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  • "I Love Awfully Bad Writing", by James Clarke (2005)

    by James Clark

    I Love Awfully Bad Writing
    I love awfully bad writing. Indeed I can say (with all due modesty) that I am quite good at it myself. This might explain why I am fascinated by the annual Bulwyer-Lytton Fiction Contest for the worst opening to a novel.
    Every year since 1984 San Jose State (...)

  • "A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling", by Mark Twain

    by Mark Twain

    An interesting contribution to the debate about spelling reform, from the author of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
    A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling
    For example, in Year 1 that useless letter “c” would be dropped to be replased either by “k” or “s”, and likewise “x” would no longer (...)

  • About "The Continental Dream: Will the French Shatter It?"

    by Cybervinnie

    by ELAINE SCIOLINO - published on April 13, 2005.
    This article is followed by Vincent’s reaction to the journalist’s analysis.
    PARIS, April 12 - Historically, the French have liked the idea of a united Europe as long as they could run it.
    France, after all, was a founding member of the (...)

  • Quand les caméras sapent l’éducation

    by Cybervinnie

    Juin 2004 - [A savoir: En décembre 2004, l’APAVE a proposé à l’administration du lycée Jean Rostand de Mantes un plan d’équipement d’une centaine de caméras! Suite à une réunion publique à Mantes sur la vidéosurveillance, où François et moi intervenions au titre de Sud éducation, des articles sont parus sur (...)

  • La mixité à l’école

    by Cybervinnie

    Juin 2003: Même dans des milieux progressistes, le vent de la régression qui souffle sur l’éducation conduit à revenir sur certains "acquis", comme la mixité à l’école; c’est dans le cadre de débats sur un forum que j’ai rédigé cette réponse... VS
    Je suis horrifié de voir comment des argumentations plus ou (...)