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Climate change ed, discriminating vouchers, Wikipedagogy, consent in the classroom, and more: Required Readings, 06.29.16

Two bills in Congress (one each in the Senate and the House) would authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to establish a climate change education program. Meanwhile, one senator has inserted language into an appropriations bill that would prohibit the Justice Department from enforcing key provisions of the Americans with Disabilities …

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Sex Ed: Teaching consent

Trigger warnings: Sexual abuse of children   As unexpectedly as a virgin giving birth I found myself in charge of teaching sex ed to 6th graders. It’s been an interesting (and sometimes depressing) experience. We don’t have any of that “Abstinence Only” crap over here and while the parents were …

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No ASSoL after all, algebraic debate, evidence based sex ed, learning styles, and more: Required Readings, 04.11.16

Alas, the law school at George Mason University will not be named the Antonin Scalia School of Law (AssoL) after all, but many faculty and staff are not pleased. The Chino Valley Unified school board has been ordered to pay $200K to the Freedom From Religion Foundation  for expenses in a suit the district …

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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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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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Mothering African universities, disabled conference-goers, correctional ed, WI tenure, and more: Required Readings, 07.19.15

In a new study, women leaders in higher education in Africa describe their gender as an extra job they must perform, in which they must serve as maternal figures as well as role models. As the United States approaches, the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, academic organizations should make stronger …

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Standardized testing humor, too few good teachers, professors vs. teachers, Sweet Briar closes, Nepal, and evaluations: Required Readings, 05.17.15

As the school year winds down in many places, Required Readings too needs a little fun to get through the home stretch: Satirical news source The Onion takes on standardized testing as does HBO television host John Oliver. More serious reflection: Are there too few teachers or just too few good ones? …

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Sex ed live, NY teacher evals, race and discipline, science ed, banned books 2014, and more: Required Readings, 04.20.15

In pop culture, today is 420, sort of a Cannabis Christmas. However, educators are more likely to associate the date with the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. One of the biggest education stories of the past week involved a mother (and renowned sex researcher) who observed a lecture given as …

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Jihadist students, porn in sex ed, black life at UVA, the Bar, and more: Required Readings, 03.22.15

Welcome to the first Required Readings of spring (or autumn, for our colleagues in the Southern Hemisphere)! A German instructor discusses her new book about why Western students join jihadist groups. A Danish professor recommends that porn be shown and discussed in sex education courses, a Brit thinks schoolboys should …

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