School Shut Down Due To “Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air” Ringtone

False Alarm of the Day: School Shut Down Due To “Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air” Ringtone

A Pennsylvania school district went on lockdown last week after a student’s “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” ringback tone (“shooting some b-ball outside of the school”) was misheard as a mass shooting threat (“shooting people outside of the school”) by an overly vigilant receptionist at the student’s doctor’s office.

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Grade Inflation

A graphic depiction of “grade inflation”

From an article in the New York Times based on data compiled by Stuart Rojstaczer and Christopher Healy.

The researchers collected historical data on letter grades awarded by more than 200 four-year colleges and universities. Their analysis (published in the Teachers College Record) confirm that the share of A grades awarded has skyrocketed over the years…

Most recently, about 43 percent of all letter grades given were A’s, an increase of 28 percentage points since 1960 and 12 percentage points since 1988. The distribution of B’s has stayed relatively constant; the growing share of A’s instead comes at the expense of a shrinking share of C’s, D’s and F’s. In fact, only about 10 percent of grades awarded are D’s and F’s…

More at the link. Via The Dish.

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