Required Readings

Digital divide, dress codes, problems as pedagogy, homeless students, and more: Required Readings, 08.30.15

Following a week in a land with few home computers (a.k.a., the town where I grew up), I thought I’d start off this week’s Required Readings with an article on the Digital Divide; specifically, Apple’s efforts to bridge it via the federal ConnectED program. Gendered dress codes at school: discussed in …

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Teacher helps pupil with his reading, FSA (Farm Security Administration) camp for farm workers. Caldwell, Idaho. School is held at the camp because of lack of room in city schools
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Freelance academics, trigger warnings, loyalty oaths, failing schools in FL, prep school sex scandal, NLRB football ruling: Required Readings, 08.16.15

You don’t have to be tenured to engage with the public about your research: Freelance Academics as Public Intellectuals The discourse regarding trigger warnings in higher education continues: Coddling of the American Mind and a disaster for education and mental health, or missing the point about addressing the needs of students with post-traumatic …

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Better sex ed, #saidnoschoolever, exceptional U.S. history, Salaita updates, and more: Required Readings, 08.09.15

Let’s begin this week’s Required Readings with an entry that doesn’t actually require reading and that you probably shouldn’t view at work. On a recent episode of Last Week Tonight, comedian John Oliver skewered the sad state of sex education in the United States—noting “There is no way we’d allow …

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Emotion in academia, NCLB and special ed, student suicides, Georgetown quackademics, and more: Required Readings, 07.28.15

H/T to our mothership site, Skepchick, for drawing our attention to this article on why academia needs passionate, emotional women (and men). Was improving outcomes for special education students No Child Left Behind’s one big achievement? Meanwhile, discrimination against disabled students in higher education. Campus Suicide and the Pressure of …

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Mothering African universities, disabled conference-goers, correctional ed, WI tenure, and more: Required Readings, 07.19.15

In a new study, women leaders in higher education in Africa describe their gender as an extra job they must perform, in which they must serve as maternal figures as well as role models. As the United States approaches, the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, academic organizations should make stronger …

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Harmful teaching in Kansas and Canada, minority homeschoolers, academic closures, and more: Required Readings, 03.01.15

Did March come in like a lamb or a lion where you are? For the “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” file, we have Senate Bill 56, which would allow teachers to be prosecuted for presenting material deemed harmful to minors. The state senate passed the bill Wednesday. Continuing a look at …

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Anti-vax profs, higher ed budget slashing, vouchers, gender bias, homeschooling: Required Readings, 2.8.15

Happy Sunday, and welcome to this week of Required Readings. A Canadian professor is under fire this week due to student reports that she is teaching refuted information about the dangers of vaccinations as fact in her courses. Who needs higher education? Apparently not Wisconsin or Louisiana, based on proposals …

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Satanists in Florida schools, academic freedom, inequality on campus, BYOD, and more: Required Readings, 9.16.14

The Satanic Temple of Orange County, Florida, will be distributing copies of The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities in county schools in the wake of a court decision stating that if the schools allowed Christian groups to disseminate Bibles and Christian-oriented religious materials, they would also have to allow atheist and other groups …

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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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Pop Quiz: Freedom of Speech in the Classroom

In 2006 the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of Garcetti v. Ceballos that public employee’s “job duty speech” is not protected under the First Amendment. That means that while on the clock teachers of public institutions are not afforded freedom of speech.  This includes primary and secondary …

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