Posts tagged "school"

Someone Gave Middle School Students Fifty Shades-Inspired Word Searches

Whoops: Someone in a Pennsylvania middle school gave students a Fifty Shades of Grey-themed word search puzzle to bring home this past Monday. Very few details are available about it at this point, but we’re given to believe that it was, in fact, a teacher who handed out the word search. Parents complained at…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 11, 2015

A Few Theories On Why Kylie Jenner Dropped Out Of Home School

Youngest Kardashian-Jenner kid and teal-haired unicorn Kylie Jenner has dropped out of home school in order to focus on building her personal brand and making money, according to reports by Radar. This move was allegedly supported by Mom of The Year Kris Jenner, who firmly believes each of her babies is destined…
By: Megan Reynolds / January 22, 2015

RIP Society: This Elementary School Took Away A Blind Boy’s Cane And Gave Him A Pool Noodle Instead

Nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like taking away a blind child's cane and replacing it with a pool noodle. At least, that's what one elementary school in Kansas City thought. After an eight-year-old blind boy, Dakota Nafzinger, was reprimanded by his bus driver for hitting another student with his cane, the driver took away Dakota'…
By: Katie Oldenburg / December 18, 2014

Life After Dating: Loving A Grad Student Without Going Insane

"Be prepared for a breakup about three weeks from now." That was the relationship advice I got from a girl in her second year of my boyfriend's graduate program, just before he started the first semester of his MFA in creative writing. She had reason to be cynical: grad school means a convoluted class schedule,…
By: Camille Guillot / December 16, 2014

The Soapbox: Dissent Belongs In The Classroom

Driving home with my 16-year-old son this week, I asked him if any of his teachers had led a discussion regarding recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. He told me that it hadn’t come up. I pressed a little bit harder—not in AP US History? Not in sophomore English? Nope. I then asked him why he…
By: Jess Burnquist / December 5, 2014

Meet Caroline: The Coolest Copy Editor To Ever Grace A College Campus

Call me crazy, but I feel like Caroline and I are destined to be best friends. A current student who's looking for some extra cash money, Caroline is offering her services as a copywriter to any of her peers who need their papers "not to suck." One…
By: Katie Oldenburg / November 5, 2014

4 Reasons I Want/Need To Learn Spanish

All right, that’s it, I’m done, I have to learn Spanish. Je peux lire le français et parler un peu, so while I’d like to brush up on it to be fully fluent, I could get by in French-speaking countries. But my one year of Intensive Spanish in high school is no longer cutting it.
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 19, 2014

Mommie Dearest: How Not To Get Suspended

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…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 5, 2014

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…
By: Newser / August 22, 2014

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,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2014

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 betwee…
By: Claire Hannum / April 2, 2014

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

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…
By: Claire Hannum / March 18, 2014

College Courses On “Downton Abbey” Include Tea And Scones

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…
By: Claire Hannum / October 6, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Don’t Turn Public School Vs. Private School Into A Battle In The Mommy Wars

This week, many kids, including my own, are headed back to school. And, like anything parenting-related, school brings along with it its own heaping pile of judgement. What school do you send your child to? Public? Private? Charter? Or do you homeschool or unschool? Regardless of what might work best for your…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 6, 2013

High School Bans “Revealing” Cheerleading Uniforms From Class But Makes Girls Wear Them to Games

Can we talk about high school sports uniforms for a second? Specifically the uniforms for teenage girls? A community in Florida is in a tizzy at the moment after the school banned cheerleaders from wearing their uniforms to class -- because they don't meet the dress code. Turns out it's perfectly OK for the girl…
By: The Stir / August 27, 2013

25 Reasons College Is Not At All Like Real Life

Ah, college. I remember the first day like it happened yesterday. The smell of new paint covering beer-stained dorm room walls. The RAs' stale greetings in matching neon shirts and Sharpie'd name tags. Awkward, passing smiles from strange hallmates trailed by nervous parents. Hellish name games and forced social bonding. Little did I know that…
By: Alyson Penn / August 11, 2013

Wear This, Not That: What To Put On To Go To Class

When you're in college, it's easy to forget that it's not perfectly acceptable to wear your pajamas everywhere. People are doing it, so it must be okay, right? Wrong. So, so, wrong. You're a semi-adult. Get your life together and put on a regular pair of pants, with an actual waist. College classes do count…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 9, 2013

UPDATE: A Questionable School Dress Code Bans Afro-Puffs

UPDATE, 4:45p.m.: Via Jezebel, Horizon Science Academy has posted an apology on their web site and said it will "correct the information" in its dress code, as well as send out an updated version. [HorizonLorain.org] School dress codes are generally a great thing for kids. The mission statement of the…
By: Mary Odell / June 24, 2013

China Says Bras Can Help You Cheat?

Things I wish I knew in high school: my bra was a clandestine cheating machine. I wore those AAs every single day, but somehow its stealthy secrets eluded my wide-eyed naivety. Alas, “education chiefs” (not sure exactly what those are) in northeast China have outsmarted adolescent girls yet again. They’re nipping our deceitful ways in the…
By: Alyson Penn / June 9, 2013

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Opens Elementary School In Haiti

Who says sororities are all about boozing and boys? On June 15, Delta Theta Sorority Inc. will open an elementary school, the Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre Campus in the remote Haitian village of Chérette. Since Chérette is located about 96 miles from the Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, children there do not have access to a proper education or…
By: Mary Odell / June 7, 2013
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