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New ED Secretary, critical digital literacies, shoulders shock professor, censored student journalism, and more: Required Readings, 12.19.16

So, it turns out the last Required Reading news about potential nominees for Secretary of Education missed the mark. Meet Betsy DeVos. But what’s the worse that could happen? Truthy Lies and Surreal Truths: A Plea for Critical Digital Literacies An Idaho university student received a zero on a humanities …

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Politics

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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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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School yard bully kicking a ball at three others
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MOOCs, liberal indoctrination, #charlestonsyllabus, TX BOE chair, King & King controversy, y mas: Required Readings, 06.28.15

Hat tip to School of Doubt’s mother ship, Skepchick, for this article on the role MOOCs are playing in the professional development of educators. Turning Point USA, a conservative activist organization, wants to teach college students how to avoid indoctrination by “liberal professors.” You can view their offerings here. A Brandeis …

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Art exhibit removed, student podcasts, ethnography and ethics, Sweet Briar staying open, and more: Required Readings, 06.21.15

School administrators in Maryland took down a student art exhibit on police brutality against black men, ostensibly to keep students out of “the middle of a media firestorm.” One Connecticut teacher had her 10th graders create podcasts focused on the themes of To Kill a Mockingbird.  Sociologist Alice Goffman’s book about …

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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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Religion and schools, abortion training, out-of-state tuition, defending music ed, NOLA charters, and eradicating graphic novels in college: Required Readings, 06.14.15

Dogma-based practices insert themselves into the education system in a variety of ways. Sometimes, they present via proselytization, pregame prayers, or religious education. Within medical education, there is “The Scarcity of Abortion Training in America’s Medical Schools.” As states cut back on funding higher education, public universities are increasingly “Raising out-of-state tuition …

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EducationPop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz: This Book has been Rated NC-17

Happy Friday, Pop Quizzers! Let’s talk about sex and violence and monsters!   Our school library is one of my favourite places to be during my working day. It’s packed to the gills with all sorts of wonderful fiction and non-fiction books and it’s surprisingly well used by the pupils. …

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CultureEducationPop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz: This Post has been Censored for your Protection.

Today I taught a Forbidden Poem. A piece of writing deemed so offensive by a select group of people that a few years ago teachers were told to literally tear up every book that contained it. The government removed this poem from the English syllabus across an entire country, meaning …

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Required Readings, 8 September 2013

Israeli extremists and teachers with or without underwear! Good morning (I’m guessing it’ll be morning for most of you) everyone! Have a nice read on this late edition of Required Readings! Israel education ministry accused of bowing to religious extremists after censoring sex-ed chapter – what could go wrong having …

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Required Readings, 21 July 2013

Where is gay porn most popular? Could it be that repressing actions doesn’t repress thoughts? Hope you find this and the other articles very interesting. Have a nice day and a nice read! Why Is Gay Porn So Popular in Pakistan? – just remember, the Lord and Allah are pervs, and …

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