Captain Hook, where are you?

January 31, 2011

Workers at a Ukrainian aquarium didn’t believe it when a visitor said a crocodile swallowed her phone. Then the reptile started ringing. The accident in the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk sounds a bit like “Peter Pan,” in which a crocodile happily went “tick-tock” after gulping down an alarm clock, says an article in the San […]

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Sexting stats come in lower

January 29, 2011

A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics is the first to make an educated guess at how common the practice of sexting is among teens. Its conclusion: not as common as many parents and educators might think because of widespread reporting on the trend, legal actions against some who engage in it and, in some cases, […]

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No Name-Calling Week

January 24, 2011

No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a young adult novel entitled “The Misfits” by popular author, James Howe. The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation/gender expression.

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Editing or Censorship?

January 17, 2011

The recent hullabaloo concerning the revision of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemons) novels Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer is an interesting conversation about revisionist history and political correctness. The idea that editing out politically incorrect terms of today is the right thing to do is fascinating. Yes, times change. Yes, language used in past eras isn’t […]

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To Tenure or Not To Tenure

January 10, 2011

A recent Associated Press-Stanford University poll found that 78 percent think it should be easier for school administrators to fire poorly performing teachers. Yet overall, the public wants to reward teachers — 57 percent say they are paid too little, with just 7 percent believing they are overpaid and most of the rest saying they’re […]

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