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Required Readings, 19 December 2013

Creationists rejected! College rankings rebutted! Deaf students disenfranchised! Welsh students going hungry? Read all about it in today’s required readings. A college president has a beef with the prospect of federal ranking of colleges. Colleges may as well be saying ‘Deaf people not welcome here‘. Welsh schools are cracking down on …

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Required Readings, 12 December 2013

Religion! Women! Minorities! Universal Childcare! Other hot-button topics! All in today’s required readings. People home-schooled by religious parents are starting to fight back. The New York Times weighs in on solutions to bringing more women and minorities into STEM. Childcare is key to a healthy economy and society, say UK …

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Required Readings, 5 December 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! It’s the run-up to the end of the semester for me, but I’ve still gathered together some readings for you. A female graduate student, “left to die on the vine”, is now in court to sue the University of Oregon for gender discrimination. The Chronicle’s …

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Required Readings, 28 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving, teachers and learners! I’ve got required readings for you today, but please spend time with loved ones and/or the Mythbusters before completing your assignment. An article in Slate describing academic department cuts at Minnesota State University Moorhead and the University of the District of Columbia got a lot …

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Required Readings, 21 November 2013 – Adjunct Faculty Edition!

Good morning, teachers and learners! Since a larger conversation opened up this week due to a Slate piece on Duquesne University adjunct Margaret Mary Vojtko, I thought I would make today’s set of required readings about the people and the plight of the contingent faculty. Want to Unionize Your Adjuncts? First …

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Required Readings, 14 November 2013

Bloomberg’s final school letter grades. Pretending to be black to win a trustee election. Wait, what? It’s in your required readings, teachers and learners! White republican wins a board of trustee spot in Texas by implying that he’s black – or all those voters could have had a uniform ideological change. …

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Required Readings, 7 November 2013

Building your brain! Building your schools! Good morning, teachers and learners. Here are your required readings. Childhood music lessons leave lasting brain boost – I guess that’s why I’m so clever. Is your college well-endowed? – Data is showing that endowments are growing again. Speaking a second language may delay …

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Required Readings, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween, teachers and learners! I’ve got spine-tingling required readings for you today. In Michigan, school districts differ on how to handle Halloween, a “controversial” holiday. Well, other schools know exactly what to do with Halloween in school: ban it! The faith writer at the Washington Post advocates toning it …

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Required Readings, 24 October 2013

Are spiders infesting your school? Why not close for the day? (I thought about including this in next week’s Halloween edition of Required Readings, but it was too good to pass up today). Faculty Couples, for Better or Worse – The Chronicle’s take on couples who take jobs at the …

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Required Readings, 17 October 2013

Steven Novella on good teaching. Teachers in England go on strike. Americans are skeptical of online education. The JREF releases new skeptical lesson plans. Good EVENING, teachers and learners! Here are your required readings: Steven Novella on The Science of Learning – From the NeuroLogica Blog For all the ballyhoo …

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