California schools dump grading students.

They plan on relying on teachers writing “narratives” about how the student is doing.

So if your teacher sucks at English comp (like most do unless they actually teach it …. and then there’s doubt there, too) would you want your child the one that’s fucked in this scenario? And as a commenter noted, what colleges are willing to wade through massive mounds of narrative when GPAs give almost instant evaluations?

There is a growing consensus at some Bay Area private high schools that letter grades A through F are outdated. Instead they want to create transcripts with details about each student’s achievements.

“The grading system is pretty broken,” says Kate Reeser, Director at San Domenico School in San Anselmo.

She and other administrators there are exploring a new school of thought when it comes to grading. They want to do away with the concept of letter grades entirely.

“It’s about gaming the system, students no longer care about learning the information it’s about getting the A,” says her Cecily Stock who heads the school.

San Domenico is one of more than 100 schools across the country participating in the mastery transcript consortium. It is a new teaching model that aims to evaluate how well a student has ‘mastered’ a concept. Rather than receiving a letter grade, students will be given a review from their teacher.

“Instead of a B it would look like more of a narrative,” Says Reeser.

The Mastery Transcript Consortium website shows what a sample transcript for a graduating student would look like. A pie chart illustrates what skills the student has mastered, and below it are descriptions of their earned credits tailored to that individual.

San Domenico is one of 14 Bay Area schools participating in this program. It has yet to be implemented, but once it is, students will be allowed to choose between traditional grades, or the mastery transcript model.

Administrators say they see this as the future of education across the board.

“This will not cause students to stop thriving,” says Stock. “If anything it will make efforts feel more worthwhile and the assessments more authentic.”

The new grade-less system is still in the very early stages. Administrators say the earliest a student would graduate from San Domenico with a transcript instead of a GPA is 7 years from now.

The consortium plans to reach out to colleges in an effort to make sure the new method for evaluating students passes muster with admission offices.

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1100 year old Viking sword in amazing condition:

The incredibly well-preserved Viking sword was found by a reindeer hunter on a remote mountain in Southern Norway.

The Glacier Archaeology Program at Oppland County Council was recently notified about the sword, which was found in late August in the high mountains of the Lesja area. “It is a common type of Viking sword – what makes it special is the context and the preservation: It was found at 1640 m [5381 feet] above sea level,” explained Lars Pilø, an archaeologist at Oppland County Council, in an email to Fox News. “To my knowledge, a Viking sword has never been found at such a high altitude before.”

Researchers accompanied hunter Einar Ambakk, who found the sword, back to the site with a metal detector, but were unable to find any other artifacts nearby.

Pilø told Fox News that the sword had been lying on the mountain surface for around 1,100 years. “That a sword should survive more than a thousand years in the open is hard for some people to believe,” he explained, but added that, for professional glacier and high altitude archaeologists, it is less surprising. “Previously we have found iron arrowheads that are even older, with the same degree of preservation,” he added.

Pilø attributed the sword’s incredible preservation to excellent quality of Viking iron, as well as the cold, dry conditions on the mountain. Additionally, the sword was found lying in scree, or small, loose stones, as opposed to soil, which helped preserve it, he said. “Just to be clear: the sword is not from the ice, though of course it would have been covered with snow and ice for much of the year,” he said.

In a post on the Glacier Archaeology Program’s website, Secrets of the Ice, Pilø speculates that, given the inhospitable terrain, it is possible that the sword’s owner became lost during a blizzard. “It seems likely that the sword belonged to a Viking who died on the mountain, perhaps from exposure,” he said. “However, if that is indeed the case, was he traveling in the high mountains with only his sword? It is a bit of a mystery…”

In his email to Fox News, Pilø explained that retreating glaciers and ice patches have revealed a trove of artifacts in Oppland County. “We have more than half of such finds worldwide, the oldest dating back 6,000 years,” he said. “The retreat of mountain glaciers and ice patches here in Oppland is part of a worldwide phenomenon linked to climate change.”

The sword is just the latest fascinating archaeological find in Norway. Last year, for example, archaeologists in Trondheim unearthed the church where Viking King Olaf Haraldsson was first enshrined as a saint.

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Cell phone bomb:

A cellphone ‘bomb’ has been discovered hidden inside a mobile phone by staff screening baggage in an X-ray machine at Mangalore Airport in India.

An IndiGo flight from Mangalore to Dubai was delayed this afternoon when a suspicious “clay-like” item was detected by airport scanners.

The discovery sparked a major security scare as Indian media reported a 26-year-old man travelling to Dubai had been arrested after police were called.

Early reports suggested there was confusion as to whether the device was viable or fake. Sniffer dogs reportedly gave a “mixed signal” if the item was explosive or whether it contained a chemical used to launch a possible gas attack.

Indian media reported a “suspicious clay-like object” was found in the Dubai-bound passenger’s mobile phone which was located in his check-in baggage.

But later it was identified as a disguise for a hand-made power pack.

Mangaluru Police Commissioner TS Suresh said: “It was a self-made power bank and after through check it was allowed to proceed,” according to Times Now News.

A photograph shows red and yellow electrical wires attached to a small silver object similar to a battery pack with a brown-coloured material keeping items in place.

One theory to emerge is that this was a ‘dry run’ by a ‘terrorist sales rep’ or arms dealer who was attempting to show customers how ‘easy’ it was to get the device onto a plane through security – but failed.

Airline IndiGo tweeted: “IndiGo’s alert security screener staff at Mangalore caught a suspect carrying alleged cellphone bomb today.

“The matter has been reported to the local police. Since it is a sensitive security matter we have nothing more to share.”

India’s Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) chief Rajesh Kumar Chandra reportedly ordered the object to be investigated.

The Times of India quoted a senior aviation official who said: “The passenger, M Mohammed, was booked on IndiGo’s flight 6E 877 from Mangalore to Bangalore at 10pm on Tuesday and then he was to travel from Bangalore to Dubai on IndiGo flight 6E 95 Wednesday at 7.20am.

“While screening his checked in baggage at Mangalore, the screener noticed that a power bank was in his bag which looked suspicious (as it showed a green coloured thick image).

“(The screener) did a physical check and opened the power bank to check and noticed a clay like substance in the power bank.”

Times Now News reported the device was later identified as a “fake improvised explosive device”.

IndiGo is a low-cost carrier which is the largest in India in terms of passenger numbers.

The airline flies to 46 domestic and international destinations and its main base is at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.

Mangalore airport operates dozens of flights to domestic and major Middle Eastern cities every day with Doha, Dubai, Kuwait and Bahrain among its most popular routes.

Mangalore Airport is one of two international hubs in the Indian state of Karnataka.

The airport operates flights to Dubai, Doha and other major Middle Eastern cities (Image: Twitter)
It opened on Christmas Day in 1951 and was granted international status in October 2012 – six years after the first overseas flights to Dubai.

In January last year, it was announced the Airports Authority of India had provided 17,000 sq ft of space at an old terminal building to the Indian Coast Guard as headquarters for its air operations.

The Foreign Office warns of terror plots in India especially public places “visited by foreigners”.

It reads: “Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in India.

“Recent attacks have targeted public places including those visited by foreigners.

“There have been recent media reports suggesting Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) interest in attacking targets in India.

“There may be an increased threat to places visited by British nationals such as religious sites, markets, festival venues and beaches.”

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Entire 8 year old football team takes a knee and turns back on the flag.

And their coach attended Mizzou. I didn’t say he “studied.” He attended and played football….another indicator that points to the skin tone.

Every player on the Cahokia Quarterback Club football team (8 and under) took a knee during the national anthem ahead of Sunday’s game at Little Devil’s Field in Belleville.

“One of the kids asked me if I saw (people) protesting and rioting in St. Louis. I said yes; I said, ‘Do you know why they are doing it?’” said Coach Orlando Gooden.

Coach Gooden said his player responded, “Because black people are getting killed and nobody’s going to jail.”

Gooden, who played football at Mizzou, said the kids knew about the Jason Stockley decision.

“I felt like it was a good teaching moment for me to circle the team and have a meeting,” he said.

The coach said he spoke to them about that and other situations that have happened in our country. He then explained why former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the anthem.

“One of the kids asked, ‘Can we do that?’ I said, ‘As long as we know why we’re doing it, I don’t have a problem with any of it.’”

When the anthem started, the Cahokia third graders immediately took a knee where they were standing. Their backs were away from the flag—but not on purpose—according to Gooden.

“What I teach my kids is love, integrity, honesty, fairness, respect and boundaries,” he said.

All the parents on the team supported the coach’s decision to take a knee. However, a Facebook post by Gooden’s wife was met with some backlash.

“As long as I have support of my parents and team, I’m perfectly fine, and I’m covered under the First Amendment to peacefully protest and assemble,” Gooden said.

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