Category:
Education

Streakers Unmasked

A rare case of an exciting, full-contact economics class. Rita Balaban, a senior lecturer in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, knew there was a school tradition of classes being disrupted by masked streakers. So when it happened to her — three masked streakers rushing into her classroom — she was "mentally prepared." She said, "To me, it was a no-brainer. It was like, you're coming right at me. This is too easy. I grab the one guy's mask and just -- pfsh! -- pulled it right off, no problem! The other guy wasn't so easy. He dragged me out into the hall." [inside higher ed]

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 05, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Education, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

Your Life Work:  The Librarian



"Are books your friends?"

I don't believe the information sciences are much like this anymore.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 18, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Education, Books, 1940s

Empty Tank, Empty Head

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Original article here.

Her obituary, curiously enough, makes no mention of this brush with fame.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 13, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: Education, 1980s, Cars, Brain Damage

Follies of the Madmen #231

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 11, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Education, 1970s

Buttleopener forces resignation


Mark Gregory invented the Buttleopener, which is a bottle opener shaped like a woman's buttocks. Gregory also served as a member of the Williamson County school board in Tennessee, recently rising to become chairman. But the two aspects of his life (buttleopener inventor and school board chairman) have proven to be incompatible. Gregory recently resigned his position as chairman, bowing to pressure from parents who really, really didn't want him involved with the school board. [rawstory.com]

Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 05, 2014 - Comments (11)
Category: Education, Inventions, School

Lunchroom Manners

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 27, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Education, Food, PSA’s, Children, 1950s

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 - Tue Aug 05, 2014 - Comments (12)
Category: Education, Languages, 1970s

English for Dirty Houses



I'm never inviting this woman to my house again!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 07, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Domestic, Education, Languages

That’s One Way To Do It

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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 - Wed Mar 26, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Education

Malibu High



Trailer is safe for work. Whole film assuredly not.



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

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