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Ala Schoolhouse Rock and Jim Treacher.


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What an incredibly stupid lawsuit:

Lawsuit Claim: Students’ Lecture Notes Infringe on Professor’s Copyright | Threat Level from Wired.com

The textbook company and the Professor are scared to death that eeeevil students are going to steal their precious knowledge. I assume they also require the students to sign an NDA before attending classes (that’s a joke, I think.)

Here’s a news flash for both of them: If your students can pass your class by buying someone else’s lecture notes online, then you are useless. And you deserve to be circumvented, because you’re really just wasting everyone’s time and money.

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Not too bad, but not as good as I’d have liked. I dispute one of the
answers (hanged/hung). A few of the others I got wrong were silly mistakes I always make with me/I and farther/further. The others were questions
where more than one choice was correct, and I didn’t realize that, so at least
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Banning American flags?

School systems often seem to live in a bureaucratic mirror universe, where logic and reason have no meaning. Here’s a perfect example. Skyline High School in Colorado is banning the American flag because they’re afraid it might incide violence. They’re actually hassling students over t-shirts and flags inside cars. And some other schools are now doing the same thing. That’s quite possibly the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of. This is exactly the wrong lesson for kids to be learning.

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First-Grade Felon

Everyone stand back! He’s got a butter knife!

And school district wants the parents to be grateful because they didn’t expel him.

Every time something stupid like this happens the administrators inevitably cop out and claim their hands are tied. So I’m wondering, if schools insist on rules so stringent, inflexible, and mechanically implied that no human interpretation is required or allowed, then why do they keep paying the school administrators? There’s obviously nothing left for them to do.

via today’s Best of the Web

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Verboten at Bucknell

If you’re a student at Bucknell University then, whatever you do, don’t say these two forbidden words.

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Getting rid of tenure

An interesting article via VodkaPundit:
Abolish tenure to make professors more accountable.

Churchill and his professorial colleagues are beneficiaries of the most ironclad protection for mountebanks, incompetents and sluggards ever devised. It’s called tenure.

To fire a tenured professor requires a legal battle that can make the Clinton impeachment seem like a small-claims dispute. Even if there is clear evidence of wrongdoing, professors are entitled to endless procedural safeguards against being fired.

I can’t help but agree. Tenure, like many other union firing protections, may sound good in theory. But in practice I think it does far more harm than good.

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