Required Readings

Teaching MLK, information about information, historic images, IT in higher ed, copyright restrictions in Europe: Required Readings, 01.18.16

I’m a day late with this one: Teaching MLK’s Life The past week saw a variety of stories relevant to anyone interested in learning, critical thinking, scientific literacy, and information: A resource for instructors in need of ideas for research assignments: Project CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments) A look at …

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DOI:10.1126/science.aad4057
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Evolving school creationism, culture clashes, poor sex ed, ed tech in 2015, scholarly knowledge, and more: Required Readings, 12.20.15

A biologist has published a phylogenetic analysis of seventy-five distinct anti-evolution bills and policies. World cultures studies gone wrong: An assignment on Islam and Arabic calligraphy led to the closing of schools in one Virginia county after community members called for the beheading of a Virginia teacher. And a Texas mother …

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No more NCLB, sub overloads, too much tech, Nativity scenes, #saveourlibrary, poor U.S. sex ed, and more: Required Readings, 12.13.15

President Obama signed the successor to No Child Left Behind this week, which put the balance of power and responsibility for K-12 schools in the hands of local and state governments. Among the concerns about education in schools that serve high-poverty, at-risk students: teacher churn and the heavy use of …

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Children on a see-saw
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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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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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Pen and doodle
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Liberal students, first-gen students, more LA creationism, grad student unions, and more: Required Readings, 06.07.05

Hot on the education web this week: a liberal professor terrified by his liberal students; plus, a response. Among the struggles that first-generation college students face: guilt and a loss of identity. Newly released documents show that some Louisiana public schools are using the Bible as a science classroom textbook, with …

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Grade changes, exit interview, first-gen collegians, teacher ed, ed tech, and more: Required Readings, 2.16.15

Happy President’s Day and Lundi Gras, readers! We’ll start this week’s Required Readings with an opinion piece burning up the internet over the weekend: Dear Student: No, I Won’t Change the Grade You Deserve. Thoughts? An interview with the departing leader of a large public school system in the D.C. Metro area emphasizes …

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Rich kids get richer, core test reviews, ed tech profits, nursing school impact on patients- it’s Required Reading 4/3/2014

All right, here we go! Edushyster ponders: what if earnest nubies aren’t that much help to schools in need? If ESPN covered state-test season, the play-by-play might go like this…. Ed-tech: The first real gold rush of this latest millennia. No way!  Educational level of nurses has something to do …

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