Required Readings

Anti-vax profs, higher ed budget slashing, vouchers, gender bias, homeschooling: Required Readings, 2.8.15

Happy Sunday, and welcome to this week of Required Readings.

A Canadian professor is under fire this week due to student reports that she is teaching refuted information about the dangers of vaccinations as fact in her courses.

Who needs higher education? Apparently not Wisconsin or Louisiana, based on proposals from their governors. (And here’s a perspective from a Wisconsin graduate student on how the cuts will affect his department.)

Also in Louisiana, one-third of students participating in the voucher program are enrolled in schools that have been barred from accepting new voucher students because of poor test scores.

This week saw the release of interesting research related to gender bias in education. One study relates to student ratings of college instructors, and the other has to do with teachers’ unconscious biases in elementary school math classes.

For a perspective not often seen on SoD: a profile of homeschoolers (and unschoolers) in Silicon Valley.

Edwin Mellen Press has settled its libel lawsuit against a university librarian for negative blog posts he wrote about the publisher, in a case that raised issues about academic freedom.

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Librarienne is a university librarian who sees her professional mission as teaching the masses how to separate the wheat from the chaff in today's expanding universe of information, that everything you read requires a critical eye, and how to properly use apostrophes.

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