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Required Readings

Summer vacation history, pre-K indoctrination in TX, integrative med ed, critical skills for grads, and more: Required Readings, 04.25.16

From our sister site Grounded Parents is a historical review of the evolution of summer breaks within the U.S. public school system. According to Texas State BOE candidate Mary Lou Bruner, who has appeared in prior Required Readings, the goal of pre-K education programs is gay indoctrination. The inclusion of training …


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Let’s look at some skeptical topics. Of course, every topic can be a skeptical topic because every topic can be critically examined, but I’ve got some specifics I need to address. I don’t believe in sacred cows, but there are certainly some beliefs that are better grounded in evidence. Vaccine …

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Required Readings

UC Davis publicity problems, debate over debate location, fixing math ed, science ed teaching and learning, school funding, and more: Required Readings, 04.18.16

Documents released last week show that the University of California-Davis spent at least $175,000 on consultants in an attempt to scrub the Internet of negative online postings regarding a 2011 incident during which students were pepper-sprayed, in order to boost the school’s public image. (I know several librarians at UC Davis who could have …

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Sorry Bernie – Tuition free college can’t ever come back!

In the not too distant past, your average college student could get a degree in four years and walk away with no debt from almost every public university.  Whatever the costs where, they could be offset with a summer job and maybe a few hundred bucks from the parents.  In …


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Higher Education

A First Year as a Professor, in GIFs

A little over a year ago, I accepted a tenure track position at a small college in New England. I was… thrilled. I was really blown away by the school visit and it felt really… comfortable. I did my bachelors in physics at a small college in Pennsylvania, so I …


Critical Thinking

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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 …



Exclusion, Segregation, Integration, Inclusion
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Competing needs

Author’s note: I’m sorry this got posted in an unfinished version. I swear I’d finished it, but somehow my last additions got lost and an unfinished but saved version got posted.   I’m a big fan of inclusion as a principle in school. If you’re not familiar with the concepts, …




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 …