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Zuckerberg: Kids under 13 should be allowed on Facebook
by Michal Lev-Ram
May 20, 2011
Facebook's founder sees the social networking site as a tool with educational potential. That of course means getting kids Facebooking at an early age.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may be a college drop-out, but the billionaire 27-year-old is passionate about education reform. That's why he took time out of his busy schedule to discuss the heated topic (and why he thinks young people can benefit from social networking sites) at a recent summit on innovation in education. Last year Zuckerberg pledged $100 million to the school system in Newark, New Jersey. At the NewSchools Venture Fund's Summit in Burlingame, Calif. earlier this week, Zuckerberg told interviewer (and venture capitalist) John Doerr that improving education and making the Internet more open are two of his favorite dinnertime topics.
Zombies: How the Left Captured Academia, the Media, and Other Organizations
by Vik Rubenfeld
September 5, 2012
Alinsky-style behavior in the workplace itself may have been the key.
Recent studies have confirmed that American universities have become bigoted and biased against the expression of conservative views. One new study documents bias against the expression of conservative views among social and personality psychologists, including those at universities...
Zombie statists ask, 'But if there's no government, who will build roads?!'
by David McElroy
April 28, 2012
It's a bad movie that you might have seen before. It tends to show up whenever an advocate of voluntary cooperation explains how society could operate without state coercion.
Right on cue, the zombies from "Night of the Living Statists" rear their heads and mindlessly intone, "But if there's no government, who will build the roads?!" The zombies can't hear your response, so it's useless to try to give them facts and explain how things could be done in a way that's better for everyone if roads and other such things were provided as private services rather than as coercive government monopolies. For those who are open to the facts, though, is there any evidence that people can actually cooperate voluntarily for their own interests? As a matter of fact, there's quite a bit of evidence of that.
Zero Tolerance Watch: Teen Faces Felony Charges for Science Experiment
by Jesse Walker
May 1, 2013
Meet Kiera Wilmot, a 16-year-old student in Bartow, Florida. Before last week, Bartow High School Principal Ron Pritchard tells WTSP-TV, she had "never been in trouble before. Ever."
But then, the station reports, she mix[ed] household chemicals in a tiny 8-ounce water bottle, causing the top to pop off, followed by billowing smoke in [a] small explosion. Wilmot's friends and classmates said it was "a science project gone bad, that she never meant to hurt anyone."
Yuma Pre-School Closes Amid Controversy
KYMA Channel 11 News
September 18, 2008
The closure of Whiz Kidz Pre-School on 24th Street happened both suddenly and swiftly yesterday as it faced mounting pressure from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Investigators issued three citations to the school due to lack of proper oversight. According to the ADHS website, the facility failed to address overcrowding issues inside classrooms, did not give children access to water and the teachers were not professionally dressed.
YouTube: Pedophile Playground
September 24, 2008
The world became a smaller place with the advent of online social networking. MySpace pages are simple to construct and navigate - so simple, even a child can design one.
While MySpace was being conceived and constructed, another idea was taking root - a place of social networking that was centered around the concept of sharing video files. Ostensibly, the videos were supposed to be ones owned and created by the YouTube user, but anyone could see the opportunity for the distribution of copyrighted material, and soon duplicated versions of television shows were making the circuit, being uploaded almost as quickly as YouTube could take them down.
YouTube Doesn't Change The Way We Think - It Matches the Way We Think
Search Engine Watch (SEW)
by Nathania Johnson
December 30, 2008
One of the reasons my family chose to homeschool was the crude lack of technology in our school district. My son is very much a visual learner.
Now, he uses YouTube as a search engine, since reading is such a struggle for him. He can watch news reports, DIY videos, and yes, he has his very own YouTube channel that he uses to communicate his thoughts on Mario, Bionicles, and Transformers to anyone interested in the matter.
Youths Air Grievances at City Hall Forum
The Washington Post (DC)
by Nikita Stewart
October 14, 2007
Dozens of young people ages 11 to 21 painted a bleak picture of the District's public school system yesterday during the D.C. Council's first hearing on youth issues, a monthly free-for-all.
Youths focused overwhelmingly on the school system, describing students who disrupt classes and teachers who don't teach. They also worried about violence in their neighborhoods and a lack of extracurricular and after-school activities.
Youth suspended over sketch of gun
World Net Daily (AZ)
August 22, 2007
Officials say drawing by teen 'absolutely considered a threat'
A 13-year-old boy has been suspended for three days by an Arizona public school because he sketched a picture that resembled a gun, something school officials said they "absolutely" believed could pose a threat.
Your child's data is stored in the cloud
by Erica Fink and Laurie Segall
June 28, 2013
Your child's school knows just about everything about your kid. Now, many school districts are storing all that information in the cloud. InBloom, a cloud-based database system for schools, is storing students' data on their servers.
Non-profit inBloom offers an Internet database service that allows schools to store, track and analyze data on schoolchildren. If you think about it, that information is more than just test scores. It's whether kids receive free lunch -- a telling indicator of the family's finances. It's the time a student got into a fight in the schoolyard. And it could be a child's prescription medication. The upshot of storing all that data in one location is that it can be used to tailor specific curricula to each child. If Johnny's data suggests that he's a tactile learner and he's failing math, inBloom's analytic engine might suggest a particular teaching approach.
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