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    A school bus driver in Worcester, Mass. who says she was just following the rules, claims she was punched in the face by a parent and watched as several more angrily stormed her vehicle because they say she refused to let their children off the sweltering bus.

    The crazy incident took place after she had picked up students from Quinsigamond Elementary School and sat at one bus stop with the windows reportedly rolled up on a hot day. Parents say their children could be heard screaming about the heat and calling for them -- which, as a parent, just pulls at your heartstring and most of us can imagine walking across hot coals to get our child out of an uncomfortable and frightening situation.

    When the driver reportedly began moving the bus along -- for reasons that are unclear -- all hell broke loose. And the incident was caught on video.

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    They already spend eight hours every day at school, so when your child comes home from a long day of class, the last thing they want to do is get back into learning mode. Luckily, there are some stealthy, subtle tricks you can pull out to fool your kids into learning at home.

    Whether it's after school, on a weekend, or during a long vacation, you can still have your kids learn. Only in some much more clever ways. So throw these teaching moments on your to-do list, moms, because your kids will love them and they'll be getting a lesson all in one.

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    Why. Just WHY? Why is my Facebook feed suddenly flooded with pictures of kids and their back-to-school presents? What fresh hell is this? Who are these mothers giving their children gifts for trotting back to the classroom after a summer spent playing?

    Heaven help me -- ain't nobody got time for that! Seriously, on top of all the new clothes, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies, we're now supposed to somehow come up with something called a Schultute? Apparently it's a German tradition involving a giant paper cone filled with treats for the first day of school. No. Just no.

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    It's a rough start to the school year to be sent home on the first day of school. Especially if you're five and it's the first day of Kindergarten. Even more so if it's over something that's completely out of your control as a child.

    But that's what happened to Malachi Wilson, who was sent home from school for having long hair. Malachi happens to be Native American, and in keeping with his family's Seminole religious beliefs, he keeps his hair long, which is apparently a big no-no at F.J. Young Elementary School.

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    Few things are as important as your child's education -- yet hiring tutors or signing up for classes can drain your finances long before your kids even get to college! But luckily it doesn't have to be that way. A ton of websites and services exist that can enrich your child's education for free. Whatever your child is interested in, check out these venues to explore further.

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    There are some very upset parents this week, as one school has suggested a mindfulness technique to deal with bullying. Riversdale School in New Zealand has incited the ire of several Christian parents by tossing around the idea of implementing a controversial program during the school day that involves students reflecting on their "thoughts and emotions in a natural and calm state and in the present moment."

    Apparently the technique has Buddhist ties, so obviously it will not do. The education ministry reported that at least five parents had complained about the proposal, and they were working with the school and the parents to make sure everything is dealt with appropriately.

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    We parents like to say we would do anything for our kids. However, I imagine most of us would draw the line at helping them cheat. Not so for Abdurrahim Ali. The New York City assistant principal snuck into the computer system and changed his son's grades for the better.

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    I am all for the separation of church and state, especially when it comes to public school. With so many different religions within a community, it's not exactly fair to impose one specific set of beliefs on a diverse group of kids. So I understand why people get up in arms when a teacher teaches creationism. However, one Dyer, Tennessee, high school instructor may be taking the whole notion too far. A student was disciplined for saying "bless you" in class. Ridiculous, right? Wait until you hear their reasoning behind the punishment.

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    Talk about starting the school year off with a bang! Or a thud, as the case may be, for one Oklahoma teacher, who found herself arrested for showing up drunk on the first day of school. Oh yeah, she wasn't wearing pants either. Shaking. My. Head.

    Newly hired teacher Lorie Ann Hill was caught with her pants down (literally) at Wagoner High School on Monday, in an empty classroom she claimed as her own. It was the first day for teachers, although students won't start until Thursday. Thank goodness for that!

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    Everyone makes grammatical mistakes sometimes, even teachers. Show me someone who hasn't made an embarrassing typographical error and I'll show you ... well, I can't show you anything, we've all done it. But there's something extra funny about an education-related typo, especially when it comes in the form of a teacher mistakenly correcting his or her student.

    In the spirit of good-natured fun -- rather than snide finger pointing, because you know what they say about pots, kettles, and glass houses -- here are 13 deeply hilarious school typos that we'll go ahead and file under "FALE."

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