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Comedic play for class of mostly lower income urban students

So, I am teaching this class that is your typical freshman comp class in a community college, and I am trying to balance inflicting Hamlet on them with some really good contemporary comedic plays. I don't know comedies well at all, frankly, and would love some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Jul 7, 2013 - 22 answers

Teaching life skills to adults?

I just started a new job where I'll be working primarily with adults with developmental disabilities. Trouble is, I don't have much experience doing that! I know things will get easier as I gain more experience, but I'd like to get a head start. What resources might be of help to me? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Jul 6, 2013 - 7 answers

No you can't go to our university! We screwed up. Sorry!

How do I respond to the University of Barcelona rescinding my acceptance for a Master's program? You know, and hopefully to reverse the decision. Apparently they made an error regarding my qualifications. (mods, please take out the university name if it's possibly a bad idea for me to include it here) Last Friday, two days after an interview I received the following email from the University. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jul 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Tips for learning english on vacation.

Hi. I'm a Portuguese student and I'm going to spend two weeks of my summer vacations on Leeds, England since I have an aunt there that invited me. I would like to spend my time practicing my English but I don't know what to do or where to go. Where can I meet new people (of my age range preferably: 20's), have a good conversation, listen to other people talk, ...? Your help will be much appreciated!
posted by tsuwal on Jul 3, 2013 - 6 answers

I want to go back to school for Medicine. I'm 35.

I can't find a job in my industry now for four months, which has pushed me to limits of madness. I am kind of tired of my chosen industry, and I have been considering going back to school to utilize my skills as a Lighting expert to get a degree in Optometry. I have a wife who can work, but her training is Canadian and her monthly tops off at around $1500. Is it possible to go back to school for 4 years and live as a 35 year old? Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by Snell's Constant on Jul 1, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me become a Cinema4D expert in a year

I have decided that in a year's time I would like to be a Cinema 4D expert-- or at least more of an expert than I am now. What are the best resources out there for me to make that happen? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Jun 25, 2013 - 1 answer

Which zoos in NE USA/Canada offer animal encounters?

I am looking for a zoo which offers a "behind the scenes" encounter with monkeys, ideally in North East USA/Canada. [more inside]
posted by unlaced on Jun 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Separating Twins into Different Classes at School?

My (boy / girl) twins will be entering kindergarten this September. We've been asked if we want them placed into separate classes, or left together in the same class. Need to give them our answer by Monday and frankly, I'm at a loss and have no idea what I should do. If you are a parent of school-age or older twins, can you please share what you did and why? If you yourself are a twin, how did your parents handle it? How did it work out? Other knowledgeable anecdotes and advice welcome. Links to any online resources I can read on the topic would also be appreciated.
posted by zarq on Jun 22, 2013 - 28 answers

Any opinions on graduate schools of banking?

Is attending a graduate school of banking worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Jun 19, 2013 - 2 answers

Mead Baffles Man, Kids At Stake

My kids' elementary school uses this Margaret Mead quotation on a banner in their Independence Day float, and every year it bugs the heck out out of me: "Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else." Without any context, I struggle to understand the tone of these two sentences. Is this a heartwarming celebration of individuality? Or is this some kind of snarky put-down of same? If it's the latter, what kind of misbegotten school am I sending my kids to?
posted by baseballpajamas on Jun 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Education That Make You Sweat

Kinda fit 20ish guy in NYC looking for classes that have physical activity as a large component. I'm not looking for sports teams or exercise classes, but " learn a skill/a thing" classes that just happen to require you to lift, run, haul, etc. A spinning class would be out, but horseback riding would be a bit closer ( but not actually horseback riding). Ideally I could get to this class on the subway.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 15, 2013 - 28 answers

Looking for video of televised college or courses from 70s or 80s.

I know that there were iterations, possibly only in Britain, of college courses on television. Does anyone know where I might find video examples of these early versions of lecture capture? I would settle for high school courses on TV even. [more inside]
posted by tunewell on Jun 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Educate me on modern mathematics!

My math knowledge ends just past Newton. What books provide a good, relatively general-audience introduction to the past 150-250 years of problems and developments in mathematics? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Jun 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Graduation anxiety, is it silly to repeat the last of year of college?

Hi Metafilter, I'm about to graduate this Summer from a college in Europe. It's for a creative profession and I'm currently honesty considering to repeat the year. Considering the circumstances (more below), would it be silly to volunteer a rerun of the year? [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Jun 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Work in IT with an unrelated degree, what's next educational steps?

Long story short, I have a Gen Ed Bachelors (with about 4 unrelated minors. I like to learn new things) and have worked in IT moving my way up from a general Helpdesk tech into a Senior tech position over the last 4 years. I'm ready to learn and move forward into a new position and probably a new company. I'd like to increase my education though and I'm not quite sure what are reasonable options. Obviously a Masters is nice but frankly, I struggle whether it's worth the cost. I've already got plenty of student loans and I'm rather cash strapped so finances is an important consideration. A local community college offers Associates in Network Administration or Programming for 2 years or 1 year certificate programs in either. There's also the obvious certifications such as A+, etc. Do I really need a masters at this point or would I be better served with a combination of other options? Any suggestions are much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by guyarcher on Jun 6, 2013 - 7 answers

I don't know what I want to be when I'm grown up.

30 year old needs a new job, possibly a whole new education. Need suggestions! [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Jun 3, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I learn to read peer-reviewed studies comfortably?

I come from an engineering background rather than a research background, and I find myself lacking in vocabulary when it comes to understanding research papers, particularly when they start talking about ANOVA analyses, F(x) effect sizes and p values. I can skim through the results of a study and see that certain numbers are bigger than other numbers, but I don't really know how to tell whether what I'm seeing is significant. I'm guessing that I'm missing basic education in statistics. Can I fix this in a simple way?
posted by sdis on May 28, 2013 - 9 answers

I saw my Grad school letter of reccomendation and the school knows.

Is this going to be counted against me? Should I take any action? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on May 28, 2013 - 22 answers

Do you think college is worth it?

I'm having second thoughts about going back to school, not only because i've seen a lot of people graduate and not be able to find a job so they can pay off their $30,000 loans but also because they might be over qualified for it or underqualified. If not that, then i'm kind of worried with the field i want to go into it would be really hard to find a job here(united states), and i'm starting to wonder if i would be better off buying text books/books and just teaching myself what i want to learn. What's your opinion on college? Do you feel like it's worth it anymore?
posted by earthquakeglue on May 27, 2013 - 53 answers

Keeping post-J.D. hopelessness at bay?

I graduated from law school this month. I got great grades, and have a good job lined up that will keep me busy for three years after the bar exam and before entering law firm life. The problem is that I'm the new cliche: I have accumulated close to $250,000 in educational debt through undergrad and grad school and I don't want to be a lawyer. At all. Blizzard to follow. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on May 26, 2013 - 30 answers

How was William James Sidis educated?

What were Boris Sidis' child-rearing methods? Or how can one find anything on that topic? I understand some hypnotism was allegedly involved, but I can't find any solid journals studying the method. More broadly, how does one systematically nurture a love of learning?
posted by Smedleyman on May 24, 2013 - 6 answers

What is the best non-fiction book for kids in your field of study/work?

My kids (currently 6 and 9) have become voracious readers. We have a large and varied collection of excellent fiction for them, but the non-fiction collection is more haphazard. They love learning new facts as they read (the type of thing that makes them look up from the book and say, "Did you know...?"). I want to make sure that the collection of books gives them a good introduction to fields where I myself may not have enough knowledge to judge the quality/accuracy of the book. So what's the kid's book in your field that makes you say, "If only every kid got to read this book, people would understand [topic] better."? [more inside]
posted by winston on May 18, 2013 - 19 answers

Did My Education Creditor Forget I Owe Money?

I went back to school to get some certificates. During the two years since I finished, I have never received even one invoice for my education debt. I have not been contacted in any way. I can't even figure out who I owe money to. Am I going to be in trouble? [more inside]
posted by matt_arnold on May 16, 2013 - 25 answers

How can I relearn Spanish?

I studied Spanish in high school and college, and I even spent a semester abroad in Spain. At that point, I was very proficient at reading, writing, and speaking it. Sadly, in the 8 years since graduation, I feel as though I have forgotten everything. I am looking to get into a field where knowing Spanish would be very helpful, and I am trying to figure out the best way to both relearn what I knew (and possible go beyond that). Obviously for speaking, I will need to get out there and practice, but before that, should I just pick up my old textbooks and get going? Or, is there a better way?
posted by aka_anon on May 15, 2013 - 14 answers

another PhD drop out thread

Considering dropping out of 1st year humanities PhD program. Terrified of starving on the streets. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2013 - 21 answers

Suggestions for a graduate in Classics Civilizations?

A relative is graduating from Trinity College, majoring in Classics. Getting her through school was long and difficult. I want to give her something. Her parents could afford any book she wanted, so rare editions are out. Any ideas on a nice gift?
posted by ebesan on May 11, 2013 - 10 answers

ISO Educational Statistics: # of history students/faculty

Looking for statistical information on how many students study history at the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. level in various non-US countries. [more inside]
posted by agent99 on May 9, 2013 - 1 answer

Name my Etsy store

You guys did a great job naming my vintage self-help blog. Now help me name an Etsy store that will focus mainly on items I picked up at school district auctions. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on May 4, 2013 - 25 answers

RapGenius clone?

I am trying to build a blended learning web-app for a professor to replace his Blackboard-based discussion forum. I think a great model is RapGenius's annotation system. Do open-source clones exist for this? Any out-of-the-box tools I can quickly hack together to mimic RapGenius's annotation system? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on May 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Goodbye songs for a flash mob of dancing elementary-school teachers

Help me find a goodbye song for a flash mob of dancing elementary-school teachers on the last day of school. [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls on May 1, 2013 - 7 answers

Online course on Monitoring & Evaluation with certificate?

I'm looking for an online course on monitoring and evaluation, with a focus on international development projects. The MIT JPAL course on Evaluating Social Programs would be ideal, but MIT's OCW doesn't provide any kind of documentation that I can use to show I've completed the course. I'm not looking for a diploma mill, but it would be very helpful to have a some kind of document to present to an employer that demonstrates I've completed the work. More broadly, if you have taken online courses - particularly those that do not offer any certification - what language have you used in describing that on your CV and to your employer?
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on May 1, 2013 - 1 answer

How best to help people, "officially", with no college.

So after spending a few years unemployed, and starting my own business, I'm exploring my options for creating my next chapter. Help me figure out a path. ObDifficulty: I have no undergrad degree. [more inside]
posted by softlord on May 1, 2013 - 18 answers

How to decide between 2 Grad Programs: Chicago vs Boston

Hey All, I would love some advice. I am not sure what to do. So I am going to grad school in health policy. Option A is to attend a University in Boston. I have applied and been accepted. Now Boston is twice as expensive as the local university in Chicago. However, I plan to apply for a scholarship to attend Boston. I will not find out if I am awarded this scholarship until the summer. If I am a recipient of the scholarship it comes with a 50% tuition waiver. One of the benefits of the scholarship is that there is a leadership development component and you are assigned a mentor, who is a leader in the field, in the Boston area. To apply for the scholarship, I have to commit and accept the offer to attend the school. However, if I do not get the scholarship, I would financially not be able to attend the school. So you might be able to see where this is going. On the one hand, I would like to start looking for housing and a roommate in Boston (I understand cost of living is much higher than Chicago, so I am a little freaked about that) right now, but how can I do this if I do not know if I will be attending the program? [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on Apr 30, 2013 - 9 answers

Safety eyewear for a plush rodent

Where can I find safety goggles or glasses for a Beanie Baby mouse? This is for Science. [more inside]
posted by beandip on Apr 29, 2013 - 16 answers

How do I tell my parents I am taking a break from school?

My parents are seem to lack trust in my ability to manage my own life. They are controlling, have a strong tendency to emotionally overreact. How do I tell my parents I am taking a break from school with them overreacting? My mother is currently undergoing cancer treatment and I am concerned she will “worry herself sick” over me taking a break from school. [more inside]
posted by lovecricket on Apr 29, 2013 - 13 answers

Is this master's in software worth pursuing?

I have the opportunity to pursue this master's in software program for free. I jumped on the opportunity, but now as my first semester winds to a close, I'm beginning to wonder just how valuable this actually is. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Apr 26, 2013 - 11 answers

How can I relearn high school subjects?

I want to relearn algebra, chemistry, basic mechanics, and basic physics this summer. For free? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Apr 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Video Editing and Film Making Seminar Recommendations

Does anyone have an recommendations for good video editing or film making seminars? I've got a pretty good background in filming and editing, but, looking to expand my knowledge and have a budget. Can be anywhere in the lower 48 states.
posted by trbrts on Apr 18, 2013 - 3 answers

"And remember, children, always subvert the dominant paradigm..."

Is it possible to be a public school teacher if you have a strong anti-authoritarian mentality? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Apr 16, 2013 - 24 answers

What will education look like in the future?

I'm looking for movies and TV shows that have futuristic depictions of education. Can you help me find them? [more inside]
posted by madred on Apr 11, 2013 - 16 answers

Deciding to transition away from the legal profession-- too soon?

I'm a law student in Ontario, just about done 2 years out of 3. I absolutely hate the academic aspect of it, and I'm pretty miserable. I didn't particularly enjoy the practice experiences I've had either, at 3 different legal-aid type clinics working as a student in family law, criminal law, and landlord/tenant matters. I have invested a lot of money into pursuing this law degree. Should I be giving serious thought to finding something else to do with my life as soon as I graduate, or should I stick it out and work my hardest to try to get a paying job in the legal profession, in the hopes that I will be able to pay off my student loan debt? [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Apr 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Creative jobs outside of education, possibly finance/math-related?

What jobs outside of education would fit my interests and experiences (most of which are education-related)? Are there jobs related to my math major that will appeal to my need for creative outlets in my work? [more inside]
posted by violetish on Apr 9, 2013 - 9 answers

So why are you studying Arabic?

I am currently in my third year of university and am majoring in both Arabic and the International Studies: Middle East. I'm coming to the end of a year language immersion studying abroad and I am becoming worried because I don't have very specific goals for the future of my Arabic studies. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Apr 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Zillions Magazine equivalents for Kids These Days?

Are there any current equivalents of Zillions Magazine in any format? [more inside]
posted by asperity on Apr 5, 2013 - 3 answers

How does one become an FBI (or similar) agent?

I'm a late-twenties adult finishing my BA a little late. I'm still a little unsure as to what I'd like to do, but I've always had an interest in solving crimes. What are my options for doing this as a career, preferably NOT for a local police department, at least in the long term? [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Apr 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Law school or nursing school?

I'm thinking of getting my Bachelors and going to law school. I'm also thinking of going to nursing school. Is going to law school an absolutely dumb idea at this point? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Apr 1, 2013 - 67 answers

Confined to a bed. Any good educational DVDs/webseries/audiobooks?

I've got some good books to read, and I've got plenty of entertainment-oriented movies to watch. But all day in bed is a long time and I'd like to mix it up with some good educational content. The only examples I have are Khan Academy and Simon Schama's The Power of Art. I'm open to most subjects (although I'd definitely like to get some history in there). For my tastes, TED talks feel a little disposable, and a lot of youtube educational series are presented with kind of hyper "edutainment" style that I find exhausting. Can anyone recommend some stuff that they've enjoyed?
posted by Anonymousness on Mar 31, 2013 - 22 answers

Should I attend App Academy?

Should I attend App Academy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Tax Q: Gettin' divorced, can't claim deductions.

Here's the rub: In February on 2012, I decided to end my marriage. Because I was dead broke, we simply moved apart, split the bank account in two and went our separate ways with the understanding that we'd make a move to formally divorce in the next year. We did not get a legal separation. That divorce is now pending. My soon-to-be-ex-wife filed her taxes 'Married, Filing Separately'. This causing me all kind of tax havoc, including a bill I have no way of paying. More inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2013 - 28 answers

Do you have an awesome job in an awesome field? I want to hear about it

As a counterpoint to this question, which educational/career tracks do offer solid job prospects and a good return on investment (both time and money), secretly or not? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Mar 27, 2013 - 16 answers

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