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Sexy PhDs, deceptive polisci research, neuromyths, value-added modeling, hazing death conviction, and more: Required Readings, 11.2.14

Ladies, Halloween may be past, but you can be prepared for your next costuming occasion with the Sexy PhD ensemble. Be sure to read the product reviews. Three researchers at Dartmouth and Stanford were in a spot of trouble this week thanks to a mailer they sent to voters in California, Montana, and …

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Charter school PR, freeform study, coding, a glittering bible curriculum, the lionfish story, and plagiarism: Required Readings, 7.22.14

Today’s case study in critical thinking and information evaluation comes to us from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which distributed an 18-page “messaging notebook” at a recent conference. Among the contents is a “Say This, Not This” section that suggests replacing words like application and consumers for, respectively, enrollment form and families. …

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Information evaluation, competency-based ed, E-rate, school to prison, and textbook troubles: Required Readings, 7.15.14

As part of my role as a librarian, I teach varying levels of humanity how to evaluate the reliability of information with which they are presented, whether on the web or in print. Harriet Hall’s Science-Based Medicine article may not be related to education or teaching, strictly speaking, but the guidance she …

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Civil rights in charter schools, funding cuts, tenure hijinks, Oh students! Sing to me, with love! It’s Required Reading 5/15/2014

Ok – here’s some stuff : Dept of Ed   reminds charter schools that they are not  excused from students’ civil rights, probably in response to stuff like this, or this Here’s some reminders of exasperating shit: An interview with Principal John Kuhn, whose letter from the Alamo went viral a few years ago. …

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Religious Holidays, Science Teacher Suspended for Doing His Job, Standardized Testing Eulogy, Charter Schools, and Segregation 60 Years after Brown v Board, it’s Required Readings 04.20.14

Good Sunday morning.  Did you know to ast Eostre is the goddess of spring (or the dawn depending on which source you read)?  Yep, Easter, like Christmas is another pagan holiday co opted by early Christianity.  In December, around the shortest day of the year, we bring into our homes …

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Charter school admissions, parents and homework, zero tolerance and using videos in the classroom: Required Reading 3/20

Okey dokey-here’s what we’ve got: Some of the ins and outs of how Charter schools  can select their students. The issue of Backfill. Are parents  helping kids with their homework really helping? Really? So called “zero tolerance” has a lot of ridiculous aspects, like this kid who got suspended for …

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Which kind of preschools work, which kind of sex-ed doesn’t, a meeting of minds and the subtext of “No excuses”- Required Reading 2/20/2014

Okay- here’s some of the latest if not all the greatest: Some recent discussion on the value of full day preschool. Think Progress hooks us up with some un-cheering data about what kind of sex ed doesn’t work.  Can you guess? Ok, I’ll tell you: the kind that doesn’t tell …

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Wondering about grades? Us, too. Also: adjuncts in the news, charter school walkouts, computer graded writing. It’s Required Reading 2-6-2014!

What’s in a grade? Does a high GPA from a prestigious university indicate  a moral and unthuglike character ?   Why bring it up? Speaking of grades, why the leap from D to F?  Shouldn’t you lose points for forgetting one of the most popular letters? Well, New Jersey really needs …

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