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Mommie Dearest: How Not To Get Suspended

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It’s back-to-school time for everybody from preschoolers to college students and you can’t throw a No. 2 pencil without hitting some advice on promoting academic success. Create routine! Eat properly! Get enough sleep! These are all well-intentioned suggestions we hear repeatedly. But I’m here to offer up one more nugget of educational guidance:

Don’t get suspended.

Sounds logical, and probably rather obvious, but what’s not so obvious are all the reasons that might cause you to be suspended this upcoming school year***: Keep reading »

Teacher Suspended Over Ferguson Shooting ‘Skit’

Teacher Suspended Over Ferguson Shooting Skit

An Alabama teacher has been suspended without pay after a lesson this week that had parents fuming. An unidentified female teacher at Selma’s Brantley Elementary was discussing current affairs with her sixth-grade class when a student brought up the Michael Brown shooting, the superintendent tells the Selma-Times Journal. That’s when the teacher reportedly told students to research the shooting, including where each bullet hit Brown, before the class re-enacted the event in what one parent calls an “absurd” skit, per the New York Daily News—though it isn’t clear if the teacher was the one to suggest that idea. Read More On Newser…

Did You Have A Senior Prank? (Hopefully One Less Illegal Than The Prank In Teaneck)

By now you’ve heard about the 63 students who were arrested at Teaneck High School in New Jersey for a senior prank that veered off-course into straight-up vandalism. Nearly one-fifth of the senior class broke into the school overnight on Wednesday to pee on the floors, smear petroleum jelly on doorknobs, overturn chairs and desks, and leave raw eggs and hot dogs scattered about. These geniuses set off an alarm at 2 a.m. and got busted by police. Now the parents pranksters are facing criminal mischief and burglary charges, which could possibly effect potential scholarships. This reminded me of an aborted senior prank some girl in my class tried. She got caught stealing the janitor’s keys (what she intended to do with them, I don’t know) and got suspended. She had been accepted into Columbia University and when they heard about her prank, they rescinded her offer. No one really felt bad for her because it was hella dumb.

Did any Frisky readers have a senior prank? How did it go? Did you get caught? What happened? [NorthJersey.com] [Image of a dunce via Shutterstock]

This Student Got Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

This Student Got Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

Kwasi Enin, a 17-year-old from Long Island, has a whole lot of options for his college career. This time of year usually brings handwringing for high school students as decision letters from universities roll in, but not for Enin. He was accepted to all eight schools in the Ivy League and now has his pick between Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Yale and Penn.

Enin intends to become a doctor one day and would also like to study music. He ranks 11th in his high school class and scored a 2250 on his SAT. He’s taken 11 AP classes and volunteers at a local hospital. He even finds time to sing in his school’s a cappella group! The first-generation Ghanaian’s parents are both nurses, and Enin says financial aid will be key in helping him decide where to enroll — he has until May 1 to choose a school. Keep reading »

RIP Society: Lunch Lady Paid Students To Beat Up A Fourth-Grader

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A former lunchroom aide at an elementary school in Grand Rapids, Michigan, pleaded guilty to paying a student $1 to have a fourth-grade classmate beat up.  Brooke Wilson-Johnson, age 19, offered a dollar to three students to hurt the fourth-grader because he disobeyed her instructions and called her a “pregnant bitch.” Thankfully, the student didn’t suffer any injuries, but he was “pushed, bumped, thrown out of a seat, and and had his food taken.” Yet still, the imagery of any child being bullied makes my heart wrench.   Keep reading »

College Courses On “Downton Abbey” Include Tea And Scones

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Stuck in a senioritis rut? Would a class on “Downton Abbey” make you stop texting during a lecture? Camden County College in New Jersey is now offering a course called “Downton Abbey: Life In A Country House.” At first I wanted to laugh, but it actually sounds really interesting. The course covers things like “The Inheritance Problem: Marriage, Women And Property” and “Technology Intrudes: Lights, Phones And Cars.” Surprisingly, this isn’t the only “Downton”-focused college class available: Oakland University in Michigan also offers a course which meets at Meadow Brook Hall, a country-style house built in 1928. Students taking “The World of Downton Abbey: Revolution, Rebellion And Re-Creation” get to snack on scones and tea during class. But one important question: will they learn how to give a well-timed withering insult a la the Dowager Countess? [Vanity FairDetroit Free Press]

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