The School of Hard Knocks

posted by Stal on 2010.03.26, under Stal

How do you teach kids to be better critical thinkers? A British middle school staged a mock shooting, intended to teach students how to investigate, collect facts and analyze evidence.

Blackminster Middle School in Evesham, Worcs, faced condemnation from parents after their children were left traumatised by the mock shooting.

The youngsters, aged between 10 and 13, thought they were taking part in a fire drill when an alarm bell rang and they were ushered out into the playground.

But they were left in terror as a man appeared brandishing a gun and appeared to shoot dead Richard Kent, their science teacher, as he ran across a field.

Following a loud bang simulating a gunshot, other staff involved in the act rushed to the teacher’s aid and appeared to try to resuscitate him.

There was a delay of 10 minutes before weeping pupils were taken back to the assembly hall where teachers explained that the pretend shooting had been laid on as part of a science lesson.

But some of the children were left in shock with some being sick and one girl suffering a panic attack, parents claim.
The school was forced to apologise to parents, admitting that the stunt on Tuesday afternoon had gone “too far” and that pupils should have had their fears allayed sooner.

This is quite possibly  even more hilarious than the Japanese TV show that pranked a guy with a fake drive-by shooting.

[ School condemned after pupils left in tears after mock shooting / Telegraph ]

Living the Dream, Reality TV Edition

posted by Stal on 2009.04.16, under Stal

An unemployed 47-year old volunteer church worker with “multiple chins” walks onto Britain’s Got Talent. Recipe for instantaneous skewering by the audience? Hardly. Despite frumpy appearances, Susan Boyle handily won the hearts of viewers with a soaring rendition of Les Miserables’ “I Dreamed a Dream.” The build-up at the beginning is interesting, but you can opt to skip to the song at 1:45.

This video has gone from 5 to 12 million views in the last 24 hours, and has gotten mainstream coverage from the likes of NPR. The most striking (and saddening) part for me is how the audience is very much against Boyle at the  beginning, with the attitude that this woman is too ugly to possibly have a good voice.