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Good-bye, National Geographic

So, it happened.  Rupert Murdoch has laid off the staff of National Geographic. They’re gone.  All gone. The award-winning staff no longer works for National Geographic. Editors, writers, photographers, all of them gone.

Who is it that thought selling National Geographic to Rupert Murdoch was a good idea? He’s destroyed it. They will no longer be pro-science, they’ll be a way for Murdoch to spread his anti-science garbage. Very sad day.

Update: Thanks to that above article, it made it sound much worse than it was. Here’s something more informative.

It’s still a massive cut in staff, including a lot of the fact-checking staff. While it’s not good-bye, I still think what’s going to happen is a reduction in the quality of the magazine. I’m hoping I’m wrong. I really want to be wrong.

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Teacher Fired For Giving Zeros Treated Unfairly

A couple years ago, Lynden Dorval, a teacher in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was suspended, then fired for giving students zeros on tests they missed and assignments they didn’t hand in.  Sounds unfair, doesn’t it?  Well, the provincial appeal board agrees with him, it was unfair.

So, why was he fired?  Well, it was against school policy to give zeros.  Then what was he supposed to do when students failed to hand in assignments or missed tests?  Give them endless extensions until they finally did them?  What if they never do? Give them a passing grade anyway?  This policy is ridiculous.

It seems that these days schools are being incredibly soft on students.  They don’t want to hurt their feelings by giving them failing grades.  They are precious snowflakes that need to be protected from failure.  It’s a terrible lesson to students to say that they can fail and suffer no consequences.  If they don’t do their work, they should fail.  They should get a zero.

Mr. Dorval was right in this, in my opinion.  The school’s policy is flawed, and it only encourages false reporting of grades.  What’s ridiculous is that the school board is going to appeal.  So they want to strip this good teacher of his pension and pay for their unethical treatment of him?  The Edmonton Public School Board needs to go back to school and learn how to treat people properly.  They are wrong in this, and I encourage any parent in Edmonton to complain to the school board about their intention to appeal.  It’s inexcusable.

If this happened in your area, what would you do?