Category Archives: education

Fun in the MLA + ACW

MLA is the Modern Language Association, and they are responsible for the MLA style of citations used in some research papers, in opposition to the APA, IEEE and others. I shouldn’t really say opposition to, since they all have the same goal in the end.

Anyway, some amusements I have found are:

  • The now changed Purdue OWL example of an anonymous publication citation: “Wordsworth is a Loser 100”.
  • The ACW style sheet, that I swear was partially adapted into MLA. Examples can be seen here. For some reason I remembered “pine_guest” for maybe 15 years since I first had to work on MLA papers in English 101 and had a handbook for citing MLA style.
  • I cannot find it now with some cursory searches, but there was an example text about motion picture censorship that I think was lifted from someone’s research paper, about how licensing fees by governments (towns and villages) were used to control films.

Anyone have anything else like this?

 

Turds!! – A college student pranque

According to WikipediA, this immage was gotten up and spread about by some Indiana University students many many years Ago (1890). For the better education of the students of to-day, it is transcribed below.

Contains offencive language.

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A lost and forgotten standardized test

Probably everyone in the United States who went to school knows what a standardized test is. One of those fill-in-the-circles affairs that returns a percentile rank. Currently they are controversial on account of their potential use in teacher evaluations.

I found this certificate for an apparently long discontinued test, the National Educational Development Test:

NEDT

The Science Research Associates that Lyle Spencer signed for had just been bought by IBM at the time, according to Wikipedia. Per a paper in ERIC, it was administered at least as late as 1993, but probably not much after since there is next to nothing on the Internet about it. Also per that paper, it took until 1982 to delete “gender, racial or ethnic bias”. Shades of the oarsman-regatta question once on the SAT?

Anyway, I notice this particular paper didn’t bother to tell the awardee what their performance was, just that it was “outstanding”.

Idea for chemistry laboratory commissioning

Everyone who has ever taken a high school or college course in chemistry, biology or kindred sciences unquestionably remembers the, sometimes lurid, always present  warnings against doing things, normally, well, normal, but dangerous in a laboratory.1

Wear your safety glasses/googles.

No horsing around.

Label your experiments.

Clean up after yourself.

No food or drink.

This last one gave me an idea:

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Time marches on

In the continuing series of odd textbook and other educational matter, Time and Beyond:

TimenandBeyond

Other than being published by Allyn and Bacon with a copyright of 1978, I cannot find anything on this online. Was it about learning to tell time? Time management? Time itself? New Math? Time may tell, if anyone has the time to find out and put it online, or takes the time to comment.

I will not make any more “time” jokes, since the indisputed king of them is Cliff Johnson of “3 in Three” fame. I will ask: Why is there a hole in the center of the clock face, where the stems of the hands would go? Why is the stem of the pocketwatch off centered? Shouldn’t it be divided in half? For that matter, shouldn’t the number 12 at the top?

I would like to know – seriously – what the “beyond” referenced by the title is.