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Lecture-free college courses, social media publishing, climate brainwashing, bad timing in Texas, and more: Required Readings, 07.29.16

Losing the lecture in higher education: Innovation or problematic pedagogy? The role of social media in scholarly publishing Oklahoma’s Sen. Jim Inhofe is spitting mad that his granddaughter was “brainwashed” at public school to believe that climate change is real. For those not aware, Sen. Inhofe happens to be the chair …

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Infolit for first-gen students, American intellectualism, helping quiet kids succeed, academic social media, and more: Required Readings, 07.14.16

Critical information literacy and first-generation college students A new book reimagines popular notions of American intellectualism How teachers can: Help “quiet kids” tap their superpowers Encourage cross-racial friendships Academics’ use of social media is changing the face of scholarly publishing The Secular Student Alliance is asking both the Democratic and …

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Teacher appreciation (or not), image manipulation, overexposed football player, campus care, and follow-ups: Required Readings, 05.03.16

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! Not feeling particularly appreciated today are public school teachers in Detroit, who are engaging in a sick-out for the second day. Why? They were told that the district would be unable to pay them once $48.7 million in emergency state aid runs out June 30. Then there …

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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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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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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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Online teaching tools, triggers, college ratings, plagiarism, and community colleges: Required Readings, 12.21.14

Happy solstice, whether it be winter or summer where you are! We ran across a couple cool education-related web tools this week: one for students and teachers of English, and the other regarding environmental health and toxicology. In addition, citizen science can interest learners of all ages. To pick up a thread of …

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Dress codes, academic journal pricing, family and academia, Hobby Lobby, and more: Required Readings, 6.17.14

Dress codes, their use, and their abuse have been in the news quite frequently in the U.S. lately. This NPR article rounds up the required readings on news reports related to the topic, while one writer with a preteen daughter offers her opinion on the hoopla. From the Institute for the Research of …

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Scholarly publishing a-go-go, digital literacy, the Aaron Swartz case, and pre-K suspensions: Required Readings, April 1, 2014

If I were feeling more clever and less fuzzy brained (no more late-night ice cream), I’d have whipped up a fun faux Required Readings for April Fool’s Day. However, when a state votes to keep on the books a creationism education law declared unconstitutional more than 25 years ago and …

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