Required Readings

Jihadist students, porn in sex ed, black life at UVA, the Bar, and more: Required Readings, 03.22.15

Welcome to the first Required Readings of spring (or autumn, for our colleagues in the Southern Hemisphere)!

A German instructor discusses her new book about why Western students join jihadist groups.

A Danish professor recommends that porn be shown and discussed in sex education courses, a Brit thinks schoolboys should tell girls what attracts them to stem female anxiety over weight, and U.S. medical schools are finding themselves teaching basic sex ed to students with 4-plus years of college.

The arrest of a black University of Virginia student by state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control officers for what was believed to be a fake I.D. (it wasn’t) ended with him beaten and bloody. Not entirely related but quite interesting nonetheless is this 2013 article about archaeological excavations and other historical efforts regarding slavery on the UVA campus.

Is the Bar exam an effective standard for deciding whether a law school graduate gets to be a practicing attorney? Increasing numbers of educators and other experts are answering in the negative. (As someone once explained it to me, “the Bar has almost nothing to do with what you learn in law school. Neither of them have anything to do with what you need to know in legal practice.”)

If you’re curious about what academic librarians are up to these days, the papers for next week’s Association of College and Research Libraries’ conference are available online. Some topics of note: information and visual literacy, open access, instructional design, and faculty development.

One response to concerns about rising textbook prices: open textbooks.

The Kansas Senate has passed a bill that would allow campus religious groups to discriminate in terms of who is allowed in leadership positions.

In response to requests for the admissions records, some universities are purging such materials across the board. Bad idea?

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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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