Another blissful summer week, another batch of fascinating tidbits from the ever-giving cornucopia that is the internet. We love you, internet. Don't ever change.

The NEA celebrated July 4th in an interesting way — by declaring its desire for independence from one Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education. The NEA wants Mr. Duncan to resign.

Alice Walker, author of the (often challenged) book The Color Purple, spoke recently to educators about writing, profanity, and censorship. The Port City Daily has more.

Larry Strauss writes in the Huffington Post about teacher tenure, warning against false dilemmas.

For all you Harry Potter fans out there, J.K. Rowling has written a short story that takes place years after the close of the books. You can visit Pottermore to read it or click here to see the text on

Watch Professor Kathryn Sutherland discuss Jane Austen's manuscripts and learn what Ms. Austen's favorite mark of punctuation was.

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And on a lighter note, Buzzfeed brings us 15 words that don't mean what you think they mean. Naturally, *you* use all these words correctly . . . but do your students?

Have a lovely weekend. Read a good book or two and watch out for polar vortices.