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9/21/2015 | 2:03:03 PM
Re: If Secret Service OKs Ahmed, maybe, Irving School officials should

I completely understand that as Americans are on edge because of the events of the past but profiling a student without just cause and accusing them of a malicious act with no evidence is unconscionable. At the very least tis student deserves an apology from the entire district. If we encourage this type of behavior we will frighten any student from trying anything. We are already creating such limited boxes for our students that make creativity difficult. Issues such as this only exacerbate the educational challenges we face.

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9/18/2015 | 6:31:21 PM
If Secret Service OKs Ahmed, maybe, Irving School officials should
Ariella, that's a great capture of the Steve Wozniak story about being sent to detention for putting an electronic metronone in a friend's locker. If nothing else, we should thank Ahmed for eliciting a bit of Silicon Valley hstory that may not have been told before. I would ask whether any of the adults at the Irving School responsible for the suspension or handcuffing actually knew the 14-year-old. The first reality check might have been: Is this child more likely to bring a gadget or a bomb to school? Clearly, if Ahmed can get past the Secret Service and into the White House, it might have been the former.
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9/17/2015 | 12:22:20 PM
Re: Great, but...
Woz posted this on Facebook:

The story about the kid arrested for making a clock takes me back to high school in 1967. I built an electronic metronome and placed it in a friend's locker, along with a tin-foil switch to speed up the ticking when the locker was opened. I couldn't hold my laughter when Principal Bryld told me how he extracted the 'bomb', ran out to the football field (from the C building), and dismantled it. I wound up spending a night in 'juvie'. I did teach other inmates there how they could remove the electric wires from an overhead fan and attach them to the metal bars no shock the guards.
[I think he meant "to" rather than "no shock the guard.:] In the comments, he notes, "I'd suggest that slight misbehavior is an essential ingredient of creative thinking."


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