The Lake Wobegon Effect – All Our High School Graduates are "Above Average".

“Students expect, from their high school experience, to be told exactly what is required to receive a particular grade. They expect to be given ‘study guides’ before exams that lead them by the hand through the material that is likely to appear on the exam. And they expect tests and courses to be graded by ‘rubrics’ that assign a fixed number of points for the completion of each item assigned.…

Seven Heroes, Seven Faiths

“The grieving are calling out to Jesus–and God and HaShem and Krishna. They are chanting passages from the New Testament, the Torah, Unitarian readings, and the Vedas.| The crew of Columbia represents an extraordinary variety of faith traditions: Kalpana Chawla – Hindu William McCool – Roman Catholic Ilan Ramon – Jewish Rick Husband – Charismatic Laurel Clark – Unitarian David Brown – Episcopalian Michael Anderson – Baptist “This is just…

Beam Me out of This Deathtrap, Scotty: 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … Goodbye, Columbia

“Once you get into space, you check to see if any tiles are damaged. If enough are, you have a choice between Plan A and Plan B. Plan A is hope they can get a rescue shuttle up in time. Plan B is burn up coming back. | But let’s not worry about the tiles. The tiles should be okay. They’re certainly spending enough time on them. So once you…