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Of course, students already know how to read the highly emotional and symbolic language of television. They learned it informally by clocking in an average of 5000 hours in front of the set before they reach school age — the same amount of time it takes to jet around the world 148 times, or orbit the moon 30 times. But just because students are sitting slack-jawed and motionless in front…

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# Dinky Pluto loses its status as planet

“It’s disappointing in a way, and confusing,” said Patricia Tombaugh, the 93-year-old widow of Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh. “I don’t know just how you handle it. It kind of sounds like I just lost my job,” she said from Las Cruces, N.M. “But I understand science is not something that just sits there. It goes on. Clyde finally said before he died, ‘It’s there. Whatever it is. It is there.’”…

# Going Solo

The computer was how I wrote! My attachment was dangerous as it now threatened to derail my progress on numerous projects, not the least of which was a manuscript I hoped to finish editing by the end of August. Losing time seemed impossible. I had to push through and figure out a way to adapt, to change the way I was working. I had to challenge my fixed thinking about…

# New Evidence Calls PDK School Choice Poll into Question

PDK Question (n=500) “Do you favor or oppose allowing students and parents to choose a private school to attend at public expense?” Results: 37% Favor 55% Oppose 5% Neither Favor or Oppose 2% Don’t Know/Refused Adjusted Question (n=500) “Do you favor or oppose allowing students and parents to choose any school, public or private, to attend using public funds?? Results: 60% Favor 33% Oppose 5% Neither Favor or Oppose 2%…

# 3.14159/Pi

Jenny Jenny, you should know better; This is not just another Greek letter. It’s a term that relates two important parameters; If you know the circumference, you can find the diameter. Jenny, you need this number; You should keep it in mind. Jenny, plug in this number: Three point one four one five nine. (Three point one four one five nine.) Three point one four one five nine. (Three point…

# Mindset List for the Class of 2009

1. Andy Warhol, Liberace, Jackie Gleason, and Lee Marvin have always been dead. 2. They don’t remember when “cut and paste” involved scissors. —Mindset List for the Class of 2009 (Beloit College) Always worth a read.