Tag Archives: education

19 Feb 2010
I C U

This is why I keep a PostIt over the lens of built-in cameras. Cory Doctorow says: According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools’ administrators, who […]

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25 Aug 2009
Is the sky falling?

How many of the 12 questions in The Science Knowledge Quiz can you get right? Go ahead and try it now — it’s quick and easy. For more detailed and statistically sound analysis, check out Science and Engineering Indicators 2008, which I posted about last year. It states “[…] many Americans do not reliably distinguish […]

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13 May 2008
The Wizard

“You’ve been accused of wizardry.” Now that’s what I call a whopper of a career-ending phone call. According to Presto! Teacher Out Of A Job, Piculas (the teacher) claims this is the result of a student being traumatized by a simple magic trick, using a toothpick and transparent tape, which Piculas demonstrated and showed the […]

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17 Apr 2008
Implicative Indicia

The statistics at Science and Engineering Indicators 2008 are disturbing. Here are some sample questions, and the percentage of correct answers (1864 adults, in 2006): 45% – Lasers work by focusing sound waves. (False) 56% – Antibiotics kill viruses as well as bacteria. (False) 76% – Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does […]

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