Found on Twitter:
Do you think the students have wi-fi to finish their homework on the way to school?
(This is not necessarily representative of all Indian school buses.)
One wonders at the stories behind such “buses” and their use. It might make an interesting geography assignment, to find out how students get to school in other nations. What is the most exotic, bizarre, dangerous or luxurious ride?
Maurice Sendak, to his death, held on to some of his childhood concerns; and he worried about how we teach our children to deal with the world, and those scary things.
How do kids make it? “They want to survive,” Sendak said. “They Want To Survive.”
- More lost interviews, from Blank on Blank
- Watch an Adorable Animated Interview with Maurice Sendak on What it’s Like to be a Kid (flavorwire.com)
- Happy birthday Maurice Sendak! From Google and from us. (coolmompicks.com)
- 10 Fascinating Interviews with Maurice Sendak (flavorwire.com)
- Maurice Sendak: Google doodle celebrates author’s 85th birthday (guardian.co.uk)
- The Walt Disney Family Museum Announces Exhibitions and Events That Explore Wonderlands and Where the Wild Things Are (prweb.com)
- Maurice Sendak in 2009 interview: ‘Everything is the same. Nothing changes.’ (washingtonpost.com)
Can your students write this well? This kid was 12:
John Fitzgerald Francis Kennedy, President of the United States, was a Scout in Troop 2 in the Bronxville, NY, from 1929 to 1931. This letter was written when he was 12 years old in 1929.
Transcript: A Plea for a raise
By Jack Kennedy
Dedicated to my
Mr. J. P. Kennedy
My recent allowance is 40¢. This I used for areoplanes and other playthings of child- hood but now I am a scout and I put away my childish things. Before I would spend 20¢ of my ¢.40 allowance and In five minutes I would have empty pockets and nothing to gain and 20¢ to lose. When I a a scout I have to buy canteens, haversacks, blankets, searchlidgs [searchlights] poncho things that will last for years and I can always use it while I cant use a cholcalote marshmellow sunday with vanilla ice cream and so I put in my plea for a raise of thirty cents for me to buy scout things and pay my own way more around.
John Fitzgerald Francis Kennedy
Contributed by: Peter Lenahan, Bronxville, NY
- The Scout Cabin in Bronxville, New York (Troop 2 is still going, it appears)
- Scouting is expensive, Mowry Journal (great photos of Kennedy and Scouts)
- Wiki Answers: Who was the first president who was a Scout?
- Boy Sout executive gives Fort Worth dinner audience something to chew on (star-telegram.com)
- What can change a life? You. (bedfordscouts.wordpress.com)
Dad texts the kids:
“You guys got what you need to stay warm [at Lambeau Field in Green Bay]?”
“We have plenty of green body paint.”
Why would people fail to inoculate their kids against measles, and thereby contribute to deadly epidemics?
There was this guy in Britain, Andrew Wakefield, who published a study suggesting a link between measles vaccines and autism. But it turned out his research didn’t support that claim. Then it turned out he was under contract to produce a paper that made that claim regardless the science, for a lawsuit.
Darryl Cunningham created a concise, 15-page graphic accounting of the story of how the misdeeds of one physician led to a world-wide, child-killing panic. If you do not know the story, go read it. You should be troubled by the story it tells. Be sure to read it through. Cunningham is thorough in his debunking of the hysteria the anti-vaxxers promote, and you should know it all.
Then send a copy to Jenny McCarthy, or anyone else who carries the torch of ignorance-based hysteria against vaccines and in favor of disease.
Dr. Wakefield’s original paper was retracted by the publisher — it’s no longer considered valid science. It’s a hoax. No subsequent research confirmed any links to autism. Serious, large-scale follow-up studies revealed no connection whatsoever between measles vaccine and autism.
Measles is a nasty disease, tough to eradicate, and working hard to come back and get your children and grandchildren. Don’t be suckered.
Andrew Wakefield created a hoax. Those who rely on his study rely on bogus science, voodoo science. History tells us that, if we stop the fight against measles, people will die.
Would you contribute to publishing this comic for distribution in pediatrician’s waiting rooms?
- As usual, P. Z. Myers is already on the issue at Pharyngula; there will be more comments there, but you can still comment here. Of course, debunking science fraud and spreading good science gets a lot of attention at Pharyngula, and Wakefield and the measles vaccine hoax gets treated often.
- Cunningham has more, and includes the references for the graphic story.
- Oh, and Cunningham blogs at Blogger — see the same story there (and other work)
Wonderful film from 2007, by Hyun-min Lee. I found it on PBS World this weekend, and then found a YouTube version.
Watch it with your young children.