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Naïve Teacher Believes In Her Students

“Teenagers need to be engaged as equals, not talked down to,” Niles said, scrubbing the words “Miss Niles is a kunt” from the surface of her desk. “A heavy-handed approach takes the joy out of learning. Some teachers give out detention, but I praise my students for the times they don’t skip class, rather than dwell on the days they do.” A recent graduate of the George Washington University education…

Good news! You can go home again

Yes, graduates, as much as you love your Mom and Dad, you’re realistic enough to understand, deep down inside, that they are the two most annoying human beings on the planet. And so the time will come — I give it six weeks — when you realize that you can no longer continue living with them. And so you will summon your courage, take a deep breath, and ask them…

HHGG Interview with Myself

“When Zaphod first comes out of the temple and is approached by well wishers, the banana alien on the mole-horse needs to replace the multi-headed groupie.” You just don’t get notes like this every day. –Kerry Kirkpatrick –HHGG Interview with Myself  (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy [Official Blog])

If you want good information, ask around – a lot

“Under the right circumstances,” Surowiecki argues, “groups are remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them.” For evidence, he cites how groups have been used to find lost submarines, correct the spread on a sporting event, locate a Web page, even predict the president of the United States. So why aren’t we using groups more? Well, for one, crowds have a pretty bad rep. –John Freeman…

Children's roundabout solves the water problem in remote areas

Traditional sources of water collection are from dams, springs, rivers, streams and farm reservoirs, with the introduction of boreholes where these traditional sources of water are unavailable. Until now such boreholes have been operated by handpumps as the use of modern alternatives such as diesel, petrol or electric pumps are costly to install and have the concomitant constant financial burden of fuel and maintenance costs. –Children’s roundabout solves the water…

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'Plagiarist' to sue university

A student who admits plagiarising his way through his three-year degree course plans to sue his university for negligence after he was caught out on the day before his final exam. Michael Gunn was told by the University of Kent at Canterbury earlier this month that a routine review of his English literature degree coursework “has revealed extensive plagiarism from internet sources”. –‘Plagiarist’ to sue university (Times Higher Education Supplement) “It’s…

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Being Lara Croft, or, We Are All Sci Fi

Should you happen to find yourself captivated watching slender Lara bound lithely through Tomb Raider’s dark, moist-looking caverns, you will do so without quite forgetting that Lara is, in a sense, you. Like the stranded Marine in Doom, the progenitor of first-person shooters, Lara awaits your input before she makes her decisions. Lara and Doom’s Marine both look where you look, and their bodies intrude on the screen to stand…

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Online Weblog Leads To Firing

A social studies office worker said she was fired this week after administrators discovered provocative posts in her online journal, including threats to fellow workers and superiors. –Leon Neyfakh –Online Weblog Leads To Firing (Harvard Crimson) An online weblog… as opposed to some other kind of weblog, such as an offline weblog, which, according to the article, the weblog in question appears to be.

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Fla. Woman, 90, Receives H.S. Diploma

She now has 81 grandchildren and great-grandchildren to hear her schoolgirl tales, but the end of the story always troubled her. So after outliving three husbands and letting seven decades pass since her last high school class, Babson decided it was time to go back to school. –Jill Barton –Fla. Woman, 90, Receives H.S. Diploma (MyWay/AP) Great suggestion, Rosemary.