Monthly Archives: September 2012

Teachers Get Flak for Showing Flicks

An article from Edutopia: To a generation of kids weaned on movies, using film in the classroom may seem like a natural educational tool for smart teachers. But the move to use cinema to teach a whole range of subjects … Continue reading

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Air Bud for 3d Grade

From a disgruntled parent in Maplewood, New Jersey: My daughter is in third grade at Jefferson. Yesterday and today, she told me they watched Bee Movie in class. During gym, they watched Air Bud. Nothing against Jerry Seinfeld, but shouldn’t … Continue reading

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“Educational” Movies

From a great LA Times article back in 2000: Attack of the Public School Time Wasters July 02, 2000|WILLIAM CHITWOOD | These tales out of school begin with one about a sixth-grade social studies class at a Burbank public school whose … Continue reading

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More Facebook

From a correspondent in Georgia: My 5th grader’s assignment for Social Studies last week was to create a “Fakebook” profile page for one of the important people from the Civil War. Complete with a potential friends list and what their … Continue reading

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Creating Facebook Profiles

A great post from Cost of College: Share My Lesson is a new online resource for teachers developed by the American Federation of Teachers and TES Connect. . . . When I recently checked out this new website, I found that among its … Continue reading

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Wikipedia co-founder on Efficiency in Education

Larry Sanger has some good thoughts here, among which is this: 10. The project method is inefficient. Now let me explain why I have it in for the project method. I have loathed this method since it was inflicted upon … Continue reading

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Email Me With Stories

Please email your stories of time-wasting school activities to wastingtimeatschool@gmail. They can be personal stories or links to stories from elsewhere. I will print them anonymously unless you specifically say that attribution is OK.

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Testimonials on a Thread about “Most Pointless Project”

From the School Survival Forums: In English class my junior year of highschool, we had not one but two, stupid projects. The first was to create a childrens illustrated version of the novel “The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn”. We basically … Continue reading

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A High School Student’s Thoughts

A student at Monmouth Regional High School in New Jersey shares her pointed thoughts on school projects here. The Pointless Project Plague: Some school projects are a waste of time and money It is Sunday night, and you have an … Continue reading

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Schools That Do Too Much

Dr. Etta Kralovec wrote the book Schools That Do Too Much: Wasting Time and Money in Schools and What We Can All Do About It. An excerpt: Everyone agrees that we’ve got to improve academic achievement in America’s public schools. . … Continue reading

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