Student vets, classroom accommodations, brave spaces, academic competition, homework and social justice, and more: Required Readings, 05.24.15

Student vets, classroom accommodations, brave spaces, academic competition, homework and social justice, and more: Required Readings, 05.24.15

A federal requirement that public colleges and universities receiving GI Bill funding provide recent veterans with in-state tuition will take effect on January 1, 2016, rather than July 1 of this year. From our sister site Skeptability: a college student with autism discusses in the context of a chemistry lab how professors can improve the educational experiences of learning disabled and other stu... »

Critical Thinking for Parrots

Critical Thinking for Parrots

Not actual parrots, I’m referring to humans who repeat words over and over without actually knowing what they mean. Specifically the phrase “critical thinking.” This is a very popular buzzphrase in education. So popular that I constantly see it used by people who have no idea how to actually practice it, yet insist that we teach it to students. At my previous school there was a daily meeting withi... »

A Meditation on Ratio

A Meditation on Ratio

What do you think a ratio is? I emphasize “think” because I’d like you to be interested only in the fragmentary pictures conjured by the question—you want to be aware of what you think a ratio is, not what you think you know about ratios, which are two different thinks. So, perhaps try now to answer the question, but don’t censor your first “thinks” here. ... »

Towards Better Sexual Assault Prevention Tips?

Towards Better Sexual Assault Prevention Tips?

It is no secret that colleges and universities are paying more attention to sexual assault on their campuses. This school year, The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act went into effect with a look towards better prevention and accountability for instances of campus sexual assault. The media and opinionated onlookers have weighed the pros and cons of new policies, but how much has really ... »

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Standardized testing humor, too few good teachers, professors vs. teachers, Sweet Briar closes, Nepal, and evaluations: Required Readings, 05.17.15

As the school year winds down in many places, Required Readings too needs a little fun to get through the home stretch: Satirical news source The Onion takes on standardized testing as does HBO television host John Oliver. More serious reflection: Are there too few teachers or just too few good ones? A philosophy professor’s message to his freshman students, focusing on the differences betwe... »

Going Up Against the Good News Club: An Interview with Dan Courtney

Going Up Against the Good News Club: An Interview with Dan Courtney

Dan Courtney is President Emeritus of the Freethinkers of Upstate New York and is active in a number of Freethought and church/state separation groups. Dan gained international attention for being the first Atheist to offer an invocation at the Town of Greece following the US Supreme Court’s ruling on the practice. Last week, Dan graciously offered to answer some questions for School of Doubt abou... »

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