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Teacher Fired Over "Have You Drugged Your Kid Today?" Bumper Sticker

An English teacher was fired after refusing to remove a bumper sticker for her car that read "Have You Drugged Your Kid Today?"

She says it was political commentary on the over medication of students and she never discussed it in class, but some parents complained which led to her being asked to remove it.

She clearly has a right to political expression, and it would be hard to argue the bumper sticker is obscene. The only real question is can the school regulate what is on her car while it is on school property.

What do you think?

STORY: Teacher: I Was Fired Over A Bumper Sticker

Pop Quiz! How many possible different tweets are there?

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Twitter is a micro-blogging service that limits updates to 140 characters.

How many possible different tweets are there?

Leave your answer in the comments below and show your work! (ie explain how you got your answer.)

Bonus points if you do this with your class. I've got a surprise giveaway for the best mathematically / logically correct answer.

Ready go? Also, bonus points if you TWEET this question ;)

Word of the Week: Wistful

The Vocab Film Festival Word of the Week is: Wistful. Check out this video, which is a great resource for helping build vocabulary.

Vocab Videos currently is running a contest where you can submit your own video and get a share of over $20,000 in monthly and grand prizes from A-List Education.

Giveaway! Waiting For Superman DVD!

We have a BRAND NEW BLUERAY DVD of the acclaimed Waiting For Superman. This amazing documentary highlights some of the problems with the US education system and proposes some solutions. If you haven't seen this movie, SEE IT!

If you would like a FREE COPY of the Blue Ray DVD, simply leave comments below (make sure to use facebook, so we can message you) and we will select a winner from those who have left comments.

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VIDEO: Replacing the "N-word" with "Robot" in Huck Finn

Replacing the "N-word" with "Robot" in Huck Finn

Help Person with Autism Self-Publish Comic Book, Surprise Him on National TV

Our good friend Jake Sasseville of Late Night Republic is crowdfunding a cool project..
Watch the video, and check it out here:

North Carolina School District Bans Corporal Punishment

Rockingham County North Carolina joins 69 other NC districts in banning corporal punishment, the infliction of pain -- usually by paddling or whipping. North Carolina is one of the only places in the developed world that still allows Corporal Punishment in schools. The United States stands alone in industrialized countries that allow CP and NC is one of only 20 US States that allows Corporal Punishment. Every year over 250,000 students are hit at least once by educators in US public schools. commends Rockingham County for joining us here in the future.

STORYCorporal punishment ban approved in Rockingham County

CONTEST: Vocab Film Festival

The Vocab Film Festival challenges students and filmmakers to create and share their own vocabulary video and photo projects for a chance to win over $20,000 in monthly and grand prizes.  Entries must meet the monthly challenge and illustrate the meaning of a supplied vocabulary word. The Festival closes 5/31/11, so there will be a total of 4 monthly challenges. Don't forget to encourage voting for your entries to  increase your chances of winning a prize. Everyone who votes must also select one of four outstanding nonprofit organizations to win special prizes and donations!

Visit the VOCAB FILM FESTIVAL to enter for free!

LETS DO THIS! For any readers who enter the contest, let us know IN THE COMMENTS of this post, and we will promote your video on the FRONT PAGE of DETENTIONSLIP.ORG to help you get more votes ;)

Texas Student Gets $637 Fine for Swearing

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A Texas girl was overheard saying "are you trying to start shit" to another student. She was sent to the principals office, given lunch detention, and then the next day fined $637. She's taken on a waitressing job to pay the fine.

Normally I'd make some comment about the right of the school to extort fines from students without due process, an actual court system, and the fact this seems like its the only place a government agency can issue a fine without a mechanism in place for one to dispute it or the legality of it.. BUT, this is Texas, the state which LEADS THE DEVELOPED WORLD in Corporal Punishment cases each year. Yes, TEXAS hits more students in schools than every other developed country in the world COMBINED -- something like 50,000 students are hit at least once every school year in Texas PUBLIC schools.

Thoughts on fining students?

STORY: Texas Student Gets $637 Fine for Swearing

MORE INFO: Wikipedia Definition of Shit

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