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Weekend Reading: New Yorker On Bullying, Reform™, Etc.


261.x600.feat.essentials.illio9 The New Yorker on bullying, drug sniffing dogs for rent, Reform™, and more to come:  Behind the anti-gay bullying New Yorker:  The problem is a culture of exposure that is far more advanced than any efforts to combat online cruelty. Bullying feeds on weakness, anger, and, lately, the systematic undervaluing of privacy. There’s such a thing as violating your own privacy, too... Wanna be a School Reformer? You Better do Your Homework! Gary Stager:  In public education today, unqualified is the new qualified. The celebration of inexperience and lack of preparation is particularly disconcerting when it comes to education policy. When you allow billionaires, ideologues, pop singers and movie viewers to define reform, you get Reform™... Company Renting Drug-Sniffing Dogs to Insane Parents [Parenting] Gawker:  A Maryland company is renting out trained drug-sniffing dogs for $200 an hour. The target customer: Parents who want to find their kids' drugs. And a bonus: The dogs can find guns and explosives, too!..  Radio: Reading, Rockets, and 'Rithmetic Freakonomics: We ask Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education, where the idea came from — and whether it was a tough sell, and what kind of results he’s seen so far... Once-fired Oklahoma City teacher retains job on appeal News OK:  He appealed the decision to district court, arguing he did not neglect his duties, but had been singled out for termination because of his outspoken advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights... 100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers Online College Courses:  For every participant liberally dishing out misspelled racist, sexist and homophobic talking points, there is at least one whose channel genuinely offers something provocative and educational...  Teacher  Found Guilty of Murdering Her Romantic Rival Via Skydiving Sabotage Medialite:  Yesterday a Belgium court sentenced schoolteacher Els Clottemans to 30 years for murdering her romantic rival by sabotaging her parachute, ending a bizarre and fascinating saga of love, murder, and skydiving... America’s High Schools Still Top Producers of Violent YouTube Content [video] The Awl:  Do you think school administrators, like, ever search for their high school’s names on YouTube? Because students actually prefer to name their schools in the videos. It gets… better?

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