation," and the limitation is "narrow, and
applied with sensitivity and for reasons that are consistent with the fundamental First Amendment
mandate." [more inside]
A Chicago teacher vents about the situation at his school on his blog
and ends up angering the student body, fellow teachers, and parents.
Who knew that the building of Leprechaun traps
are to St. Patrick's day what candy hearts and valentine mailboxes are to Valentine's day. All over the country, elementary school kids
are displaying their Leprechaun traps today. What to use for bait? Gold, shamrocks, 4 leaf clovers, rainbows...
Is a Peace Studies class
appropriate to be taught in a public high school? Ok, but what if it's an elective? And if it's taught by this guy
you could probably understand why some people
would think it's lame.
was arrested Wednesday
for the gang-related shooting of Michael Jacola at Orange Park High School in Jacksonville. Florida. Marcus was caught
because left his photo on his Myspace.com profile
alongside various comments about belonging to a gang.
The Belgian kids cleaned the American kids' clocks. For "Stupid in America," a special report ABC will air Friday, we gave identical tests to high school students in New Jersey and in Belgium. [...] The Belgian kids called the American students "stupid."
Interesting insights into the different school systems employed in both countries.
B - Lite
He is white. He is blind. He is a rapper with an old school sound. And he may worship Satan.
Sea Cruise is my fave but MeFiers will probably dig Wall - Mart. Mp3s on right.
What would you do with $100 million? OK, scratch that. What would you do if you were the head of a top US university with an anonymous gift of $100 million
? Well, if you're Richard C. Levin
, you'd take a cue from the Curtis Institute of Music
in Philadelphia and decide to let music students in for free
From Baltimore to the Bush.
Until 2003, the Baraka School in Kenya was home to 20-40 underachieving teenagers from inner-city Baltimore. As Time Magazine reported in 2000
, the experiment was not without complications, ranging from curriculum deficiencies to disciplinary issues. PBS also did a short piece
on Baraka the same year.
By 2002, though, things were shaping up
. The Baltimore City Public School System found that students at Baraka improved markedly
in their academics. One alumnus
is an up-and-coming hip-hop star.
Baraka was closed indefinitely in 2003 due to terrorism-related security threats. But a new documentary, The Boys of Baraka
, recaptures the essence of the place, its successes and its failures alike.
Female Brains Need Less Hair
Girls going to public schools in Togo have been ordered to shave their heads
by the country's Education Minister. It's supposed to make them concentrate on school work instead of looking cute.
A racist moron gets punched in the head
for wearing a racist shirt to his high school
. The undershirt the white student wore had a confederate flag on the front with the words "Keep it flying." On the back, a cartoon depicted a group of hooded Klansmen standing outside a church, waving to two others who had just pulled away in a car reading "Just married." Two black men in nooses were being dragged behind.
Yet, somehow, he declares he's not racist: "I'm not racist or anything," he said. "It's just, some people I hate, some people I don't get along with. And black people just happen to be the ones because they think they're better than everyone else."
; Previous Fleming Island Clothing Issues
On September 15, 1959, student Bill Thomas witnessed the bloody aftermath of a bomb
going off at Poe Elementary School. "This was an extremely upsetting event for me and my fellow six-grade students, but no consideration was ever given to the treatment of our trauma. In fact, nothing much was even said about it when we returned to school the next day."
Decades later, he deals with what happened by taking photographs of himself
in which he's seen committing suicide in a variety of convoluted ways.
Bush comes out
in favor of teaching "intelligent design
" alongside evolution
in American schools. Is this the latest evidence of the White House willing to champion worthy but controversial ideas that have been sidelined by liberal bias
, or strictly from Paul Krugman's theoretical headline, "Shape of Earth: Views Differ"
? [Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Lone Star State, Texas educators ignite brouhaha by adding Bible study to the public-school curriculum].
Reason #48713 for teaching the Bible in schools:
"The classics of British and American literature are filled with biblical allusions that would be lost on a reader without basic knowledge of the Bible"
Woman wins Orange Prize for novel "many people will hate"
Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin
is one of the few novels I've read in which the protagonist admits that she dislikes her child
and is ambivalent (to put it mildly) about motherhood in general. In this case, she has good reason--the boy has a few problems, which culminate in a school gym massacre (preceded by something really grisly). (I'm not giving anything away by saying this, it's not a mystery novel.) Many people
do indeed hate it; I personally thought it was fascinating. See also The Independent
, The Guardian
, ID Theory
, and many more.
School Mistakes Huge Burrito for a Weapon
Ok, now it's time to get away from the computer after a long week.
Teacher gone wild. Again.
While not as crazy as this,
previously) Mrs. Miller definitely needs some therapy. Perhaps these 4th graders should have had camera phones like these
kids... Though at least the U.S. isn't as tolerant of teachers behavior as Moroccans
. Frankly my dear, they don't give a damn!
A racist bullying case study in wiki format.
The Underground History of American Education You aren't compelled to loan your car to anyone who wants it, but you are compelled to surrender your school-age child to strangers who process children for a livelihood.... If I demanded you give up your television to an anonymous, itinerant repairman who needed work you'd think I was crazy; if I came with a policeman who forced you to pay that repairman even after he broke your set, you would be outraged. Why are you so docile when you give up your child to a government agent called a schoolteacher?
Feed Me Better
Jamie Oliver (UK fat tongued food wizard) campaigns to ban the junk food and get fresh, tasty and, above all, nutricious food back on school dinners menu.
(long out of print in English) of Frigyes Karinthy. Short, funny, and occasionally bittersweet; favorites include The Good Student
and The Bad Student Tested
, and Hanging From the Apparatus
the Kansas Dept. of Education
is hereby directed to collect comments
from the public regarding the various proposed changes to the Science Curriculum Standards, either contained within the Science Curriculum Standards Draft
or contained within the minority report
Kansas Citizens for Science
that the intelligent design
folks are just trying to put religion in the schools. But are the proposed changes in the minority report really pro-religion, or are they just pro-"raise kids to be inquisitive"? I, for one, am honesty not sure.
Mapping couplings at a high school
Sociologists graphed the romantic and sexual relationships of 80% of an entire high school (832 out of ~1000 students). The research indicates that high schoolers lack sexual alpha-persons resulting in partner maps that are mostly long lines rather than the more hub and spoke like maps common in adult maps.
Planes, Trains, and Plantains,
or the Greatest Essay Ever Written.
Is a smaller school always a better school?
School districts across the US are seizing on size as the key to reform. But some experts worry that the rush to create smaller schools is happening too fast.
Are you a gay teen in Utah? Do you want to attend a high school dance with a same-sex date? Better bring a note from your parents
What if we voted on issues?
"They booed the results of their vote. They were upset that they had voted for the 'wrong guy'."
Russian TV broadcasts siege video: [BBC link: RealPlayer/RealAlternative/Windows MPC] SFW
Unknown provenance of footage, but clearly genuine. Terrorist uses 'Dead Man's Brake' switch on a bomb, also shots of Hoop Bombs'. Beware: NewsFilter
Possibly 1,000 Hostages taken
at Russian School
. Earlier reports were 350, but an anonymous report claims total is much larger. So far more than one dozen hostages have been killed.
In a series of essays at Slate (1
) a journalist in his mid-20s lightheartedly recounts the experience of escorting a 17-year-old girl to her high-school prom (purely for journalistic purposes, it's worth noting). Posters at Slate's reader discussion forum, in spite of its supremely cumbersome interface
, express their strong (and not always coherent) disapproval, based mostly on the age difference between the author and his prom date. The author of the essays responds
: "As the film critic Richard Roeper (who is much older, and much more influential than myself) pointed out in Esquire recently, this is indeed a strange cultural moment, one made all the stranger by the fact that we're not supposed to admit [it] actually exists."
I'm not the biggest fan of journalists who engage in seemingly socially taboo behavior for the sole purpose of writing an article, but this made for interesting reading nonetheless.
Arkansas Governor's School
, one of over 100
"Governor's Schools," starts today. The program is going in to its 24th year despite years
of controversy over
"With his blue ox, Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman traveled across young America . . .
and helped the nation grow into the angry powerhouse it is today." End of the year (2000), pressure from Mr. Farlow to take the class seriously and pick a real poet, Honors Student has 15 cups of coffee and cranks out a masterpiece . . .
Not Walt Whitman
Anyone have any information on teacher, student, or their subsequent careers?
There are goofy news items every day, but once in a while you have some story that transcends them all. Teacher accused of ordering student thrown from window
is quite possibly the silliest story I've seen this year. It's beyond the Onion. Teacher enters class and takes photo of students, one student objects, teacher makes a disparaging remark about the way the student looks and student hits an emergency button, then the teacher orders two boys to throw her out the window (where she suffered injuries). Best line about the boys "they threw the girl out the window because they did not want to be written up for disobeying a teacher."
Bellevue school bans hats, hoods...
In order to curtail unproven
gang activity, Interlake High School has banned baseball caps, and the wearing of hoods, stemming from alleged gang involvement on the part of a few students. The faculty "believes" there to be gang actvity, and we all know that gangs require hooded-sweatshirt / ballcap uniforms, or you're out... Gang members can usually be singled out due to their poor fashion taste, but it has nothing to do with how they joined. This must be more of that freedom we North Americans seems to endorse so much...
Go to school and do nothing.
The Sudbury approach to learning is one in which the kids can do whatever they want. Literally. Want to play games all day? Fine. Want to read comics all day? Fine. Want to watch movies? Fine.
From the FAQ:
What happens if a student doesn't do anything?
It is actually impossible to do nothing. I think what most people are concerned about is students doing what looks like nothing; for example playing video games, playing magic cards, reading all day, etc. The truth is that everything the students do has value. Take video games for example; this "teaches" reading skills, social skills, the ability to concentrate and focus, and, depending on the game, history, strategy, math or science.
Is this a good way to educate kids?
Georgia considers banning 'evolution'
OUTSTANDING! Nice work guys. Meet the new south, same as the old south?
DSC - Deep Spring College
is a prestigious all-male (currently) college almost nobody has heard of. It consists of only 26 students and was founded by Lucien Lucius Nunn
in 1917. The average SAT score is 1500. There is no tuition; instead the students physically work
for their education. It is located on an isolated ranch in Deep Springs Valley
and the only way there is a two hour greyhound bus ride that stops at the Cottontail Ranch Brothel
, followed by a one hour ride on the college's own transportation. Anyone interested in attending?