Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Hey, kids! Did you know ...?

Today's linguistics trivia: Did you know that the Chinese word for "front page" is made up of the characters for "there's one born" and "every minute"?

Highlights, in case you can't read the fine print:

When teacher Kimberly Woody went searching for supplies to decorate her classroom this year, fire and water topped the list.

A red triangle representing fire and a fish tank filled with water will each find a home in her Clinton Township classroom.

The elements are essential to feng shui, the ancient Chinese belief that the way a room is arranged affects energy in the space. Woody said she believes feng shui will help her students focus, thus improving grades and behavior.

... To prove her theory, the art teacher at Mohegan High School said she will compare student's grades from last year to this year, and do a series of student surveys.

Can't wait for those between-group comparisons!

Enjoy today's back-to-school 1A presence in all its glory here. (Frontpage stories differ a bit between print and dotcom; owing to the no-jump rule, print stories have discrete front and inside versions, but the Web version usually shows up as a single continuous story.)

2 Comments:

Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Hmmm. If there's no difference, will she try again next year with real fire?

5:30 AM, September 02, 2009  
Blogger fev said...

That would certainly be a nice cross-disciplinary link to the Scientific Method, wouldn't it?

2:00 PM, September 03, 2009  

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