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Kids Rap About Science, Somehow Don’t Look Like Total Nerdburgers

David Smothers June 29, 2013

Apparently the GZA is on to something*, rapping helps kids learn. As part of the same program started by Dr. Chris Emdin of Columbia University’s Teachers College, these ninth graders are learning all about science by rapping ionic bond with gauge bosons. It’s working, and now I want to watch kids rap about mitochondria all… Continue Reading »

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Tennessee’s Terrifying New Plan to Punish the Families of Underperforming Kids

David Smothers April 1, 2013

Tennessee. What’s up, friend? Quick question: How can the state that houses the happiest place on earth, aka Dollywood, be so fucking daft? According to KnoxNews, Tennessee legislators are attempting to pass legislation to cut the welfare benefits of parents with children who don’t meet attendance and performance requirements. The bill, SB 132, is sponsored by Sen…. Continue Reading »

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How California’s Online Education Pilot Will End College As We Know It

David Smothers January 15, 2013

Today, the largest university system in the world, the California State University system, announced a pilot for $150 lower-division online courses at one of its campuses — a move that spells the end of higher education as we know it. Lower-division courses are the financial backbone of many part-time faculty and departments (especially the humanities). As someone who… Continue Reading »

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Skyping Spain in Elementary Music/Spanish Class

David Smothers January 11, 2013

Last month, the Spanish teacher and I worked together to have our second grade skype another second grade class in Spain. The Spanish teacher set this up with a teacher from Spain. The children in Spain wanted to sing and ask questions during the Skype interview so the Spanish teacher asked if our students could… Continue Reading »

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