Mermaid School Is Real and Great For Your Health

The first time I realized that some people wanted to be mermaids is when I read a (probably deleted) Yahoo question that asked "How can I turn into a mermaid? Serious replies ONLY!" and included the fact that a water spell had not worked for the user. I hope she's reading this post, because now she (and you) can turn… » 7/29/14 9:40am Tuesday 9:40am

Teacher's Sweet Viral Letter to Kids Lists the 'Many Ways to Be Smart'

I hope you're ready to deal with a big wet face right now, because this story IS MEGA ROUGH ON THE CRY-BONES. A primary school in Lancashire, UK, sent home a letter with students' test scores, explaining that tests only measure a very narrow set of skills, while the value of individual human beings shines bright from… » 7/17/14 5:00pm 7/17/14 5:00pm

Mom Wears Dress to Graduation That Got Daughter Sent Home From School

After a North Carolina high school student was sent home in tears on the last day of her senior year for wearing a floral dress that teachers said was a half-inch too short, her mom decided to stand up against the school's arbitrary dress codes by wearing the same outfit to the graduation ceremony days later. » 6/16/14 12:40pm 6/16/14 12:40pm

Woman Beat Daughter's Classmate With a Hammer In School Bathroom

A third-grader was violently beaten at an Oakland, California school on Friday. Police state that the attacker, another child's mother, lured the girl into a bathroom and then hit her repeatedly with a hammer. Police also state that this was a targeted attack and that it was the result of a family feud. And as we all… » 6/01/14 5:07pm 6/01/14 5:07pm

Teacher Removed From Classroom For Showing Blackface Videos

Administrators at Monroe Middle School in Michigan have placed retiring teacher Alan Barron "on leave" after they decided that his way of teaching history was offensive. Barron was removed from the classroom when he showed archival footage of whites in blackface to illustrate his lesson on Jim Crow laws. The assistant… » 6/01/14 12:49pm 6/01/14 12:49pm

UNC Athlete Earned an A- for This Pitiful 148-Word Essay on Rosa Parks

UNC has recently been exposed for its phony independent studies classes, a scam that was cooked up by the university for athletes to earn easy A's. Here is an example of a football player's ridiculous, one-paragraph final paper that got an A-, securing his position on his team. » 3/27/14 11:00am 3/27/14 11:00am

No Black Kids, Latinos, or Girls Took AP Computer Science in Montana

Well, this is unsettling. According to this year's data, not a single female student, black student, or Latino student took the AP computer science exam in either Montana or Mississippi. That means it was pretty much just all white dudes. Not exactly a heartening indicator of all that "diversity in tech" that tech… » 1/14/14 6:20pm 1/14/14 6:20pm

French School Freaks Out After Some Weirdos Film a Porno Nearby

The administration of a French secondary school (in France, not in New Orleans or, Charlemagne forbid, Québec) is fairly upset about an adult film — or "skin flick," as the jeunes say — that was filmed right outside of the school and featured an actress playing the role of a school supervisor. » 12/22/13 3:00pm 12/22/13 3:00pm

All Your High School Friends Were Chosen by Your Classroom Assignments

The movies lied to us! It's not totally jocks vs. nerds when it comes to picking friends in school, your besties are most likely just the kids you sit near in class. According to a national study of 3,000 students at 78 high schools across the United States, found that the courses students take have a profound effect… » 11/19/13 1:00pm 11/19/13 1:00pm

New Zealand Teen Rapists' School Knew About Roast Busters, Did Nothing

As more details emerge about the self-styled New Zealand rape club that called itself the "Roast Busters," naturally, questions arise. Namely: What the fuck? Followed by: What kind of a malformed fucksticks do this kind of thing to other human beings? And, finally, the inevitable: How the fuck did this happen? It… » 11/08/13 11:30am 11/08/13 11:30am

This Brilliant 12-Year-Old Mexican Girl Is Touted as 'Next Steve Jobs'

Meet 12-year-old Paloma Noyola Bueno. She goes to José Urbina López Primary School in Matamoros, Mexico. She's being touted as "the face of Mexico's unleashed potential." Mentioning Steve Jobs in the headline is purposely attention-grabbing — on Wired's part and on mine — but the gist of it is this: Our current idea… » 10/24/13 3:10pm 10/24/13 3:10pm