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Lunchroom Manners

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 27, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Education, Food, PSA's, Children, 1950's

Latin Valediction

Back in 1978, Lidia Mostovy was chosen to deliver the valedictory address at the 99th commencement of Frank H. Morrell High School, so she decided to give it in Latin. Her speech began: "Olim Alexander Magnus dixit: 'Meis parentibus vitam debeo, meis magistris, vitam bonam.'"

She explained that she "wanted to add dignity to the graduation exercises and... draw attention to the high school's Latin program. 'A lot of people ask why take Latin — you're not going to use it. So now I will.'"

Source: The Ukrainian Weekly - June 25, 1978 (page 11).

Since I took Latin throughout high school, and even participated in our high school's Latin play, I'm sympathetic to what she did. And I guess it probably wasn't any more or less boring than any other high school valediction, just because no one could understand it.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Aug 05, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Education, Languages, 1970's

English for Dirty Houses

I'm never inviting this woman to my house again!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 07, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Domestic, Education, Languages

That’s One Way To Do It

With just a little ingenuity and knowledge about the kids it is still possible to keep order in the classroom. One well read math teacher in France came up with a real gem that seems to be working for him. Having read all the books in the series he informed the class that he would post 'Game of Thrones' spoilers if order was not maintained. Afterwards there was what one student described as a "religious silence". Well done sir, well done!
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Mar 25, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Education

Malibu High

Trailer is safe for work. Whole film assuredly not.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 14, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Education, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Sexuality, Teenagers, 1970's

Anti-Cheating Hats

What desperate Chinese teachers are resorting to nowadays. The hats would also make a great fashion statement outside school. [via]

And here's what seems to be an American version of these hats (though the picture looks a little photoshopped):

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Aug 26, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Education, Headgear

Baths, and How to Take Them


Entire small pamphlet here. Learn what you've been doing wrong.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 02, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Body, Education, Hygiene, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Nineteenth Century

McGyver Emergency Power plus two bonus hacks!!

When you need power and can't get it -- remember this hack.

Some other cool stuff at the website:



There are even instructions (in two parts) on how to build your own AC stick-welder from an old microwave.

Let's Weld!! (Horseshoe puzzle at the end)

I love what you can learn on the internet!!
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Tue Apr 30, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Education

Interstate Poultry School


"Interstate poultry husbandry?" That could get you ten to twenty years in prison nowadays!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 17, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Agriculture, Animals, Education, 1920's

Pistol-packing Teacher


I'm very proud this incident is part of my home state's history.

From The New York Times for January 12, 1923.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 15, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension, Education, 1920's, Alcohol
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