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Some short takes of interest

Posted 11/6/19

A school in India found a creative but disturbing way to prevent cheating by students during tests: It made the kids wear boxes over their heads with eyeholes cut out, essentially creating blinders …

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Some short takes of interest

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A school in India found a creative but disturbing way to prevent cheating by students during tests: It made the kids wear boxes over their heads with eyeholes cut out, essentially creating blinders like those used on horses, to prevent the kids from looking at neighboring desks.

Once you start treating kids like horses, where does it stop?

The Bhagat Pre-University College in Haveri, in southwestern India, conducted what it called a “trial run” with the boxes as a way of combating cheating. Maybe it sounded better in concept than it looked when someone snapped a photo -- rows of kids with box-covered heads bowed over their desks, some of them with ponytails sticking out -- and posted it online.

Among those outraged by the stunt was a state education minister, who correctly noted that “nobody has the right” to treat “students like animals.” The St. Louis (Mo.) Post-Dispatch reported that the school quickly backed off the practice and issued an apology.

Another short take we read in the Post-Dispatch: It seems that the St. Louis area is still smarting over the loss of their NFL team, the Rams, which took off rather abruptly to California.

The paper reports that the last thing the St. Louis region needs is to continue offering accolades to a team that benefited from millions of dollars in public expenditures, only to skip town with a hearty one-finger salute. St. Louis County should move swiftly forward with County Executive Sam Page’s proposal to obliterate the name Rams Way, the Earth City street formerly known as Innerpark Drive.

Had owner Stan Kroenke departed with even a touch of class, it might have been worth keeping a few Rams memories around as a way of celebrating what once was a happy marriage. Instead, Kroenke and the National Football League allowed the city, county and state to invest heavily in plans to build a new stadium in hopes of keeping the team from leaving for Los Angeles. Upon the team’s abrupt departure after the 2015-2016 season, Kroenke did his best to bad-mouth his former hosts while leaving St. Louis heavily in debt.

Page proposes to rename Rams Way as Athletic Way, which is fine, albeit a bit boring for the street leading to the practice facility now to be used by the new St. Louis XFL BattleHawks franchise.

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