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Screening for suicide, UWisconsin woes, Wikipedia in the classroom, and correctional system education: Required Readings, 03.29.16

A security product for school computers also flags web activity that may indicate suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Weakened faculty governance, the virtual destruction of tenure, and slashed budgets led to a $9 million effort to retain faculty researchers at the University of Wisconsin A collection of articles on using Wikipedia as a teaching tool. …

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All about religion in schools: Required Readings, 03.21.16

Some weeks here at Required Readings, I worry that too many of the entries focus on church-state clashes, drawing attention away from an ocean of other education-related news of interest to skeptics. This week, however, I am moving in the other direction to shine a spotlight on these matters. Why? This article about the …

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A taste of state legislation, grade inflation, open education, and more: Required Readings, 03.08.16

With state legislatures back in session this spring, we could fill a month of Required Readings. Here are a few highlights (or downlights, as the case may be): The governor of South Dakota has vetoed legislation that would have required transgender students in public schools to use bathrooms, locker rooms, and other …

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Digital content, Ontario budget news, LOC nomination, concealed carry on campus, and more: Required Readings, 02.29.16

Citation, plagiarism, mashups, collaborative culture, and artificial intellectual property: Unpacking an Identity Crisis in Digital Content. New help for lower income students in Ontario: Most college students whose family income is less than $50,000 a year will receive grants large enough to cover their whole tuition, according to budget changes announced …

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College cost calculator, “treasonous” activism in India, low ACT essay scores, evaluating Super Bowl ads, Texas BoE candidate, and scholarly publishing: Required Readings, 02.16.16

For parents, teachers, and anyone who knows a high school student considering a four-year institution: A college cost calculator that personalizes U.S. Department of Education data based on state and family income. Campus activism in India is drawing a great deal of debate and activity, including charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy against …

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BYU law school troubles, genetic discrimination, anti-science bill roundup, and more: Required Readings, 02.10.16

The American Bar Association is investigating Brigham Young University’s law school for its practice of expelling students who live in same-sex relationships or leave the Mormon faith. Genetic discrimination? A California elementary school tried to transfer a boy because he carries the genetic markers for cystic fibrosis and two other students in the school had …

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Virginity tests, out-of-state students, Big Brother U., first-gen troubles, PR and research findings, and early ed in Silicon Valley: Required Readings, 02.01.16

The good news: Sixteen young women from the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa will be receiving university scholarships. The bad news: They must undergo regular virginity “testing” in order to receive the funds. State universities are enrolling record numbers of out-of-state students in hopes that their higher tuition will help ameliorate diminished state …

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Drowning bunnies, free speech in British unis, LA budget woes, non-weather school closings, and skeptical parenting: Required Readings, 01.25.16

The president of a Catholic university suggested in a discussion about student retention that faculty stop thinking of freshmen as “cuddly bunnies,” noting: “You just have to drown the bunnies” by removing students more likely of dropping out, preferably before the late September date when enrollment statistics must be reported to the …

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Teaching MLK, information about information, historic images, IT in higher ed, copyright restrictions in Europe: Required Readings, 01.18.16

I’m a day late with this one: Teaching MLK’s Life The past week saw a variety of stories relevant to anyone interested in learning, critical thinking, scientific literacy, and information: A resource for instructors in need of ideas for research assignments: Project CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments) A look at …

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No-nonsense nurturing, rural schools, lying law schools, not-so-brainy games, and more: Required Readings, 01.11.16

The no-nonsense nurturing approach to classroom management: “keeping expectations high by only praising outstanding effort” or “too much emphasis on compliance, not engagement”? The unique challenges and opportunities in America’s rural schools A lawsuit against the Thomas Jefferson School of Law regarding false job-placement statistics will proceed, per a California judge. What does …

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