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July 19, 2007

Dutch Kids Help Build Viking Ship Made Of Ice Cream Sticks

Ice cream stick ship set to sail A Viking sailing ship, made in the Netherlands from 5 million recycled ice cream sticks with the help of 5,000 school children, is ready for the high seas. Click here to see close-ups.

July 19, 2007

Louisiana Gives Teacher Mercedes Benz

Thanks to a friend for passing this one to me. They really know how to do things down there, I guess. Louisiana Department of Education Post Office Box 94064 | Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9064 | 1-877-453-2721 | Fax: (225) 342-0193 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: 7/16/2007 Contact: Me...

July 18, 2007

What To Do When The N-Word Just Slips Out

What to do if you happen to use the n-word during a board meeting? Resign, I guess. (R.I. School Official Resigns After Slur AP). Meanwhile, educators in New Mexico found out they won't get in trouble from the feds for a high school racism project that labeled water fountains "Whites Only" and, q...

July 17, 2007

Happy 47th Anniversary, Etch-A-Sketch

The Etch-A-Sketch was invented 47 years ago last week, according to my new favorite site, How Things Work, which includes a history, information on what's inside and how the things work, and some examples of fancy sketches that people have made. And apparently the gizmo is still appealing to some k...

July 17, 2007

Accidents: Yet Another Reason To Get Rid Of Summer Break

As if there we needed any more reasons to get rid of the long summer break, US News reports that summertime is downright dangerous to children, spiking to more than 2.4 million ER visits (and 2100 deaths) each year and that only with increased diligence can injuries be avoided (12 Ways to Childproof...

July 11, 2007

The Water Gun Wars

Anyone dealing with kids this summer is probably dealing with water -- water balloons, water bottles, water guns. Here, Slate takes the time to rate the water guns that are out there, most of which are are far cry from the puny translucent pistols some of us may remember from long ago: Scouting out...

July 05, 2007

Short Vay-K For St. Louis Area Students

Summer vay-k* is getting shorter and shorter for some St. Louis area students, according to this story (For St. Louis, School Begins in the Middle of August): "This week, fireworks and hotdogs. Next week, shopping for school supplies....Classes start as soon as Aug. 13 in some local schools...Stude...

July 02, 2007

This Is How We Roll

Before the belated invention of wheeled bags, folks used to tie their bags and boxes to chrome wheelies with bungee cords. (Remember, back in the days when only nerds hooked their backpacks over both shoulders?) In the years since, teachers, and then kids, have been using wheeled backpacks and brie...

June 29, 2007

¡Ask a Mexican!

Some people love The Mexican. Some hate him. But no one can deny his word is spreading. Two years since I last blogged about him (Only Gringos Call Gringos Gringos, Gabacho), he's in two dozen alternative weeklies and has a book coming out. As this NYT article describes (The Mexican Will See You ...

June 28, 2007

Online Bullying Goes Big Time, Depending How You Define It

One in three teens report being cyber-bullied, according to a recent study -- most commonly by having private emails forwarded by someone else or shared publicly as form of harassment or embarassment.

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