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How to get better teachers.

Posted on Jan 27, 2003 | Last Updated May 31, 2007

There is only one way to get better teachers. Pay them more.

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education, salary, money, teacher, standards

The Hurry-Stop Syndrome

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

This editorial was the last Chalkboard editorial Shawn Olson wrote for the Columbus Messenger.

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impatient society, red lights

Educational Inflation

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

A critique of the value of educational diplomas.

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high school diploma, college graduation, intellectual certification, educat

Make JavaScript Math.random() useful

Posted on Aug 3, 2004 | Last Updated Sep 30, 2013

How to use the JavaScript Math.random function useful with round, ceiling, and floor.

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javscript, math.random, math.round, math.ceil, math.floor

PHP Traits for Implementing Interfaces

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 | Last Updated Aug 13, 2013

PHP 5.4 introduced traits. Traits are in many ways like code-assisted copy and paste. They are ways to mix code into a class without inheritance. But what are they good for? When should they be used?

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PHP 5.4, trait, interface, abstract, oop

Education in Debt

Posted on Dec 30, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

The assumption that a diploma means educated is not well founded.

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cost of education, waste education, schooling, schools diplomas

The Cheating Mentality

Posted on Dec 14, 2005 | Last Updated Dec 23, 2012

Essay about cheating in online games, using hacks in multiplayer games.

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online gaming, hacking, hacks, cheats, cheating, psychology

MySQL Sort Order with NULL

Posted on Jul 11, 2004 | Last Updated Aug 17, 2010

Learn how to force NULL values to the end of a sorted list

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MySQL, NULL, ORDER BY

Promoting Interest in the Classroom

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

An essay about the role teachers play in making subjects interesting, valuable and relevant to students. Prompted by an Open-House visit to Westland High School.

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education, interest

Using Object Layers

Posted on Aug 9, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 7, 2011

Tutorial on using object layers to add depth and creative possibilities to graphic projects.

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object layers, graphic design, tutorial, corel photopaint
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