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Blog of Ages: I Got Bloggin' On My Noggin

Blog of Ages: I Got Bloggin' On My Noggin | Education | Scoop.it
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Blogger Stephen L. Wilson collects all of his blogs into a single post. From education to self-publishing to social media, Wilson shares his hard work, cutting wit and controversial topics with you.

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Blog of Ages: Words On A Screen

Blog of Ages: Words On A Screen | Education | Scoop.it
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Social media has become too personal, and people have become disgustingly brazen as they hide behind their keyboards. There is a pattern that the trolls have, and this PSA identifies this behavior. Send any trolls to this link, so that maybe the comments sections of social media may no longer be considered the back alleys of the internet.

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Life Bits and Other Chunks: Memoirs of an untrained man: From the Andreas Pavel Stereobelt to the Ear Bud Society

Life Bits and Other Chunks: Memoirs of an untrained man: From the Andreas Pavel Stereobelt to the Ear Bud Society | Education | Scoop.it
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We live in a world where twenty people can be in the same room, having conversations, yet none with each other. I call this the "Ear Bud Society" and in this article I trace its existence back to the Sony Walkman and its original inventor, Andreas Pavel, who named it the "Stereobelt."

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Blog of Ages: Cursive Writing Has Run Its Course - It Is Time For A Different Approach

Cursive writing has run its course. it is time for a different approach.
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Cursive is on its way out? Good riddance!
This article answers EVERY annoying reason (and some purely emotional) that people have about keeping cursive around in primary school.


ARTICLE EXCERPT: WHAT ABOUT GRANDMA’S LETTERS?

There is the argument that the fine art of cursive writing will be lost forever if we discontinue its use in the early grades. The resulting knee-jerk concern has created a wave of sympathy for how important it is to know how to read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution or grandma’s letters, for the sake of tradition and heritage. The outcry has been that only specialists will be able to read our most important historic documents, and that our society shall henceforth reject cursive permanently.
 
Some of the more dramatic arguments include the notion that cursive will go the way of hieroglyphics or Latin, to be used by the public nevermore. However, like Latin or hieroglyphics, cursive of any kind may be an acquired taste, when it comes to writing, much like calligraphy. For this reason, writing cursive is not necessary so early in the formative educational years. Like Latin or hieroglyphics, people will always be there to preserve the heritage of cursive for the sake of human interest. Having said that, learning to write in looped cursive has nothing to do with reading the Declaration of Independence. In fact, people who never learn to write looped cursive can still easily master the ability to read it.
 
Learning to write cursive and learning to read cursive are separate matters. Reading archaic cursive does not require that a person know how to write it. It takes less than a day to learn to read cursive with ease. It takes years to learn how to write it properly[4].

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Blog of Ages: The Magic Wordsmith

Blog of Ages: The Magic Wordsmith | Education | Scoop.it
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Have you ever been in a situation where some know-it-all pops off, and it is only later that you think of something witty to say? How rich is it, then, when you think of something witty to say at the exact right moment? Read this flash-nonfiction short story about a time that the author nailed a smug smarty to the wall by being a witty wordsmith.

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Life Bits and Other Chunks: Memoirs of an untrained man: Fainting Goats - How Society Drove A Man Insane

Life Bits and Other Chunks: Memoirs of an untrained man: Fainting Goats - How Society Drove A Man Insane | Education | Scoop.it
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Fainting goats are all I need when I retire. Fainting goats, a hill, a lawn chair and yummy goat food. And things to scare them with, of course! Read a short, humorous story about how society drove a man to these extremes.

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Life Bits and Other Chunks: Memoirs of an untrained man: Pluck Yew - The Tale of the Digitus Impudicus

Life Bits and Other Chunks: Memoirs of an untrained man: Pluck Yew - The Tale of the Digitus Impudicus | Education | Scoop.it
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A gesture has meaning, and there is no reason why sticking a single finger in the air should be considered illegal. Court cases involving the middle finger are routinely thrown out. We need to give this single finger the historical respect it deserves. Tongue-in-cheek essay about the modern day use of this "Digitus Impudicus"

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