Local college professor in altercation with alt-right serviceman (Indiana Jones vs. Nazi)
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Required Readings, 11.21.16

I’ve started and deleted this column for 2 weeks now, trying to determine what from the flood of news to feature. The various attacks in schools and universities across the country? The fear coming from immigrant students, including my own, about what the election will mean for them and their families? …

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You Don’t Need Me to Refute This White Nationalist Poster for You, but Here You Go Anyway

This past fall, the above poster appeared on some U.S. campuses. The first appearance that I can find was on September 26th at the University of Michigan, and then on November 14th, a group called Fordham Students United reported that it was posted on their campus. It bears the same …

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De-escalation tips, teacher salaries, library anxiety, SCOTUS audio, race in the classroom, and student retention: Required Readings, 08.17.16

Useful info for anyone who in contact with children: 20 tips to help de-escalate interactions with defiant or anxious students How gender bias affects teacher salaries (and those of other pink-collar professions) H/t to the Skepchick mothership. Also, half of preschool teachers require federal aid to make ends meet, and 2015 weekly wages …

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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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Illegal aliens in academic libraries, first secular chair, research guide to Lemonade, international students, unemployed law graduates, and more: Required Readings, 05.29.16

A move by the House of Representatives will require the Library of Congress to retain the term “illegal alien” for cataloging and search purposes, reversing the library’s plan to replace the term with less prejudicial identifiers, such as “noncitizens” or “unauthorized immigration.” How does this relate to education? Most college and university libraries …

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Summer vacation history, pre-K indoctrination in TX, integrative med ed, critical skills for grads, and more: Required Readings, 04.25.16

From our sister site Grounded Parents is a historical review of the evolution of summer breaks within the U.S. public school system. According to Texas State BOE candidate Mary Lou Bruner, who has appeared in prior Required Readings, the goal of pre-K education programs is gay indoctrination. The inclusion of training …

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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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Flags down at Ole Miss, social media diversity, learning software, teachers and librarians, new UNC system leader, and #icanhazpdf: Required Readings, 10.25.15

Filed under “Things I Never Thought I’d See”: student senators at the University of Mississippi (a.k.a., “Ole Miss”) voted last week to remove the state flag from campus because it incorporates the Confederate battle flag. In an era where what you see in your search results and your Facebook feed …

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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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