Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Verizon Math Fail

February 5, 2009

I’m glad this guy recorded this.

Courtesy of Mikey.  I’m now rewarding him with .0005 Chum Bucks.

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Zero Tolerance Policy on Display: Boy Suspended for Using Broken Pencil Sharpener

September 11, 2008

Boy suspended for using broken pencil sharpener

“We’re always going to do something to make sure the child understands the seriousness of having something that could potentially harm another student, but we’re going to be reasonable,” he said.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND — A 10-year-old boy here has been suspended from school for having something most students carry in their supply boxes: a pencil sharpener.

The problem was his sharpener had broken, but he decided to use it anyway.

A teacher at Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary School noticed the boy had what appeared to be a small razor blade during class on Tuesday, according to a Beaufort County sheriff’s report.

It was obvious that the blade was the metal insert commonly found in a child’s small, plastic pencil sharpener, the deputy noted.

The boy — a fourth-grader described as a well-behaved and good student — cried during the meeting with his mom, the deputy and the school’s assistant principal.

He had no criminal intent in having the blade at school, the sheriff’s report stated, but was suspended for at least two days and could face further disciplinary action.

District spokesman Randy Wall said school administrators are stuck in the precarious position between the district’s zero tolerance policy against having weapons at school and common sense.

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Associate Superintendent: Kids main focus in school should be learning not “dropping it like it’s hot.”

September 4, 2008

Peoria, Illinois school District 150 is proposing a plan to ban high school students from activities like dances and attending sporting events if a student is failing any of his or her “core courses.” The best part about the whole scene is District 150 Associate Superintendent Herschel Hannah’s comments to the school board, which voted unanimously approved the idea.

“Until we emphasize that academic achievement is what we want our kids to be about . . . only then will they get to perform at their highest level,” Hannah said. “When students know that their core business is learning and not dribbling the basketball, it’s not throwing the football, it’s not hitting the ball, it’s not dancing, it’s not ‘dropping it like it’s hot,’ their core business is learning, and until we stand on that and demand that, we won’t get it.”

Remember kids, it’s this:

Before this:

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UK Education advisor: Drop “middle class” subjects like history, science, and geography. Instead, get to learnin’ about debt management and

June 5, 2008

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Because in an increasingly global, technological-driven economy, who needs to learn science or geography? The UK sets the bar high for us here across the pond. Read this provided you graduated from a school that actually had the dreaded “s” word: standards.