Sometimes, it’s to that person we’ve been thinking about after listening to too much Drake (always a big mistake) and we send them that message that was definitely better left unsaid and unread.
Other times, it’s that super unprofessional, not-thoroughly-proofread-assignment to a college professor who holds the outcome of your academic career in the palms of their hands.
Unfortunately for Zoey Oxley, it was the latter and she accidentally submitted a paper through Turnitin with a very inappropriate filler name for her professor whose last name she couldn’t remember.
The thing about using fillers and placeholders is that you have to be conscientious enough to actually go back and change them when you’re done doing the other work. Zoey wasn’t.
Thankfully for us, she screenshot and uploaded the “series of unfortunate events” to her Twitter account so the rest of the internet could relish in her personal embarrassment and misfortune.
It all starts off innocuously enough – if you’ve ever used Blackboard or submitted work for a college course online before, then you’ll realize that nothing is out of the ordinary here.
That is, however, until Zoey clicks on the assignment, that’s when we realize the work she just uploaded via Turnitin actually includes a grave error.
Now either Zoey is going to a very, very interesting school with a colorful staff, or she just made one of the biggest rookie student mistakes ever: not proofreading her work before submitting it.
Because she passed the deadline for submitting her assignment, she couldn’t upload another draft, which meant that she had to go the old-fashioned email apology route and explain, awkwardly, how she messed up so badly.
Notice how in the email she didn’t mention precisely what the error was and that her default “placeholder” name is “whats his nuts”. It was obviously the pro move on Zoey’s part, I mean why would you call attention to that unnecessarily?
If you’re wondering how her professor, whose last name is Hendel by the way, responded, well, just take a look at this tweet he sent out commenting on the entire incident.
Thankfully for Zoey, Professor Whats his Nuts seems to be taking the whole thing in stride. He even changed his Twitter profile name to the filler moniker she came up with for him.
The story’s receiving tons of attention as well, with Hendel’s tweet about the whole thing racking up over 52k retweets and 344k likes. Not bad for a Blackboard error.
If Zoey’s still feeling embarrassed though, she can console herself with the fact that she’s not the first (and certainly not the last) student who mistakenly emailed her professor something stupid.
Like this one student who thought it’d be a good idea to email her professor after getting her wisdom teeth removed and being goofed up on the painkillers she was prescribed to deal with the nasty oral-ouchey after-effects.
Her professor, thankfully, took it easy on her and responded in a pretty cool manner, and correctly assumed that the email was sent post-ingestion of said wisdom teeth medication.
Then there was Alex Bennett who, instead of submitting his homework, accidentally turned in a photo this cat making what is quite possibly the weirdest face in all of cat history.
Even though our friend was understandably freaking out after accidentally submitting the photo of that grimacing cat instead of his homework, it ultimately ended up working in his favor.
Turns out that Alex’s little meme-pic made his professor’s day and not only did he get to turn in his assignment, but he got a perfect score on it and his teacher is now looking for a cat that makes weird faces like that for her own home. She has to settle for keeping it as her wallpaper right now, though.
Have you ever had an embarrassing moment with a college professor? One time I carefully walked into their office during “open hours” when their door was slightly ajar. They were taking what looked like a fat hit from a bong and I quickly walked out of there, so I kind of know what these students went through.
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Being a Good Parent
Tell them how they feel
While older kids are widely regarded as the kings and queens of self-expression, young children often lack the vocabulary to properly label their own emotions, according to researchers who study child development.
Kids ages 2 to 5 are just starting to understand emotions like fear, frustration or disappointment, according to Klein.
You can help your kid express herself by calling out such emotions when you see them. For example, a parent might say, “It’s disappointing that it’s raining outside, and you can’t go out to play,” Klein said.
Live in the moment
Adults tend to constantly think about the future, but kids — especially preschool-age kids (ages 2 to 5) — live in the here and now, scientists say. To get on a kid’s level, parents need to learn how to live in the moment, too, said Tovah Klein, director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development in New York City.
This is especially true when it comes to communicating verbally with a young child, said Klein, who is also the author of “How Toddlers Thrive” (Touchstone, 2014).
Instead of telling a 3 year old that it’s time to get ready for some future action, like going to school, parents should give their child a set of instructions, Klein told Live Science in August 2016. Replace ambiguous statements like “it’s almost time for school” with clear, simple explanations and directions, such as, “We need to leave for school. It’s time to get your coat.”
Do you check emails or scroll through your social media feeds while spending quality time with your kids? Because you shouldn’t, Klein said.
It’s hard to be really engaged with your kids if you’re distracted by a bunch of other things. And this distracted presence can take a toll on children, who might feel like you’re not really there for them when you’re attention is divided, Klein said
“Children don’t need their parents’ attention 24/7 and 100 percent of the time,” she said. But when your kids do need your full attention, you should give it to them without any caveats.
Want to raise polite children? Try adding the words “please” and “thank you” to your own vocabulary. Kids learn how to interact with others mainly by observing how grown-ups do it and then modeling that behavior themselves, according to Klein. So if you treat everyone — from cashiers and bus drivers to teachers and family members — with respect and politeness, chances are your kids will, as well.
Stick to the basics
“There are a lot of different ways to raise kids, and there’s not one formula that works for every kid,” said Amy Bohnert, a psychologist who researches child development at Loyola University Chicago. But surely there’s some kind of recipe for success when it comes to parenting, right?Kind of: Bonhert said the first basic rule of being a good parent is fostering a secure and warm attachment with your kids. That way they know their needs will be met and that they’ll have a place to go when they need comfort. And as they get older, kids need freedom to explore their own identities and make mistakes, but in a safe and age-appropriate way, Bonhert told Live Science in 2011.
Dads: Get involved
Forget the stereotype of the bumbling dad who doesn’t know how to change a diaper. Research consistently shows that dads are just as good at this whole parenting thing as moms. Furthermore, dads bring a lot of valuable parenting skills to the table.
Fathers strongly influence their kids’ lives in several ways, according to W. Brad Wilcox, a sociologist at the University of Virginia who studies marriage and families. Firstly, dads tend to play rougher with kids than moms do, which helps kids learn to control their bodies and emotions. Dad’s hands-on style of play also encourages healthy risk-taking, which can influence a child’s ambitions in the long-term, Wilcox told Live Science in 2013. A strong paternal relationship also brings with it a certain level of protection, as research has found that children with involved fathers are less likely to become the victims of sexual abuse or assault, he said.
Want to keep your teen from experimenting with drugs and alcohol? The most effective way to do that is to be authoritative, according to researchers. A study published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in 2012 found that teens whose parents were authoritative (the study defined this as being in control, but with a warm attitude) were significantly less likely to drink, smoke cigarettes or use pot than teens whose parents were neglectful (i.e. not in control and lacking warmth).
Preteen and teenage friendships might sometimes seem a little baffling to parents (why would anyone want to walk around the mall for hours on end?), but these relationships are very important for the development of a child’s social skills.”They are practicing adult social skills in a safe setting, and they are really not good at it at first,” said Sheryl Feinstein. Friends help adolescents learn skills like negotiating, compromising and group planning.
LOL! Joking Helps
Lighten up! Joking with your toddler helps set them up for social success, according to research presented at the Economic and Social Research Councils’ Festival of Social Science 2011. When parents joke and pretend, it gives young kids the tools to think creatively, make friends and manage stress. So feel free to play court jester — your kids will thank you later. [Top 5 Benefits of Play]
No surprise here: Parents who express negative emotions toward their infants or handle them roughly are likely to find themselves with aggressive kindergartners. That’s bad news, because behavioral aggression at age 5 is linked to aggression later in life, even toward future romantic partners. So if you find yourself in a cycle of angry parent, angry baby, angrier parent, try to break free. It will ease your problems in the long run.
Tend to Your Mental Health
If you suspect you might be depressed, get help — for your own sake and your child’s. Research suggests that depressed moms struggle with parenting and even show muted responses to their babies’ cries compared with healthy moms. Depressed moms with negative parenting styles may also contribute to their children’s stress, according to 2011 research finding that kids raised by these mothers are more easily stressed out by the preschool years. The findings seem glum, but researchers say they’re hopeful, because positive parenting can be taught even when mom or dad are struggling with their own mental health.
Last But Not Least, Know Your Kids
Everyone thinks they know the best way to raise a child. But it turns out that parenting is not one-size-fits-all. In fact, kids whose parents tailor their parenting style to the child’s personality have half the anxiety and depression of their peers with more rigid parents, according to a study published in August 2011 in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. It turns out that some kids, especially those with trouble regulating their emotions, might need a little extra help from Mom or Dad. But parents can inadvertently hurt well-adjusted kids with too much hovering. The key, said lead researcher Liliana Lengua of the University of Washington, is stepping in with support based on a child’s cues.
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International education rankings are going to test a very different type of skill next year.
The Pisa tests, which compare teenagers’ ability in reading, maths and science, for the first time are also going to test “global competence”.
It’s a significant departure to move from maths puzzles and literacy tests to asking questions about fake news, global warming and racism.
The inaugural tests for global competence will take place in about 80 countries next year – and the results are going to be pushed centre-stage in the following round of Pisa rankings.
The tests, run every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, have become among the most widely used measures for global education standards.
And for each round of tests, one subject is chosen as the headline measure used to construct the international league table.
That lead subject is going to be the new global competence tests, when the results of tests taken in 2018 are published in 2019.
It could mean a very different set of countries at the top of the rankings, rather than the current cluster, which includes Singapore, South Korea, Finland and Canada.
But how do you assess global competence? What does it actually mean?
This week the OECD set out its framework for the new test and the thinking behind its introduction.
It’s intended to find out how well young people can understand other people’s views and cultures, how they can look beyond the partisan echo chamber of social media and distinguish reliable evidence from fake news.
It’s a challenge to intolerance and extremism.
Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s director of education, says that international promises about the right to “quality education for all” now have to mean more than the “foundation knowledge” of maths, reading and science, it also needs to be about “learning to live together”.
The economic think tank says there has been so much “indiscriminate violence” in the name of ethnic or religious differences, that young people need to be taught about living alongside people of other cultures.
There are other driving factors, says the OECD, including the debate about immigration and refugees and the polarising impact of social networking, where people can be disconnected from anyone not sharing their views.
“It will help the many teachers who work every day to combat ignorance, prejudice and hatred, which are at the root of disengagement, discrimination and violence,” says Mr Schleicher.
The tests want to find out how well students can critically examine local and global contemporary issues and how well they can understand “multiple cultural perspectives”.
As an example, the OECD suggests a question about different interpretations of evidence for global warming, in which the same information seems to have been used to produce charts supporting and opposing claims about climate change.
Students are asked to analyse the evidence and to question how data might be used selectively or how the findings of research can be influenced by whomever has funded it.
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Another set of questions are based on a scenario in which a team loses when a player walks off the pitch after getting racist abuse. Should the player have stuck it out rather than leaving the team a player down?
It’s meant to raise questions about identity, responsibility, regulations on behaviour and the politics of the crowd.
As well as questions, there will also be information gathered about students’ attitudes towards people from other cultures, interest in other countries and languages, global inequality and the environment.
But this is difficult territory – and a long way from the neater clarity of a maths answer.
International rankings have tended to be based on subjects where comparisons in results are more straightforward.
This latest set of tests talks about “valuing human dignity and diversity” and the “need to live harmoniously in multicultural communities”.
It’s a much more culturally loaded proposition.
But Mr Schleicher says young people need to navigate a globalised economy and to communicate and empathise with people from different countries and backgrounds.
There’s also a more assertive underlying message of internationalism and cultural openness.
The OECD’s origins lie in the reconstruction efforts in the “rubble of Europe after World War Two”, part of a drive to bolster international co-operation, market economies and democratic institutions.
It is now literally putting these values to the test.