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CYA-Neva: Guidelines for Digital Dumping

By Chris_DikenApril 22, 2009
You’ve probably heard at least a snippet of that old tune “Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do.” Well, we at SparkNotes would like to revise that sentiment, because technology now makes breaking up much easier to do. Conversations starting with “I feel like... More  →

Ad-ucation: The Untapped Commercial Potential of the Classroom

By Jeff_AlexanderApril 22, 2009
Think you've seen ads everywhere you can see ads? Well, you haven't--unless you're a student of Mr. Harrison at Pocatello High School in Pocatello, Idaho. Students sitting down for a test in Mr. Harrison's class were treated to an ad for a local pizza joint. What... More  →

Auntie SparkNotes Is Totally Freaking Out Right Now

By kat_rosenfieldApril 21, 2009
This week, we’ve been seeing intermittent snippets of advice-seeking from one person…snippets which, frankly, are starting to alarm us. It started like this: there is this guy who i even don’t know if i like or love but he’s just after me. And he is…just insecure…but... More  →

I'll Never Lego

By kat_rosenfieldApril 21, 2009
If you ever played with Legos, you know that they are the greatest toy-slash-architectural-tool ever to grace the face of our fair planet. Here at SparkNotes, we smile whenever we think of the youthful hours we once spent building Lego cities, designing Lego cars, cooking... More  →

Six Species of Substitute Teacher

By Chris_DikenApril 21, 2009
Hmmm, there’s strange man standing at the front of your English class. At first glance he appears to be a cardboard cutout of Abraham Lincoln, but then you realize—hooray!—it’s a sub. And your eyes did not totally deceive you, because he’s got a really sweet beard. Having... More  →

The Real Magic School Bus...err, Plane

By Katie_RolnickApril 21, 2009
Wouldn't it be super-fantabulous if you didn't have to sit in a bland, cookie-cutter, concrete-walled classroom? We know, we too used to long for the Magic School Bus and Ms. Frizzle to carry us away from those drab surroundings. If only we were... More  →

Extracurriculars: The Home Schoolers' Guide

By Jeff_AlexanderApril 21, 2009
You might think that students who get home schooled would miss out on a lot of the things that other students enjoy. But that doesn't have to be the case. For instance, did you know there are home school science fairs, where home schooled students from around their... More  →

The Perfect Homework Environment

By Dan_BergsteinApril 20, 2009
According to interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, it's important to have a proper work area for homework and other household activities, dubbed The Family Workspace. This isn't just a kitchen table or a patch of rug in front of the TV, but an... More  →

Yippie-Ki-Yay, Mister Falcon! (And Other "Bullspit" Overdubs)

By kat_rosenfieldApril 20, 2009
Somebody had better fetch my grandma her smelling salts: According to the folks at AdAge, some guy said the f-word on last night’s debut episode of Southland, and the censors bleeped it out, but you could still totally tell what... More  →

17 Again: The Pros and Cons of Time Travel

By Katie_RolnickApril 20, 2009
17 Again, the movie starring Tom Hanks, I mean Lindsay Lohan...I MEAN Zac Efron opened this past weekend. Since this is the nth generation in a genre of time-swapping, family-friendly films, we kind of know what to expect: Adult sees through child's... More  →