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Infolit for first-gen students, American intellectualism, helping quiet kids succeed, academic social media, and more: Required Readings, 07.14.16

Critical information literacy and first-generation college students A new book reimagines popular notions of American intellectualism How teachers can: Help “quiet kids” tap their superpowers Encourage cross-racial friendships Academics’ use of social media is changing the face of scholarly publishing The Secular Student Alliance is asking both the Democratic and …

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Debunker Club, Brexit, an online paradox, AL boot camp school, primo preschools, y mas: Required Readings, 07.05.16

Join the Debunker Club by suggesting source material about the intersection of neuroscience and learning: peer-reviewed articles, real-world case studies, online videos, blog posts, or your own well-reasoned opinion. A view of Brexit from academia, from PHD (Piled Higher and Deeper) Comics. Those interested in further implications of Brexit for science should check out …

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Climate change ed, discriminating vouchers, Wikipedagogy, consent in the classroom, and more: Required Readings, 06.29.16

Two bills in Congress (one each in the Senate and the House) would authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to establish a climate change education program. Meanwhile, one senator has inserted language into an appropriations bill that would prohibit the Justice Department from enforcing key provisions of the Americans with Disabilities …

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Going back to college, student data, public university research, basing program development on the job market, and more: Required Readings, 06.20.16

I have been extremely overdue in getting out a new Required Readings. When it rains, it pours, and over the past 3 weeks, that pouring has included one vacation that’s not really a vacation (i.e., a visit to the family of origin), one summer cold acquired either from young nieces or …

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Illegal aliens in academic libraries, first secular chair, research guide to Lemonade, international students, unemployed law graduates, and more: Required Readings, 05.29.16

A move by the House of Representatives will require the Library of Congress to retain the term “illegal alien” for cataloging and search purposes, reversing the library’s plan to replace the term with less prejudicial identifiers, such as “noncitizens” or “unauthorized immigration.” How does this relate to education? Most college and university libraries …

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POTUS grad speech, internship ethics, vocational ed, MS desegregating, and more: Required Readings, 05.17.16

In a speech delivered at the 250th commencement ceremony at Rutgers University, President Obama assailed anti-intellectualism in the country while promoting “facts, evidence, reason, logic, an understanding of science.” An issue close to my heart, and my wallet: Should colleges charge for academic credit earned from unpaid internships? Vocational education …

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Teacher appreciation (or not), image manipulation, overexposed football player, campus care, and follow-ups: Required Readings, 05.03.16

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! Not feeling particularly appreciated today are public school teachers in Detroit, who are engaging in a sick-out for the second day. Why? They were told that the district would be unable to pay them once $48.7 million in emergency state aid runs out June 30. Then there …

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Summer vacation history, pre-K indoctrination in TX, integrative med ed, critical skills for grads, and more: Required Readings, 04.25.16

From our sister site Grounded Parents is a historical review of the evolution of summer breaks within the U.S. public school system. According to Texas State BOE candidate Mary Lou Bruner, who has appeared in prior Required Readings, the goal of pre-K education programs is gay indoctrination. The inclusion of training …

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UC Davis publicity problems, debate over debate location, fixing math ed, science ed teaching and learning, school funding, and more: Required Readings, 04.18.16

Documents released last week show that the University of California-Davis spent at least $175,000 on consultants in an attempt to scrub the Internet of negative online postings regarding a 2011 incident during which students were pepper-sprayed, in order to boost the school’s public image. (I know several librarians at UC Davis who could have …

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No ASSoL after all, algebraic debate, evidence based sex ed, learning styles, and more: Required Readings, 04.11.16

Alas, the law school at George Mason University will not be named the Antonin Scalia School of Law (AssoL) after all, but many faculty and staff are not pleased. The Chino Valley Unified school board has been ordered to pay $200K to the Freedom From Religion Foundation  for expenses in a suit the district …

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