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If You’re That Worried About the P.C. Police Coming For Your Job, Then Join a Union

The media loves to hate political correctness, especially political correctness in academia. Political correctness, they tell us, is aiding terrorism and threatening our freedoms. Never mind that a white nationalist is the Republican nominee for President of the United States: to these pundits, it’s those damn kids in college with …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Columbus in school, Boko Haram, bye BYU, campus shootings, hypnosis settlement, Duncan out, and more: Required Readings, 10.11.15

Because last week was a wash, today we have twice the normal number of Required Readings. Luckily, the news has been chock full of education-related stories to choose from. Today is Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s day in the U.S., which raises all sorts of conflicted feelings about celebration of his legacy. As …

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G&T students, soft skills, unwritten rules of college, rezoning battles, Namazie back on at Warwick: Required Readings, 09.27.15

The challenges of educating gifted and talented children begin with defining terms and identifying the students, and one Florida county discusses its efforts to identify gifted students from low-income and minority households. A new book posits that working-class graduates are less likely to find elite jobs largely because they lack social experiences and informal skills, “such …

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