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BYU law school troubles, genetic discrimination, anti-science bill roundup, and more: Required Readings, 02.10.16

The American Bar Association is investigating Brigham Young University’s law school for its practice of expelling students who live in same-sex relationships or leave the Mormon faith. Genetic discrimination? A California elementary school tried to transfer a boy because he carries the genetic markers for cystic fibrosis and two other students in the school had …

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From the Archives: Why College Probably Shouldn’t Be Free

[Note: Much of this analysis was written around the time of the 2012 Quebec Student Protests, but remains relevant given the Sanders campaign’s popular free-college-for-all platform in the ongoing US presidential election.] I think the system of higher education in Quebec provides a useful and interesting comparison to the situation in the …

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Higher Education

Syllabus Adjunct Clause

Hey there, Doubters! As I promised in the last edition of On the Market, here is a sample adjunct clause that can be inserted into any syllabus for courses taught by temporary faculty. Please keep in mind that since situations differ from school to school–and even from department to department–the following …

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Required Readings

Virginity tests, out-of-state students, Big Brother U., first-gen troubles, PR and research findings, and early ed in Silicon Valley: Required Readings, 02.01.16

The good news: Sixteen young women from the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa will be receiving university scholarships. The bad news: They must undergo regular virginity “testing” in order to receive the funds. State universities are enrolling record numbers of out-of-state students in hopes that their higher tuition will help ameliorate diminished state …

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  • User AvatarDan { Exactly! } – Feb 11, 7:00 PM
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  • User Avatarewcollins {   I will not be putting this on my syllabus. I do tell my students that I've been a part-time lecturer since 1984. I also... } – Feb 09, 2:23 PM
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Education

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Critical ThinkingEducationPolitics

Surprise! Grades are nothing like dollars.

Everyone likes a good ideological parable, especially when it confirms what they already believe to be true about the world. I recently caught the following gem on Facebook, which seems perfectly crafted to tickle the fancy of your garden-variety “daggum socialist Obama” conservative type: An economics professor at a local …

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Critical Thinking

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Critical ThinkingEducationPolitics

Surprise! Grades are nothing like dollars.

Everyone likes a good ideological parable, especially when it confirms what they already believe to be true about the world. I recently caught the following gem on Facebook, which seems perfectly crafted to tickle the fancy of your garden-variety “daggum socialist Obama” conservative type: An economics professor at a local …

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Pedagogy

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CultureEducationPedagogy

A Rose by Any Other Name…

Names can say a lot about us. Even though our parents did not choose for us the way J.K. Rowling did for her characters (you could think that the parents of Remus Lupin were asking for their child to be bitten by a werewolf), they still had their reasons for …

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Not Knowing What We’re Doing

The more I teach, the more I realize that students don’t really know what teachers do, and neither do the adults they grow up to be. It wasn’t until I was in my senior year in teacher school that I started to really grasp what exactly this job entails. I …

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