People Are Making Jokes About This Man’s Virginity Card That Was Also a Pizza Coupon

Sex education can be uncomfortable for both students and educators, but it’s an extremely valuable way to help young people make the right choices.

Of course, not all sex ed is created equal – especially in the United States.

Andrew Bellinger is a brave soul who tweeted about the laughable time when he signed a “virginity card” that was also redeemable for pizza. His thread went viral, sparking discussion and a whole lot of jokes.

This was a small document Bellinger signed in 2008. Notice that the coupon asks teens to make a pretty big commitment in exchange for some pizza.

Andrew then explained a bit more about the circumstances behind this pizza virginity coupon and some additional “educational” strategies he was exposed to a bit later.

Bellinger also tweeted some excerpts of the textbook used in class.

Bellinger received a lot of sarcastic responses because duh. Could you imagine being obligated to discuss your sex life (or lack thereof) with a stranger in order to redeem a coupon?

Some people shared their own stories about sex ed at school.

Still, most people had a sense of humor about the matter.

Someone managed to sneak in a Clueless reference.

One person reminded Bellinger that it could always be worse.

Sex education helps people make better choices by giving them the knowledge to take care of their bodies – there is a lot of research that shows that quality sex ed is a very valuable tool for teens. Yes, laughing at these pizza coupons is easy, but the fact that it also doesn’t seem so far fetched means we need continued dialog on the matter.

Do you have anything you’d like to share about how sex education is conducted in the US or your home country? Sound off in the comments if you’d like to discuss.

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A School’s “Adulting” Class Teaches Students Skills Like Paying Bills and Cooking

I wish my school had offered classes like this when I was younger. Not that I wasn’t taught essential life skills by my parents and siblings, but I just feel like it would have been worthwhile to spend more time on things like how to open a bank account in high school than certain other topics I could mention (trigonometry, anyone?).

One high school in Kentucky makes a point of teaching students basic life skills so they’ll be better prepared when they go out into the real world. At Bullitt Central High School in Shepherdsville, students were offered the chance to attend a one-day conference at the school that taught them how to do things like change a tire, pay taxes, and how to cook.

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The conference offered 11 different workshops throughout the day, of which students were allowed to choose 3 “to gain more knowledge and skills pertaining to their lives once they leave…BCHS.” The workshops were set up after students realized that they weren’t always leaving high school with a firm grasp on important skills that would benefit them later in life.

The woman who organized the event, Christy Hardin , said:

“I think that the idea occurred to me originally, I saw a Facebook post that parents passed around saying they needed a class in high school on taxes, and cooking. Our kids can get that, but they have to choose it. And (Adulting Day) was a day they could pick and choose pieces they didn’t feel like they had gotten so far.”

I think this is a great idea, although I would also like to point out that a lot of high school used to offer Home Economics courses that have since been cut for various reasons, and that those classes filled this sort of niche. So we’re kind of fixing a problem that used to have a solution until we got rid of the solution…

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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A Teacher Uses a Full Bodysuit to Help Teach Anatomy

Great teachers find a way to make their students passionate about learning. Most students are lucky to run into one or two teachers that can make important lessons memorable for all the right reasons.

Third-grade teacher Veronica Duqué has garnered praise from people in social media who love the way she’s teaching her students a subject that can be a little bit…funny. Especially for smaller kids.

We’re talking about anatomy.

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Remembering long and strange names for muscles, organs, and bones is hard for almost any kid. I’d bet you’ve forgotten most of what you once knew about the topic, right?

Duqué’s students remember a little easier, thanks to an anatomy suit she found online for sale. She told Bored Panda,

“I was surfing the internet when an ad of an AliExpress swimsuit popped up. Knowing how hard it is for kids this young to visualize the disposition of internal organs, I thought it was worth it giving it a try.”

Her husband, Mike originally tweeted pictures of his wife wearing the suit.

Translation: I’m so proud of this volcano of ideas I’m lucky to have as my wife. Today she explained the human body to her students in a very original way. The children loved it!

But the teacher has more tricks up her sleeve, Duqué said:

“I decided long ago to use disguises for history lessons. I’m also using cardboard crowns for my students to learn grammatical categories such as nouns, adjectives, and verbs. Different grammar kingdoms, so to say.”

Needless to say, the coverage she’s gotten is well-deserved.

Do you like Duqué’s efforts? Share your opinion with us in the comments!

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Twitter Thread Captures Just How Impossible It Is to Pay off Student Loans

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who has student loan debt, the mere mention of the phrase “student loans” is probably enough to send you into a panic. The loans, which can be the only way for some people to afford higher education, often wind up being incredibly difficult to get pay off – even if you make consistent payments on time for years.

Twitter used Lacy M. Johnson posted a tweet about her own student loan debt situation, and it’s all too relatable.

Other people responded to Lacy’s tweet with their own student loan stories, and let’s just say they’re…bleak.

“Started out owing $120k,” one person wrote. “7 years, never missed a payment. Got it all the way down to $137k!”

Another wrote: “Graduated grad school in 08 with nearly $100k in debt, have paid over $100k since then in interest, still owe $100k.”

“Borrowed $97k, been paying for 13 years. Checked yesterday. I still owe $146k,” yet another wrote.

These stories aren’t exactly surprising — student loan debt is the second-largest type of consumer debt in the country, and it has only continued to grow in recent years as colleges and universities raise tuition much faster than either inflation or wage growth.

Others chimed in to reply to Lacy’s tweet with their experiences of going to college BEFORE it was so expensive. “I cannot imagine doing it in today’s world,” one person wrote.

Student loans are a dark cloud over folks’ heads, and many people expect to die without ever paying off the debt — unless a miracle occurs, like winning the lottery or a new student loan forgiveness policy.

Sigh. At least we’re all in it together…

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Enjoy These Hilarious Tweets About Preschool Graduations

I bet you’ve noticed that there’s a graduation for everything now. And every grade. If I remember correctly, I think I had an eighth-grade graduation, and then I graduated from high school (barely).

Nowadays, judging by social media, every single grade has an elaborate ceremony with all kinds of pageantry. What is going on?

I think you know what I’m talking about…let’s get to the jokes!

1. How dumb…wait a second.

2. It’s about time.

3. Doesn’t bother me at all…

4. A little underdressed.

5. Ouch…

6. You got served.

7. Just like that.

8. Didn’t go as planned.

9. Hope you have deep pockets.

10. I like the last option.

11. This is hilarious.

12. Ninety minutes?

13. Gonna be intense.

14. Wait, they get presents?

15. This tweet sums it up.

If you have any funny memories or stories from your kids’ graduations, share them with us in the comments!

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This Is What Happens to Your Student Loan Debt After You Die

A few decades ago, this isn’t a question that would have been on many people’s minds. Student loans were typically small and paid off shortly after graduation, leaving the students who needed them free to start their adult lives, debt-free and degree in hand.

Now, things are very different, with the majority of students exiting four years of college (or more) with debt that could literally take them the rest of their lives to erase.

But what happens to the loan if the person who signed for it does pass away before it’s paid?

If you have no idea, you’re not alone – a recent survey done by Haven Life revealed that almost 75% of borrowers aren’t sure what effect their death would have on their lines.

“The reason is because it is a scary thing to think about…losing a parent, most often the co-signer, or a parent losing a child. Most people don’t think about it until something happens,” says Barbara Ginty, a certified financial planner.

The answer is that it depends on what type of loan you have, along with a few other factors.

If you have a federal student loan in your name when you pass, the outstanding balance will be wiped out through a “death discharge.” All that needs to happen is a friend or family member remitting proof of your death (a death certificate, etc) to the servicer, and it will be cleared.

The same protections are in place for Parent PLUS loans, and recent changes to tax law through the Tax Cuts And Jobs Act (2018) mean those discharged loans are not taxed as income, which is significant.

If you have private loans, though, your situation could be a bit trickier. Discharges, even due to death, are considered on a “case-by-case basis,” says Elaine Griffin Rubin, a senior contributor for the financial aid site Edvisors.

That said, most lenders do have it in the fine print that death is a valid reason for forgiving the loan.

If your parent was a co-signer, and they pass away, though, the lender might not be as forgiving, says Ginty.

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“Often times, private lenders have a clause stating that the loan goes into automatic default if the co-signer passes away.”

That means that even if you have a payment plan and are current on your payments, a company could expect you to repay the loan in full immediately if your co-signer dies.

If you live in Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, or Wisconsin, you could also be liable for your spouse’s loan balance, since those are community property states.

I mean, you’re young and healthy and you’ll probably never have to worry about any of this. That said, bad luck can strike anyone, so if you want to protect your loved ones, talk to them about your loans and your plans for paying your debts if something should ever happen.

Life insurance is a good idea for everyone, to be honest.

That’s your free tip for the day. You’re welcome.

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Teachers Share Their Worst Helicopter Parent Experiences

Helicopter parents are often criticized for being overprotective, getting involved in older children’s careers, and even giving teachers a hard time.

A Reddit thread asks teachers about their worst experiences with helicopter parents, and they truly delivered. Here are some of the best worst stories we could find.

10. Power to the Parents

This is pretty scary.

“I had 3 kids who were caught turning in the same paper and after giving them zeros for the assignment they got their parents to form a witch hunt. One of the parents rallied all the other parents in the class who all came in to hold a meeting about me and how I teach, even though none of them have been in my class or have talked with me personally. This is a highly advanced class and the LOWEST grade is a C which is really amazing. I’m actually super proud of all of them. Anyway, parents got the administration to have me allow them to redo the paper (essentially showing that I have zero authority for grades or to uphold high standards) AND I now must be extra evaluated because of the things these parents say I do in my class. Meanwhile I still have to teach these kids and act as a professional toward them, which I will. This behavior is unacceptable as a parent.”

9. Daily Email Updates

No fun at all.

“I had a student a few years ago whose mom would email all his teachers every single day wanting to know what we had done in class (we have websites with class calendars on them). It got so bad that the school eventually told her that she could only email once a week.

Later that year, the student turned in a research paper, and the first paragraph had been stolen word for word from a website. I printed out the web page, gave the kid a zero, and wrote a referral for cheating.

Hours later, the mom emails me furious that I would accuse her son of cheating. I explained the situation, and she told me “oh, it wasn’t his fault! He had been too busy to type it, so I did it for him. I wanted to spruce up the intro a little bit, so I added that little extra bit. I guess I forgot to add the source”

Seems legit…”

8. Killjoy for Everyone

The entitlement is strong here!

“The 8th graders at my middle school used to take a trip to a theme park or something every year, but you weren’t allowed to go if you were failing any of your classes. Well, some kid’s mom called and whined that her kid couldn’t go (because he was failing) and it was discriminatory towards him and ended up getting the trip canceled for everyone.

Edit: For those that say the school was being unfair for keeping someone back who was failing. The end of the year trip was the ONLY field trip that they would keep kids home on for failing and we knew upfront that we were expected to do well to get to go. This kid just didn’t give a shit about school. He skipped a lot, he was constantly in trouble for acting out, and in one class that I had with him we were getting ready to take a test and he said “Fuck this”, tore it up and walked out.

His mom should have been more focused on getting him help rather than ruining things for the kids who did try.”

7. Too Early for This

In second grade?

“Teaching 2nd grade, we took a field trip to our district’s vocational school so the kids could get a sense for the wide array of career choices available. One parent would not allow her daughter to attend because she was so afraid her daughter might take a liking to one of the non-collegiate career tracks (horticulture, culinary arts, etc.) and ruin her predestined path to medical school. Second. Grade.”

6. Mom Moved In

For an entire semester!

“When first visiting colleges, one of the stories our tour guide told us was of how this kid’s mom moved in as his room mate…for an entire semester.

5. This Parent Had a Theater Fixation

Too bad for the child in this scenario!

“When I was in high school the director of the musicals always cast her daughter as the lead in every play even though she was awful. I challenged her on it when I was elected vice president of the club, which was a student vote she had no control of, and I was never cast in a show again. Flash forward to this girl getting accepted to college, the mom applies for a teaching job in the theater department of the school she’s attending.”

4. Competitive Much?

It was supposed to be a fun activity, but…

“I gave my students a fun Halloween activity that was basically a color by number on a hundreds chart. If they followed the directions, it turned out to be a monster. I hung them up for parents to see and one of the moms saw her daughters paper and was so disappointed and told me, “she can color better than that, you just have to push her.” She’s 5 and it was supposed to be fun.”

3. Trespassing Parent

One parent even picked a lock!

“I had a parent sneak into my classroom during my lunch period and erase his son’s name from the “sad face list” on the board, claiming that he “got a feeling” while he was at work that his son was being mistreated at school. He could only believe that I had wrongfully accused his son of something, because his son was an angel. He picked the lock to come in and “defend” his son!”

2. One Parent Wanted a TA to Break the Law

Thankfully the TA was able to solve this.

“As a college TA, I had one parent come in and demand that he see his sons grades(yup…asian…son about 19?). I told him about FERPA laws and that I indeed had no access to grades to begin with. He tried going above my head and ended up getting booted off campus since he harassed all the professors his son had classes with.”

1A. A Bonus Story

This is from a working adult.

“One time my assistant’s mother called me to say that her son had overslept, and he would be late to work. Homeboy is 27 years old, and does not live at home any more. WTF kind of person would rather call his mother than his own manager to say he’ll be late?”

1B. A Bonus Story 2

I taught ESL to a bunch of high schoolers, many of which were at an SAT level. There was this one kid who was incredibly fluent and would write wonderful essays in my class.

However, his mother wasn’t satisfied. She forced him to write a 10000 word essay every single day. Now, she had never learned a foreign language, didn’t speak English, I don’t think she even graduated from college. But she would (through her son and other translators) give me an earful on how I was being too easy on the students because I wasn’t making them do 4 hours of homework a night.

And this poor kid… this unfortunate, 14 year-old bastard who was fluent in two languages and was ready to take the SATs in a language not his own ended up getting worse and worse at writing. He would repeat things again and again just to get the word count, because his mother would check the essays every night. (well, she’d check the numbers. She wouldn’t be able to read the paper.) He would lie and make up stories, interjecting them at weird places. He did ABSOLUTELY MISERABLY in his exams because he wouldn’t take my advice to “stop writing when you’ve run out of things to say”.

These are some wild stories! Do they make you more appreciative of what teachers put up with? Feel free to answer that question or share another story in the comments section.

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The First Makeup Museum in the World Will Open in New York City in 2020

Because there’s basically a museum dedicated to everything these days, it makes sense that a museum dedicated to makeup should exist, too. And, frankly, it is sure to get some folks pretty excited.

In May 2020, the Makeup Museum is set to open in New York City. The museum is dedicated to telling the story of the impact that makeup has had on society, and the first exhibit will be called “Pink Jungle: 1950s Makeup in America.” This first installation will highlight the icons, entrepreneurs, and artifacts that defined that fascinating decade.

 

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Co-founder Doreen Bloch said,

“The Makeup Museum is a critical institution for the cultural landscape in New York because makeup has a 10,000-year history. There is so much that the Makeup Museum wants and has to explore. The 1950s is a perfect time period for the Makeup Museum to start within the debut exhibition because the 1950s is the birth of the modern cosmetics industry.”

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The museum’s Facebook page talks about the mission of the organization:

“The Makeup Museum is the world’s leading institution exploring the history of beauty and its ongoing impact on society. The Makeup Museum is dedicated to empowering all people to learn about and have fun with beauty. The Makeup Museum brings beauty to life through large-scale exhibits, events, and interactive and shoppable programming.”

The museum will be located at 94 Gansevoort Street in New York City.

What do you think? Are you going to check this out when it opens next year? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Girls Won the Five Top Prizes in National STEM Contest for Middle Schoolers

As people say, “The future is female.” And that trend was certainly on display recently at the 2019 Broadcom MASTERS competition. The competition, “Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars,” highlights very bright middle-schoolers and is run by the Society for Science & the Public.

This year, girls won all of the top five prizes awarded at the competition in Washington, D.C. What makes it even more extraordinary is that the five winners were out of a total pool of 2,348 applicants from 47 states. A total of 18 boys and 12 girls were then brought to D.C. to take part in the competition.

While in D.C., the middle-schoolers were given STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) projects to work on in teams. The youngsters were judged on leadership, teamwork, problem solving, and communication. The last 20% of their score was based on the science projects that the kids had applied to the competition with. The panel of judges included engineers, scientists, and educators.

The five winners were:

The Samueli Foundation Prize: $25,000
Alaina Gassler, Improving Automobile Safety by Removing Blindspots

Lemelson Award for Invention: $10,000
Rachel Bergey, Spotted Lanternflies: Stick’em or Trick’em

Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation: $10,000
Sidor Clare, Bound and Bricked

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement: $10,000
Alexis MacAvoy, Designing Efficient, Low-Cost, Eco-Friendly Activated Carbon for Removal of Heavy Metals from Water

STEM Talent Award, sponsored by DoD STEM: $10,000
Lauren Ejiaga, Ozone Depletion: How it Affects Us

Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of the Society for Science & the Public, said,”We are just so thrilled that the top five winners were girls this year. This is the first time in our history that it was a sweep for girls. It’s also the first time in our history that we had more girl finalists than boy finalists.”

Way to go ladies! Keep your eye on these kids, because they’re going places.

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15 Funny Tweets from Moms and Dads Who Are Struggling with Their Kids’ Homework

Confession time: my parents helped me out once in a while with my homework when I was growing up, and my sister, who is now a Math teacher, really helped me out because that subject makes absolutely no sense to me.

I also remember times when my parents said, “You’re on your own with this one because I can’t figure it out!” That’s what the parents in these tweets are going through.

As they say…the struggle is real…

1. He’s nailing it.

2. A good life lesson.

3. It’s tough out there.

4. That’s why we’re weeping.

5. You sure did!

6. I can’t handle this right now.

7. Might be time for a tutor.

8. It breaks every man eventually.

9. That’s enough…

10. You must cheat.

11. Time to disappear.

12. Done with this. For good.

13. That’s not gonna happen.

14. WTF is this?!?!

15. Saying it out loud isn’t really helping…

Do you help your kiddos out with their homework? Let us know about your struggles in the comments!

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