Required Readings

Required Readings, 8 August 2013

Good evening, teachers and learners! New York’s common core test results. MOOCs not so disruptive? Adjunctification! A return to a grammar school model in the UK? All in today’s readings.

Test Scores Sink as New York Adopts Tougher Benchmarks – I’ve got very mixed feelings about standardized testing and the Common Core, but I hope that this year there will be a moratorium on punitive actions based on these test scores.

MOOCs May Not Be So Disruptive As Some Had Imagined – When even the founder of MOOC-purveyor Udacity criticizes a push to give college credit for MOOCs, a red flag should be raised.

When Tenure-Track Faculty Take On The Problem of Adjunctification – A thought-provoking essay on the consequences of doing the right thing.

Welsh Conservatives revive grammar school idea – they’d like a return to selective education, based on tests. The Prime Minister isn’t amused.

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P.E. Robinson

P.E. Robinson

Professor P.E. Robinson teaches astronomy to non-science majors at a 2-year college in the United States. He has a decade of experience teaching science in higher education, and providing professional development experiences to astronomers and other educators. Skepticism and critical thinking are key components of everything he teaches.

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