Perhaps the history of the errors of mankind, all things considered, is more valuable and interesting than that of their discoveries. Truth is uniform and narrow; it constantly exists, and does not seem to require so much an active energy, as a passive aptitude of the soul in order to encounter it. But error is endlessly diversified; it has no reality, but is the pure and simple creation of the mind that invents it. In this field the soul has room enough to expand herself, to display all her boundless faculties, and all her beautiful and interesting extravagancies and absurdities. -Benjamin Franklin

On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, the Chadwick Quiz Bowl Team finished second overall in the Mark Twain Conference Tournament with a record of 3-1.

The tournament was a complete round robin of participating conference schools, and Chadwick’s only loss in came at the hands of School of the Ozarks, who took top honors, finishing the tournament undefeated. SofO’s senior Coby Mitchell led the tournament in scoring overall, totalling 430 points.

Sophmores Evan Davis and Tyler Gardner led the Cardinals in scoring, racking up 180 and 140 points respectively. Junior Shyanne Sena added 50 more points; sophomore TJ Sanchez contributed 40 points; and sophomore Luke Walker and freshman Destiny Nelson each added 10 points.

Sophomores Kyrsten Armato, Cameron Kutchko, and Tori Garrison contributed to scoring in the bonus rounds.

Quiz bowl coach Tyler Walker said, “We’re a young team, mostly sophomores, and everybody was brand new to quiz bowl, so I thought we did very well. The kids were surprised, I think, at how well they did, but I knew they would do great.”

Team Captain Kyrsten Armato said she is ready for next year and says the key will be “more practice.”

Mr. Walker added, “If the core of this group stays interested and applies themselves, they’ll be quite a force by the time they are seniors.”

via CHS

This is a rerun from the This American Life radio show and podcast from several years back. It’s all about real-life spooky stories. You won’t be sorry you listened! Or maybe you will if you are easily scared!

It’s a free MP3 download this week or you can stream it.

“It is immoral to assign writing that will not be read by a human being.”

–John Warner on using automated feedback/grading software to assess student essays.


What do you think? Is using software to grade student essays a legitimate tool for reducing teacher workloads or is it something much worse? Let me know in the comments.