New Educational Standards Teach Kids That History Contained One Woman

New York State's Department of Education recently published the state's new, improved educational standards designed to guide the minds of The Next Generation into a great Sea Of Fact-Knowing so that they may Succeed in the World of Tomorrow (or, you know, in practical terms, the Shit They Will Be Tested On Before… » 3/24/14 1:50pm 3/24/14 1:50pm

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

Albany Teacher Who Assigned Awful Nazi Writing Assignment Put on Leave

A teacher at Albany High School has been put on leave after igniting a brushfire of outrage in upstate New York with quite possibly the worst persuasive writing assignment ever: she asked students to put themselves into a pair of black leather stormtrooper boots and argue why the Jews are evil as if they were trying… » 4/14/13 2:30pm 4/14/13 2:30pm

America's Oldest Teacher Does It For the Kids

Agnes Zhelesnik started her teaching career when she was 82 years old. She just turned 99, and CNN reports that over the last 17 years, she's had a "huge impact" on her students' lives. Ms Zhelesnik — affectionately called "Granny" at school, teaches cooking, sewing and costume-making. Her daughter, a 69-year-old … » 1/17/13 6:40pm 1/17/13 6:40pm

Is a Pervy High School Teacher Posting 'Sexy' Underage Students' Photos…

Sometimes it's hard to muster the energy to get outraged about every truly awful thing that happens in this crap rainstorm we call life. But other times, something comes along that's so bad, so egregious, that it renews my faith in my ability to be disgusted by things. Today's outrage-restorer: the curious case of the… » 9/19/12 4:05pm 9/19/12 4:05pm

3 Stupid Ways to Talk About the Chicago Teachers Union Strike

Since Monday, 350,000 Chicago kids who normally would be spending their day in classrooms crudely carving pictures of penises onto wooden desks are free to crudely carve penises on wooden things that are not located inside of a school building — their teachers are on strike. Let's take a terribly disappointing slog… » 9/14/12 3:20pm 9/14/12 3:20pm

Dear New York Post: I'm a Teacher, Not a Hooker

After teaching an all-day open house memoir-writing workshop last Sunday, one of my students came up to me and identified herself as being a reporter from the New York Post. Apparently they are planning to write another story about me. Considering the last article they wrote was entitled "Idiot prosti-teacher didn't… » 8/13/12 3:20pm 8/13/12 3:20pm