REALLY? CAN WE GET TINY GIRL AN APPOINTMENT, SAY, NEXT TUESDAY?

If your unruly child is giving you too much trouble, you may want to pull out her tonsils and adenoids - whether she needs it or not. That should fix 'er right up.


WE REALLY, REALLY WANT TO WISH THIS GROUP LUCK AND SHOW THEM OUR SUPPORT. BUT THERE'S A PART OF US - A SMALL PART OF US - THAT HAS AN URGE TO THROW AN ERASER AT IT WHEN ITS BACK IS TURNED


The National Substitute Teachers Alliance will "promote dignity and respect for substitute teachers who provide educational continuity for our nation's students."


AND THE NOMINEES ARE . . .

Lessons_image21If you're like us, you may not have realized that there are daytime Emmys, or if you did, you may not have known that one of the prizes is for Outstanding Children's Series. This year's nominees are:


Between the Lions (PBS) - The kids love it, and it successfully teaches pre-reading, but we can't get over the idea that it's an "Electric Company" knockoff.


Endurance: Tehachapi (NBC) - "Survivor" for kids. Thanks, that's all we need to hear.

Postcards From Buster (PBS ) - This will be the Hollywood choice for its (largely failed) attempt to show a child-rearing lesbian couple last year during its Vermont episode.

Strange Days At Blake Holsey High (NBC) - We DVRed it the other day, and will soon be filing suit with NBC/Universal for the restoration of the lost 22 minutes of our life.

Zoom (PBS) - The twenty-first century revivial of the popular 70s show created by WGBH in Boston.

The winner will be announced on April 28; our money is on Postcards From Buster, for its politics, and because it deserves credit for running against No Child Left Behind by trying to teach kids geography. (We've highly recommended its Web site in the past for its excellent geography activities; check it out.)


LOOK - UP IN THE SKY! IT'S A BIRD! IT'S A PLANE! IT'S - HEY, IS THAT THE NEW PONTIAC SOLSTICE?


Mkag135a_comic_20060417205455Product placement is coming to comic books. Actually, it's returning, kind of. Those of us who grew up with Marvel comics remember how heroes were sometimes inserted into full-page ads for Hostess cupcakes and Twinkies. Today, it's the products being inserted into the heroes' stories. DC is introducing a new character, Rush, who, inevitably, rushes about town in his Pontiac Solstice. Meanwhile, Marvel and Nike have reached a deal to place the famous corporate swoosh in books like "The New X-Men." According to the Wall Street Journal, the comic companies retain creative control over where the corporate logos are placed, trusting that the creatives know how to reach the young adult males who make up the majority of the comics-reading population. We'll assume sure Nike is pleased with where Marvel placed their logo in the panel at left . . .


IF WE'RE NOT MISTAKEN, CHEWBACCA LEARNED HOW TO PLOT A COURSE THROUGH HYPERSPACE IN A BLACKBOARD-EQUIPPED CLASSROOM BACK ON
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This month in Edutopia, the educational magazine brought to you by George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, offers a witty eulogy for the chalkboard:

Slate Chalkboard -- Old Friend, Recent Foe -- Dies in Obscurity

 

The chalkboard, an education revolutionary and an icon of American learning culture, died recently after a long decline. It was (approximately) 205 years old. . .

[T]he chalkboard is believed to be the brainchild of a Scottish geography teacher who showed up at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the early 1800s. . . . Once the dutiful intimate of millions of teachers, and the object of thrall for many more millions of children, the chalkboard ended its life accused of dullness and uselessness and more. . . . the upstart, porcelain-coated glossy whiteboard wooed educators with flashy color markers, quiet efficiency, and a dust-free relationship, but even the whiteboard has been steamrolled by the next big thing in classroom communication: the giant computer-screen writing surface, which offers more -- printing capability, memory, flashing lights -- than the chalkboard ever dreamed possible.

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