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  Patriotic Education Through Ignorance  
 
 
Posted 2003-03-26 by
 
 
     
 
A teacher in inner-city Detroit has a blog entry worrying about the disappearance of an Iraqi student and his family. Fellow teachers have noticed that other Middle Eastern students have gone missing, too. Have they fled the US, been deported, or been abducted by black helicopters? Perhaps there's something sinister afoot or maybe there's a reasonable explanation. But two other things in the blog make me queasy. The first is that the state is removing social studies from school curriculums except for American History (World History has already been tossed). I suppose that makes sense as the Global Village becomes Americanized. The second is, according to this teacher, all school faculty and staff have been ordered not to speak against the war or the American government in front of students. Good thing the students don't know World History or this policy would sound frighteningly familiar. [spotted by orneryboy]
 
     
 
   
 
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  Furry Camp  
 
 
Posted 2003-01-29 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
I just found out there is a summer camp for furry fans a short drive from Toronto! Now I can put on my rubber Rat Boy costume and frolic semi-nude with other afflicted 30-somethings! I would look forward the most to the furry rave: "A flat clearing in the forest, lit by firelight and surrounded on all sides by tall trees, filled with furs - some in rave gear, some in bodypaint, ears, tails, glowsticks - dancing to an amazing mix of music, spun by your favourite furry DJ's and blasting from banks of speakers just off in the trees." [source]
 
     
 
   
 
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  Breaking Sarcasm News:  
 
 
Posted 2003-01-13 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
The kids don't get it. Nope. This, according to Canadian reseasrcher Penny Pexman, who claims that children under the age of about 10 almost always interpret a sarcastic remark as serious, even when it is intended to be humorous. Obviously anyone creating content for kids should keep this in mind. Duh. [source]
 
     
 
   
 
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  Old Gamers Never Die  
 
 
Posted 2002-12-02 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Youthful reaction to older PC gamers typically ranges from shock to disbelief. But if you imagine the gaming world as a big pie chart, the number of gamers under the age of 18 is only a slice of that pie, leaving the rest, representing gamers over 18, the exact shape of Pac-Man. Young gamers might know what Pac-Man is, but a large and dedicated group of gamers were already in their thirties by the time Pac-Man was released, and are just as active now as they were at the dawn of videogame history. Gamers in their fifties not only bring a unique perspective to the pastime, but are levelling the playing field for gamers of all ages.

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  You don’t need to see our identification…  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-30 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Canadians who were born in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan or Syria will be processed differently than other Canadians at the U.S. border. Canadian citizens born in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan or Syria are now required to be photographed and fingerprinted due to a new U.S. law. Certainly it's understandable that America fears terrorists are at the gates. I just think it's unfortunate that Americans will now be require people of certain races and nationalities to be registered, recorded, and filed away.

Our government has issued a travel advisory for these "suspect" groups following the deportation of a Syrian-born Canadian accused of terrorist ties back to Syria. It's a shame this guy wasn't deported to Canada, where his wife and two kids live. Instead, he's in jail in Syria. [story]
 
     
 
   
 
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  Of Christians and Lions and Little Wizards  
 
 
Posted 2002-01-31 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
To say that Christians have never appreciated magic and mythology is a bit of an understatement. After all, ancient fundamentalists used to throw witches onto the fire just to keep warm. While such violent outbursts may be ancient history, the flames of Christian ire still burn brightly. On December 30, 2001, a church group in Alamogordo, New Mexico held a holy bonfire into which Harry Potter books were cast. Pastor Jack Brock, the man who arranged the Alamagordo book burning, told a local reporter: “The greatest danger is these children are enamoured with Potter and they go on the internet to learn more about the book, and they're directed to other places where they can see information about Wicca.” Fortunately for the Pastor, the internet's double-edged sword has also carved out a path for his people.

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Wow! Thanks for that Tony. Just posted a bunch of other tips here... http://www.dino.co.uk/labs/2008/45-tips-when-designing-online-content-for-kids/ Hope it helps someone... Dino...
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