A Message to Parents in Greenville, Virginia

Readers of this blog have presumably heard the news about a small number of parents in Greenville, Virginia who complained and threatened to pull their children out from school because children were learning about world religions, and one activity involved trying to imitate the calligraphy in which the Arabic statement of faith was written on the worksheet. [Read More…]

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Demonized Water

It sounds like the opposite of holy water. But it is presumably just a typo. Can you figure out what the student meant to write? Via Reddit. [Read more…]

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Quote for the Start of Semester

The quote from Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, comes from an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Wikipedia Founder Discourages Academic Use of His Creation.” The same can be said of the dictionary – I find it hard to believe that I get students starting essays with “Webster’s Dictionary defines…” – or worse still, [Read More…]

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Amelia Bedelia and the Sinister Buttocks

Wikipedia has been making headlines again. If you haven’t seen it yet, read the article about how someone as a student edited the Wikipedia entry about Amelia Bedelia as a prank, only to encounter it tweeted as fact years later. The second part of the title of this post comes from an article about the tendency [Read More…]

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Avoiding Recurring Nightmares

Via Rachel Held Evans, I learned of this recent XKCD comic: Instead of having these nightmares, you can actually avoid them by taking some simple steps while a student: Read the syllabus. Put deadlines into an electronic calendar like Outlook, and put a reminder alert scheduled for as long before that deadline as you need, [Read More…]

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Why Nero Was Infamous: A Student’s Perspective

This is the first really funny statement on a student assignment this semester. It occurs in close proximity with what I assume is an unintentional pun. Enjoy! Caesar Nero was infamously known for a few actions: idly watching Rome ablaze in the great fire of 64, blaming the Christians for the fire and destruction, and [Read More…]

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