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Ebola News Coverage as Educational as Shark Week

I should have expected the exploitative nature of news coverage concerning Ebola. I don’t know why I thought the news media would offer an educational experience. Offerings on television and … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

Kill the Music: Students Must Read, Write, Do Math

This weekend’s Wall Street Journal featured a well-intentioned piece, “A Musical Fix For U.S. Schools,” which took up nearly 3/4 of a page with a huge accompanying photograph of a … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

“Embracing” the News from All Sources: Relax, It Won’t Kill You

I have a good friend who listens to Rush Limbaugh every day for too long.  Of course some of us would say that to meet this limit should not take … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fox News to Hire Fat and Ugly Women, O’Reilly Undergoing Hormone Treatments

In an announcement that shocked even the last reader of Victoria’s Secret catalogs alive, Brian Kilmeade, Fox News announced that it is going to do a booty-reset, which entails the … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sometimes It’s All About What We Leave Out

In his New York Times column today, David Brooks examines a Lewis Mumford essay from 1940. Brooks also writes of “Those who threaten civilization — Stalin then, Putin and ISIS now” and … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

Nude Adult Models, William Bennett, Common Core, Rotten Teachers, Apples, Robert Frost

I had originally begun politely with a news hook quoting William J. Bennett on the common core, and will return to it, but as things are in our society, I … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Papa John’s Pizza Plot: Heimlich Maneuver Needed for Schools, Parents and Students

When I read on a colleague’s Facebook account that her son wanted to dress as a Papa John’s slice of pizza, after someone from Papa John’s had visited his elementary … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why Educators and Students Don’t Need the Apple iPhone 6 and Plus or XYZ

The launch of the new Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is big in every way if you count numbers. Orders in the first 24 hours are said to … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

It’s Okay to be a Thug in College–If You Play Football

If I have to hear one more mention of the name Winston, anything about crab legs, including jokes that are not funny, or the latest, while I was trying to … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Online Education: The Great American Class Divider

Here we go again.  And there’s more.  Corinthian Colleges, after having dashed any academic hopes of its students, is now also accused of predatory lending.  That the wake and fiasco … Continue reading

September 20, 2014 · 6 Comments
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