John Corcoran, a teacher, taught for…

John Corcoran, a teacher, taught for 17 years while being illiterate. He struggled in the 6th grade and never learned to read or write, and cheated his way through college. At the age of 47, he finally learned when he was inspired by Barbara Bush advocating for adult literacy.

Take a Look at These Commonly Used Words That Are Actually Acronyms

Did you know there are words in the English language (recognized by Webster) that were once acronyms? I suppose they could still be considered acronyms, but our lexicon has adopted them as pieces of vocabulary in their own right.

Here are a few interesting words that were once abbreviations.

5. L.A.S.E.R

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LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The first laser was invented in 1960, but had a different name: LOSER. The “O” stood for ocsillation, because a laser (light) is technically an optical oscillator not an optical amplifier. But as the acronym rapidly spread, oscillation was later replaced by amplification. For obvious reasons.

4. C.A.R.E. Packages

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CARE packages started in 1945 after the end of World War II. Care stood for the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe, a group that started preparing packages filled with leftover “humanitarian aid to millions starving in post-war Europe.” explains, “These first ‘CARE Packages’ contained everything from whole-milk powder and liver loaf to margarine and coffee. The contents of CARE Packages soon expanded to include soap, diapers, school supplies, and medicine as well as fabric, thread, and needles to allow recipients to make and mend clothes.”

3. Navy S.E.A.L.

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The SEALs are a group of America’s toughest and most elite navy professionals. Their name stands for “SEa, Air, and Land”. This special operations force adopted the name “SEAL” because of their training and duties spanned “all environments (sea, air, and land)”.

2. S.C.U.B.A.

This well-known activity has been around since 1939. It was first used in military applications, but is now widely enjoyed by vacationers for entertainment, biologists for scientific research, and in many other circumstances. But it wasn’t coined “SCUBA” until 1952.

Wikipedia states, “In the U.S. Major Christian J. Lambertsen invented an underwater free-swimming oxygen rebreather in 1939. In 1952 he patented a modification of his apparatus, this time named SCUBA (an acronym for “self-contained underwater breathing apparatus“).

1. Z.I.P. Codes

As we all know, this term is used to help the post office designate what township or region a building or home location resides. It means Zone Improvement Plan Code.

The ZIP code “was chosen to suggest that the mail travels more efficiently and quickly (zipping along) when senders use the code in the postal address.”

Before ZIP codes’ inception, delivering mail was taxing. Robert Moon, a career postal employee, created the first codes, consisting of only 3 numbers that notated each central mail processing facility. It wasn’t until 1963 that the ZIP codes expanded to five numbers so as to have more combinations available to accurately reflect area.

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A College Drop-Out Spent 11 Years in Bed Due to Mysterious Illness, Invented a Surgery to Cure Himself

At 21 years of age, Doug Lindsay was forced to drop out of college due to a mysterious condition that doctors were unable to solve for the next 11 years — until he invented his own cure.

Doug spent the years of his illness mostly confined to a hospital bed at home in St. Louis, Missouri. His symptoms included weakness, dizziness, and a racing heartbeat. He couldn’t stand for more than a few minutes at a time.

Doctors were stumped; no treatments seemed to help. The condition was hereditary, however. Doug’s mom suffered from the same thing, as did his aunt.

While at school, Doug had picked up a 2200-page endocrinology textbook, hoping to use it to figure out his mother’s condition. From it, he determined that his illness stemmed from his adrenal glands.

During his many years of bedridden life, he continued to immerse himself in medical research and old medical textbooks. He also consulted with specialists from endocrinology, neurology, internal medicine, and other specialties.

This work eventually led Doug to experiment with a new drug for his condition, which allowed him to be active for short periods of time around the house. In 2006, he came up with a diagnosis: bilateral adrenal medullary hyperplasia. In other words, his adrenal glands were producing too much adrenaline.

This discovery led Doug to invent a surgery to cure the problem, without ever even having obtained a college degree. After finally convincing a surgeon to try his new operation (pioneering a surgery is not at all simple), in 2010 and 2012, he underwent surgeries to remove the medullas from his adrenal glands, curbing his adrenaline production.

Doug still has to take medication for his condition — but he has his life back. He now works as a medical consultant and serves as an inspiration to chronic illness sufferers around the world.

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“I couldn’t be an assistant manager at Trader Joe’s. I don’t have the physical ability for that,” Doug said. “But I can travel and give speeches and go for walks. And I can try to change the world.”

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A college math professor wrote…

A college math professor wrote a fantasy “novel” workbook to teach the fundamentals of calculus. Concepts are taught through the adventures of a man who has washed ashore in the mystic land of Carmorra and the hero helps people faced with difficult mathematical problems.

A Kindergarten Teacher Shared the Unfiltered Reasons About Why She Quit Teaching

As a profession, teaching is grossly underrated and underpaid. Unfortunately, many excellent teachers leave their classrooms each year because of burnout.

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Teachers need many skills within the classroom–time management, crowd control, creative writing and design, along with proven mastery of the curriculum and limitless patience.

Kindergarten is no exception.

One kindergarten teacher decided to post on Facebook about her experiences in the classroom and why she realized she had to leave.

The filter comes off now..I think it's easier for people to believe that I left teaching because of the lousy pay. …

Posted by Jessica Gentry on Thursday, June 13, 2019

She begins by saying her decision to leave was not about the money. Although she knows it would be easier and more comfortable for people to believe that, she personally felt she needed to speak out.

The filter comes off now.

I think it’s easier for people to believe that I left teaching because of the lousy pay. It was easier for my former HR director to believe it was because I found something that I was more passionate about. Some would allow them to assume that… let them be comfortable in their assumptions because your truth may lead to discomfort of others. Well… I’m not some. That ain’t me 💁‍♀️.

The truth, as she explains it, is that teachers are leaving the profession in droves, not because of the poor pay, but because of the parents.

Let me tell you why those who ooze passion for teaching are leaving the occupation like their hair is on fire…

She believes blaming the kids is part of the problem.

1. The old excuse “the kids have changed”. No. No friggin way. Kids are kids. PARENTING has changed. SOCIETY has changed. The kids are just the innocent victims of that. Parents are working crazy hours, consumed by their devices, leaving kids in unstable parenting/coparenting situations, terrible media influences… and we are going to give the excuse that the KIDS have changed? What did we expect them to do? Kids behave in undesirable ways in the environment they feel safest. They test the water in the environment that they know their mistakes and behaviors will be treated with kindness and compassion. For those “well behaved” kids–they’re throwing normal kid tantrums at home because it’s safe. The kids flipping tables at school? They don’t have a safe place at home. Our classrooms are the first place they’ve ever heard ‘no’, been given boundaries, shown love through respect. Cue “the kids have changed” 🙄.

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The push for technology in the classroom has edged out the teaching of social skills.

2. In the midst of all of this… our response is we need to be “21st Century” schools. 1 to 1 student to technology. Oh. Okay. So forget the basics of relationship building and hands on learning. Kids already can’t read social cues and conduct themselves appropriately in social settings… let’s toss more devices at them because it looks good on our website. During an interview, one division asked me “how are you with technology? That’s important to us”. Uhhh… I hear Bobo the chimpanzee is pretty tech savvy… I consider myself pretty great with kids 🙄.

Because of the push for technology, teachers, including kindergarten teachers are taken out of the classroom and away from the students, leaving little time for planning and actual teaching.

3. And since our technology approach doesn’t seem to be working, teachers must need more training. So take away two planning periods a week. And render that time utterly worthless when it comes to ADDING to the quality of the instruction. Just this year, a new math assessment was introduced for K teachers. We had to attend a training on a school day (time missed with students) then it took us THREE WEEKS to administer it… one on one… to 21 students. Such. A. Waste. All of the info I could have told you about them without taking away from precious instructional time.

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Gentry hears from parents who object to attendance policies, demand to go on field trips only to spend the time on cell phones and ignore teacher-parent conference times.

4. Instead of holding parents accountable… and making them true partners, we’ve adopted a customer service mindset. I’ve seen the Facebook rants about attendance and getting “the letter”. Well, here’s the thing… I can’t teach your child if he’s not in school 🤷‍♀️. I was cussed out by parents who wanted to attend field trips but missed the THREE notes that went home–and when they did attend a trip, sat on their phone the entire time. I’ve had parents stand me up multiple times on Conference Days then call to tattle on me when I refused to offer an after school option. I’ve had parents tell me that I’m not allowed to tell their child ‘no’…

If Gentry is not allowed to say, “no,” she can’t be expected to teach children the proper ways to behave. She says the stress of seeing children neglected wears on her mentally and physically.

5. My mental and physical health was in jeopardy Knowing that your kids need and deserve more than they’re getting. Sitting in one meeting after another, begging for more support, only to be told ‘don’t lose sleep over them’… when you LOVE your kids and are PASSIONATE about your mission… these messages tear you apart. Watching them come in… dirty clothes… chaos at home… and knowing they need more than you can give them in a classroom of 21, with less and less support, multple languages spoken, several different disabilities… it breaks you. We become emotional eaters. We become couch potatoes to zone out. We become so short fused that our families suffer.

Genrty ends her post by saying leaving her profession behind was her only option if she wanted to be the best mother and advocate for her own child. Getting out of the classroom will also let her help parents and kids more effectively.

So… that’s why.

I finally realized… you can’t save them all. You can’t even help 21 if you aren’t healthy yourself. If your mental and physical health aren’t a focus, you aren’t even good for the 21.

I left my retirement fund… my paid sick leave (46 days left on the table, unpaid). I didn’t leave for better pay.

I decided to start with my 1 at home… and work to help other mommas be able to show up for their ones at home. Because… I really do believe it starts there ❤ I found something that allows me to impact the environments that those 21 go home to. I found something that I can make an impact with… that doesn’t leave my tank empty, rendering me useless for others.

I may have left the classroom… but I am still advocating for those kiddos. It just looks different now.

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Her post went viral for being honest, real and right. Comments from fellow parents and teachers were overwhelmingly supportive of her message.

As parents, we are doing our children a disservice when we aren’t present for them. And when great teachers are leaving our kids behind as a result, it’s time for a change.

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A School Discovered Chalkboards from 1917 During a Renovation, and It Gives a Rare Look into the Past

Renovations can be fun and exciting for a number of reasons. There’s the obvious “you get to make something new again, just the way you like it” fun, but, oftentimes, unexpected surprises show up when people start tearing out walls and cabinets.

And that’s exactly what happened when Emerson High School went under the knife for a routine updating.

Workers on the Oklahoma City site were tearing out chalkboards in order to make room for modern Smart Boards when they stumbled on older chalkboards underneath the more recent ones. They stopped and looked closer, startled by the realization that they were actually much, much older – like, they were from 1917, old.

Not only that, but the 100-year-old boards had been covered up, lessons and all, with drawings from a century ago still bright and undisturbed.

The result is a pretty cool peek into what went on in classrooms in the middle of the 20th century.

The dates on the board range from late November to early December, and the majority of the illustrations seem to be teaching about the celebration of Thanksgiving, says English teacher Cinthea Comer.

“It was so eerie because the colors were so vibrant, it looked like it was drawn the same day. To know that it was drawn 100 years ago…it’s like you’re going into a looking glass into the past.”

Principal Sherry Kishore says that she loved getting a look at how much things have changed – like an outdated method for teaching multiplication – but also how other lessons have remained fundamentally the same.

They were surprised to find, however, a slightly different version of the Pledge of Allegiance, one that read “I give my head, my heart, and my life to my God and One nation indivisible with justice for all.”

Strange, especially considering that the Pledge, as it is said today, was established in 1892.

It also contains a lesson on hygiene, which is no longer taught in schools (though I’m sure some teachers wish that it was – especially in middle school!). The lesson came with a list of rules like “take my bath often” and “wash my teeth.”

Principal Kishore called the surprise the highlight of her career, and both she and the school district are working to ensure the boards are preserved for generations to come.

As nice as technology is, I don’t think a Smart Board could do that.

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People Share Embarrassing School Moments When Teachers and Periods Collided

The ladies reading this have been here.

You’re sitting in class, minding your own biz… and then it hits. That time of the month.

A moment of panic? Yes. You ask to use the restroom. Teacher says no.

Wait… what?!

If you’re anything like these 15 students, that day was not a good day.

Let’s take a look…

1. Murdered dead

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2. Huh… guess she’s a great liar!

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3. Yikes!

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4. What the hell is a “no bathroom” rule?!

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5. Ewwwwwww….

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6. Boom. Savage.

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7. Well, you probably ARE an actress…

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8. Payback is a…

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9. Don’t ever do this if you’re a teacher…

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10. A comedy of errors…

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11. What a dick!

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12. HAHAHAHAHA… this one!

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13. Well, that’s good improvisation…

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14. Good!

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15. That’s always an option…

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If you’re a teacher… HOW do you not know how to handle something like this?!

Come on people…

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Did You Know the 16th Century Had Its Own Version of Facebook?

In the 16th century, young people in the Netherlands and the Rhineland might not have had Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter, but they were way ahead of their time. Instead, they had what they called alba amicorum, which means “friend books” in Latin.

In the books, the nobility of 1560 and later traded thoughts, commented on others’ opinions, sought advice, and celebrated their favorite songs. The books also doubled as both yearbooks and as a sort of LinkedIn recommendation, as young men traveled abroad and met scholars, philosophers, scientists, and other students to complete their education. They would ask these people to write a quick entry in their alba amicorum, or sometimes, if the new friend was an artist, to draw an illustration.


Women of the 16th century didn’t have much opportunity for travel or education, which tended to make their friend books more personal and, for us, more revealing. They drew in each other’s books, traded secrets, gossip, and inside jokes, and the women’s books were generally less organized and pretty than those kept by the men. But, I’m guessing, they are a lot more fun to read.


“The alba kept by women are mostly full of ugly, busy pages on which up to 15 people scribbled down their name, motto, or a short saying,” says Sophie Reinders, a Dutch Ph.D. student specializing in the alba amicorum.

So, they may not have contained links, hilarious GIFs, or daily memes, but they did often include song lyrics, poetry, pictures, memories of great events, and things of the like. When two people married, they would announce their union with new, joint entries. Kind of like changing your relationship status, I suppose.


Basically, these were prettier, more personal ways to show off your popularity, as well as the status and stature of your friends around the continent. I, for one, would love to bring this back even if it would mean forcing people to interact again face-to-face.

A real-life Facebook. What a concept.

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These Stories Illustrate How Powerfully the Student Debt System Negatively Affects People’s Lives

America’s student debt crisis is a hot-button issue not just for graduates and universities, but for politicians as well. Some are arguing for debt forgiveness and eventually free education, while others believe the system is working just fine the way it has been for years.

All of these posts will make you feel for these folks and it might even remind you of your own financial situation.

Take a look.

1. Sad, but true

2. Not the same

3. Yikes

4. In a nutshell

5. Mystifying

6. The short end of the stick

7. A trap

8. Doesn’t seem right…

9. Punished for success

10. Triggered

11. No way around the truth

12. That is unbelievable

13. F it all

14. Like a prison

What do you think about this incredibly divisive topic?

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Students Will Definitely Relate to These Tweets

College is great but it’s also chock full of stress, doubt, raging emotions, and a whole lotta booze (for many students).

These tweets about student life will look verrrrrrry familiar to a lot of you out there.

1. Totally common sense

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2. Nothing out of the ordinary

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3. I need to have a LIFE

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4. Really?

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5. A whole new (graffiti) ballgame

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6. Silence is not golden

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7. So true

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8. LOL

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9. 100 level courses are rough

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10. Yes, Mother

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11. Total chaos

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12. Impressed?

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13. Go ahead and type it into the cutting board

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14. What’s the point?

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15. Comedy routine

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I see you there and I notice you’re not studying, young person…

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