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Creationism Rises Like a Zombie in the South, Disproportionate Disciplinary Suspension of Minorities and EC Students, and Civil Rights Battles Continue in Charleston, SC. Required Readings 4.28.14

Earlier this week we mentioned the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA), an “academic freedom” bill allowing science teachers in Louisiana to provide supplemental texts to undermine scientific consensus.  Most who read this blog probably know that “academic freedom” is code for creationism and other ideological, not evidence based, scientific conclusions. …

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Religious Holidays, Science Teacher Suspended for Doing His Job, Standardized Testing Eulogy, Charter Schools, and Segregation 60 Years after Brown v Board, it’s Required Readings 04.20.14

Good Sunday morning.  Did you know to ast Eostre is the goddess of spring (or the dawn depending on which source you read)?  Yep, Easter, like Christmas is another pagan holiday co opted by early Christianity.  In December, around the shortest day of the year, we bring into our homes …

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Required Readings, 04.13.14, Professor Workload Allocation, Vouchers in LA, Texas Does the Right Thing, and Equitable Teacher Distribution

I’m not breaking any news when I tell you that university professors are being asked to do more with less, but a new study out of Boise State University paints a clearer picture of how faculty members allocate their time.  Their findings are yet another wave that is eroding away …

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Standardized Parent Conferences, Soft Skills, Online Education, Scientific Research Funding, and the New Face of Astronomy: Required Reading 04.06.14

How much data driven assessment is too much?  Some parents are getting worried. We’ve been hearing a lot about “grit” lately, stemming in part from Paul Tough’s book How Children Succeed; and now Google is weighing in, arguing that we should be teaching leadership, teamwork, humility, innovation, and ownership. Online education …

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OMG Finland!

You’ve been there. Either as a sibling, parent of siblings, or teacher of siblings, you’ve been part of the very different experience a younger sibling has going through school. Inevitably, at some point, maybe at every point, the younger is compared to the older: Why can’t you be more like …

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