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The school playground can be a magical place to get away from the rigors of school work for a few minutes of fun. Some time to play with your best buds that might not live close enough to visit outside school. There’s always plenty to do, swings, that 200 degree metal slide with sharp edges, and if your lucky, there’s one of those merry go rounds to sling you off into the wood chips.

Then something happens, and someone in charge has a thought to quickly fix it by banning what they see as the problem, and that thought becomes action, without any consideration about the learning opportunity this situation presents for the children and their parents. Just ban it, stamp it out, never mind that you’re trampling the child’s imagination and social skills at the same time.

Let’s not even get started about “Zero Tolerance” policies and their effects, it’s obviously too hard to handle cases on a one on one basis in this litigious society we live in.

My real issue with this is why not TEACH the kids to play superheroes using their imaginations without the added actually physical violence? Isn’t that a social skill worth teaching at an early age? Just banning the activity gives it a certain titillation factor that doing something you are not supposed to brings. Those rebellious kids will only increase that part of the activity.

It doesn’t matter where this school is, the facts are that this is every school, banning something instead of teaching about it and turning it into something positive.

What do you think? I’m sure you’ve got an opinion, click down to the comments section and let us know.

Via: Blastr

Many universities have offered various courses in the realm of nerdery, ranging from Star Wars to Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings and many others.  The mere existence of these courses is enough to warrant universal creaming across the nerd community.

But here comes the cherry-popper:  Dundee University in Scotland is introducing an MA in comic studies this coming September with the option to continue and earn a PhD after completing the one-year Master’s program.

Some particularly devoted nerds (I say that in the most loving way possible) can actually become doctors of nerdery.

Graduates on the course will study the impact of comics on the worlds of art, literature and popular culture.

“This is a unique opportunity to give this important medium the attention it deserves, and to allow those with an interest in comics to study it in detail.”

*Note: the above article was written by Nerd Bastards contributor Christa D. @bitchyface
source: BBCNews

 

So here’s something stupid.

2 high-school students staged a mock fight inside their school lunchroom using Star Wars lightsabers as their weapons of choice. Really,  it was just a 30. sec display of nerds being nerds. That’s all it was.

“So one kid walked in from one side of the lunchroom and another one to the other side, and he called him out in a fight…And they pulled out their saber toys and in a joking manner proceeded to fight for a solid, like, 30 seconds,” said Kevin Carr.

“Everybody laughed at it…gave them a standing ovation. Nobody saw it as a big deal,” said Carr.

Well, the two Jedi’s antics resulted in both students getting a 10 day suspension. In a double whammy dick move from the administrator, the pair was also told they cannot walk at their own graduation. Wha?

“They very easily could have hit another student they could have started something different…someone could have gotten hurt,” said Westfield High School Principal Raymond Broderick.

They were “fighting” each other, not the whole god damn empire. It’s just two boys playing with their toys (zing), letting off some steam before the final weeks of school. They don’t deserve this type of punishment for making a room full of people laugh out loud. If they had wanted to get suspended they would have done the normal thing and cherry bombed the toilets or smeared poop on the Earth Science teachers desk, like normal teenagers. Check out how the local news handled the story:

I’ll be honest, these two have nothing to apologize for, they were just having fun. Their principle clearly has it out for nerds.

Via: Geekologie

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I had two thoughts when asked to look into this story of Game Camp for kids. My first is best described by the picture above

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Then I immediately went to thought two.

I was pretty relieved when I got to the story over at GeekDad and saw it was a traditional approach to table top gaming. For all of us out there that have played games against kids or adults, either online or tabletop, we can all appreciate that good gamesmanship is a crucial aspect of enjoying the gaming experience.

I once had to go up against a well mannered 7 year old in a Heroclix tournament and that kid was a welcome relief after the prior rounds 20 year old player that, after losing a piece would throw it on the ground, liked to move pieces extra spaces, cursed repeatedly, touched and clicked (Major Rules No-No for Heroclix) my figures, and loudly told his friends that I must have cheated after trouncing him soundly.

A day camp that teaches the manners and etiquette of game play is a great idea. What better way to introduce kids to table top and miniature games then in a setting that rewards good sportsmanship and proper game play.

Those of us that game should take this example and help further it’s goals of proper sportsmanship. I’m thinking of volunteering my time to the Boy Scout troop of my friend Steve’s son, Saxon. An evening or two teaching proper game etiquette is a great way to give back to the gaming community and a great way to promote table top gaming. You have to pry the Nintendo DS out of most kid’s hands these days just to get them to eat dinner let alone play a board game.

Gamers don’t grow on trees and those that do are real teabagging douschebags. Let’s all do our part to promote good sportsmanship.

Click the jump for the whole story of All Fun and Games Game Camp for Kids in Apex, NC

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Everybody poops . . . and everybody reads what gets written on the bathroom stalls. It’s like an accident that you just can’t help glancing at as you drive by. I would rather read what’s written by some bathroom scholar than the advertisements in the glass case anyways.

Most of what’s written is bathroom humor . . .  well . . . what do you expect in the bathroom, but sometimes there’s wisdom hidden amongst the scrawled turds. Sometimes it’s just what puts that smile on your face. I image the first person; besides the bathroom wall scribe of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone first chapter; came into the stall . . . sat down . . . looked up . . . started reading and other biological functions . . . recognized the work . . . smiled . . . and then fell off the John while trying to get close enough to read that small writing. One has to suffer for one’s art.

So it turns out the beautiful mind behind the World Wonder that is the Harry Potter Bathroom Stall belongs to 17-year-old Caitlyn Gallagher, who says it took her 4 hours and 3 sharpies to write the entire first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s / Sorcerer’s Stone on the wall of a bathroom stall at her school.

Caitlyn says, “I did it over four days i’d go after school for an hour and write as much as i could, lock the door, and crawl underneath and put an “out of order” sign on it so no one would go in there until i was finished lol.”

Now that the Caitlyn is out of the bag so to speak, I would think that Caitlyn will be spending some more time in that stall . . . with some rags and whatever chemical the Janitor can scrap up to take that off the stall wall.

Nerdbastards says Well Done Caitlyn! You are a Nerdbastard of Real Genius!

Via: The Daily What

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When I was a kid, we had a computer in the back of the classroom that took floppy disks (do you know what that is, you young whipper-snappers?), and played games that were educational. And it was only very rarely that any of the children in my class could even use the computer.

I still remember going into the library and playing educational/teaching games where I saved baby turtles from being poached, and solved math questions to gain points.

My friends and I, after playing these games, wished that our entire day could be spent playing video games. And, it looks like a school in New York did just that!

According to an article in The New York Times, the experimental Quest to Learn school in NYC, which is founded by game designer Katie Salen, is just plain amazing. The school uses custom-designed video games and activities to teach and focus attention.

And, best of all, instead of getting grades, you level up from “pre-novice,” to “novice,” “apprentice,” “senior” and finally “master.”

Where was the hell was this school when I was growing up?

In Smallab [situated multimedia art learning lab] sessions, students hold wands and Sputnik-like orbs whose movements are picked up by 12 scaffold-mounted motion-capture cameras and have an immediate effect inside the game space, which is beamed from a nearby computer onto the floor via overhead projector. It is a little bit like playing a multiplayer Wii game while standing inside the game instead of in front of it. Students can thus learn chemical titration by pushing king-size molecules around the virtual space. They can study geology by building and shifting digital layers of sediment and fossils on the classroom floor or explore complementary and supplementary angles by racing the clock to move a giant virtual protractor around the floor.

As new as the Smallab concept is, it is already showing promise when it comes to improving learning results: Birchfield and his colleagues say that in a small 2009 study, they found that at-risk ninth graders in earth sciences scored consistently and significantly higher on content-area tests when they had also done Smallab exercises. A second study compared the Smallab approach with traditional hands-on lab experimentation, with the group that used mixed-reality again showing greater retention and mastery. As it is more generally with games, the cognitive elements at work are not entirely understood, but they are of great interest to a growing number of learning scientists. Did the students learn more using digital mixed-reality because the process was more physical than hearing a classroom lecture or performing a lab experiment? Because it was more collaborative or more visual? Or was it simply because it seemed novel and more fun?

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Christopher Clancy, a 19 year old kid from Ireland, decided he was going to have some payback.  What did he do?  He set his high school on fire while dressed as The Joker.  (The Joker inspired by the Christopher Nolan film, not the Tim Burton ones.)  And why not?  Anarchy and Mayhem are two entirely appropriate ways of debuting your teen angst!  Oh.. they’re not?  Well then, uhh…bad Christopher Clancy!  Bad!

To start the fun, he had purchased 100 liters of gas from a nearby station, then cut his way through a wire fence around the school and to finish up with a blaze of glory, he set fire to the building and caused over a million dollars worth of damages.  All of this while dressed as The Joker.  He was 17 when it happened and is now 19, still planning on going to college.  Ah, youth!

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So once upon a time, there was this kid who went to school and had a LOT of homework and really difficult tests. During his final week ever, the school gave him the hardest test of all — regurgitate everything he ever learned over the past four years. The kid studied hard and, after a nerve-wracking week of written and oral (huh huh) tests, he passed that mofo of an exam with flying colors. Upon getting his grade, he ran out of the building to his friends, ripped open his button-down shirt, and revealed a Superman t-shirt underneath. The happy scene was preserved in the school yearbook.

Ok, so that story’s about a friend from college (Check him out – he’s awesome), BUT a little boy seems to be following in his footsteps! According to a detention report, little Anthony was “disrupting class by standing, unbuttoning his shirt to reveal a Superman t-shirt and announcing he was Superman.” Detention! For being freaking awesome! If I ever decided to have demon spawn (unlikely), I’d give it these fabulous nerd-things and hope it would disrupt a class by claiming superherodom.

Thanks to CollegeAlliance.com for the tip and generally being stupendous.