Friday, October 20, 2006

Extra Credit Reading: Friday, October 20, 2006

Did you hear the one about the government who misspelled the word "bank" (as in Bank of____) on its own national currency?

As Batman's Robin might say, "Holy Great Pumpkins, Batman! If an elementary school mom can't take the kids to the pumpkin patch, she'll take the pumkin patch to the kids!"

Are gay and lesbian students in Georgia being subjected to even more bullying than their counterparts in other states? Some say "yes," while others say "no."

It seems as though several Washington-area high school administrators in 8 different schools may have been pulling some
report card shenanigans in order to sneak academically ineligible student athletes onto the field:
The grades of five Albert Einstein High School football players were changed to allow them to play, and grading irregularities involving athletes were found at seven other Montgomery County high schools, school officials said yesterday.

In all, 46 athletes at Einstein, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Winston Churchill, Quince Orchard, Walter Johnson, Watkins Mill, Wheaton and Walt Whitman were playing on sports teams while not having the minimum 2.0 grade-point average or might have had more than one failing grade in the previous quarter.
Read about the whole sorry episode.

The Wanker of the Day Award goes to... New Jersey teacher Travis Delles, who allegedly spent two years pursuing an online relationship with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl but who turned out to be Someone Else entirely when Delles flew into Detroit for
a secret rendevous.

The dispatches from the battlefront in the Iraq Civil War just get
worse and worse for American troops while it's now being alleged that more than half a billion dollars in U.S. military aid has been stolen by our allies corrupt Iraqi officials.

In Massachusetts, the news about test scores has been decidedly mixed. The Boston Globe doesn't seem too be too worried,
declaring that "Test scores are only a part of it."
See our latest EduPosts here and yesterday's Extra Credit Reading there.