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Ed news highlights, Trump budget, fewer international applicants, general ed, and more: Required Readings, 03.16.17

For those interested in more general education news roundups, NPR is now providing a weekly discussion of top stories. Here is the most recent version. The Atlantic is doing the same. Meanwhile, if you or the institution you work for is a subscriber to the Chronicle of Higher Ed, you can …

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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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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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AR mumps outbreak, Brigham Young changes assault policy, open data, Penn State, and more: Required Readings, 11.05.16

Four of Arkansas’ largest school districts have reported students having the mumps, part of a larger outbreak being investigated by the state Department of Health with more than 500 suspected cases, with 71% of them children. As a follow-up to a story we’ve discussed before, Brigham Young University announced last week that students …

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Pie Chart from Money
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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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All about religion in schools: Required Readings, 03.21.16

Some weeks here at Required Readings, I worry that too many of the entries focus on church-state clashes, drawing attention away from an ocean of other education-related news of interest to skeptics. This week, however, I am moving in the other direction to shine a spotlight on these matters. Why? This article about the …

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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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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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G&T students, soft skills, unwritten rules of college, rezoning battles, Namazie back on at Warwick: Required Readings, 09.27.15

The challenges of educating gifted and talented children begin with defining terms and identifying the students, and one Florida county discusses its efforts to identify gifted students from low-income and minority households. A new book posits that working-class graduates are less likely to find elite jobs largely because they lack social experiences and informal skills, “such …

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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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UNC Chapel Hill, Kenan Memorial Stadium
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Wisconsin woes, promoting Christianity in school, why student should fail, UNC program cuts, child poverty, humanistic medicine, chocolate fraud, and more: Required Readings, 05.31.15

Best education headline of the week: What the heck is going on with Wisconsin public education? Among the plans raising eyebrows: efforts to trim teacher training requirements that would put high school graduates in the classroom and a giveaway to private schools via vouchers. A Colorado teacher has filed a lawsuit …

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