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Looking back and forward, recess riches, 10 Commandments costs, and more: Required Readings, 01.01.16

Happy new year and welcome 2016! Today we’ll look back at some of the biggest education and skepticism stories of the past year, ponder what 2016 may bring, and check out what’s been happening while many of us have been on winter holidays. One thought-provoking essay earlier in the year asked whether …

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Evolving school creationism, culture clashes, poor sex ed, ed tech in 2015, scholarly knowledge, and more: Required Readings, 12.20.15

A biologist has published a phylogenetic analysis of seventy-five distinct anti-evolution bills and policies. World cultures studies gone wrong: An assignment on Islam and Arabic calligraphy led to the closing of schools in one Virginia county after community members called for the beheading of a Virginia teacher. And a Texas mother …

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No more NCLB, sub overloads, too much tech, Nativity scenes, #saveourlibrary, poor U.S. sex ed, and more: Required Readings, 12.13.15

President Obama signed the successor to No Child Left Behind this week, which put the balance of power and responsibility for K-12 schools in the hands of local and state governments. Among the concerns about education in schools that serve high-poverty, at-risk students: teacher churn and the heavy use of …

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Ed resources, the right to discriminate, packing heat at Liberty, UTK brouhaha over inclusive parties, and more: Required Readings, 12.06.15

In the spirit of the season of giving, today’s Required Readings begin with a few resources available to students, teachers, parents, and anyone else with an interest in education: Studying in Canada K-12 apps, lesson plans, and more from the National Library of Medicine Science-Based Medicine video lecture course Open Education …

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Thanksgiving at school, humanism in the GSCEs, safe spaces, book reading cancellation, and more: Required Readings, 11.29.15

How to talk to kids about Thanksgiving, and Native Americans review children’s books about the holiday. Non-religious worldviews such as humanism will now be included in Britain’s GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) for religious studies, per a High Court decision last week. A Duke University alum explains how listening to students a …

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Missing school staff, sports program subsidies, Common Core repeals, the Flame Challenge, and more: Required Readings, 11.15.15

The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Huffington Post investigated the use of student fees and other subsidies by public universities to support their Division I athletic programs. What happens when enrollment booms while budgets are slashed? In Virginia, this scenario has meant more than 11,000 “missing” teachers and staff. The …

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Mizzou president resigns, forced pregnancy tests, special ed, and more: Required Readings, 11.08.15

The president of the University of Missouri resigned this morning in the wake of protests and a hunger strike over his handling of racism at the school. Girls in Sierra Leone are forced to undergo public pregnancy tests and physical examinations since the government banned pregnant girls from attending mainstream schools and …

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Pilkey banned again, default color, Christianity in LA schools, charter admissions, and more: Required Readings, 11.01.15

The latest book in Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series will not be available at a school book fair in Michigan because one of the characters travels into the future and learns that he will be married to a man. The parent-teacher organization, school principal, and superintendent were concerned students might purchase the …

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Flags down at Ole Miss, social media diversity, learning software, teachers and librarians, new UNC system leader, and #icanhazpdf: Required Readings, 10.25.15

Filed under “Things I Never Thought I’d See”: student senators at the University of Mississippi (a.k.a., “Ole Miss”) voted last week to remove the state flag from campus because it incorporates the Confederate battle flag. In an era where what you see in your search results and your Facebook feed …

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Data mining on campus, dual-language schools, poor students post-graduation, teacher recruitment abroad, and more: Required Readings, 10.18.15

Higher education institutions are attempting to provide their instructors with real-time data they can use to support their students and improve student performance. Dual-language immersion programs are on the rise in the U.S. What opportunities await low-income students who overcome obstacles to graduate from high school? Not many, it seems. Also, a …

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