Required Readings

Transgender students, serious academics, USMLE Step 2, integrative learning, and more: Required Readings, 08.08.16

The “good Pope” believes that schools are teaching children that they can choose their gender. ‘The pope blamed what he called “ideological colonising” backed by “very influential countries,” which he did not identify.’ Seriously, a Pope is complaining about ideological colonization via schools? Has the man ever picked up a …

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EducationPedagogyPrimary Education

#StopBashingTeachers, a charter school’s equivalent to #PoliceLivesMatter

There’s a video of a New York charter school doing its rounds at the moment in which you can see a teacher verbally and emotionally abuse a first grade student. If you love kids, if you’ve been abused as a child yourself, that video makes you want to cry, puke …

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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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EducationPedagogy

Crime and Punishment

Two things cropped up simultaneously in my Twitter timeline this week. One was the outrage over the brutal assault of a black teenage girl by a white police officer in class that you sure all heard of. The other one was less prominent and I would have missed it if …

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Education and unions, post-Katrina education, learning theories mapped, preschool privilege, new UIowa prez rankles, and more: Required Readings, 09.06.15

In honor of Labor Day in the U.S., let’s start today’s Required Readings with some news about unions: Is there a Blue State frontier for teachers unions? Pennsylvania’s state university system has approved contracts with four labor unions, while the state’s faculty union is opposing a proposed background check policy. …

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CA student vax law, HI charter school prayers, Confederate education, Elsevier boycott, @AcademicsSay, and more: Required Readings, 07.05.15

At the intersection of skepticism and education this week: California Governor Jerry Brown signed one of the nation’s strictest school vaccination laws. Christian prayers at charter schools in Hawaii: Crossing a line? Following the mass shooting in Charleston, SC: questions about teaching the history of the Confederacy as well as discussion of present-day battles …

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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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#147notjustanumber, What If and open access, Jedi temples on Turkish campuses, and more: Required Readings, 04.12.15

A social media campaign seeks to draw attention to each individual victim of a terrorist attack last week at a Kenyan university, sharing photos and the details of students’ lives. The utility of open access to scholarly materials as exemplified by xkcd creator Randall Munroe’s What If blog (recently published as a book) raises lots …

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Peer review and paywall problems, STEM education, critical education, not-critical thinking, medical education

Publisher BioMed Central has retracted 43 papers because of problematic or fraudulent peer reviews. On a broader scale, how can the article submission and review processes be improved? Journal paywalls and lip-syncing to the academic conversation. Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous (I must have missed the U.S. obsession with …

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