Required Readings

Virginity tests, out-of-state students, Big Brother U., first-gen troubles, PR and research findings, and early ed in Silicon Valley: Required Readings, 02.01.16

The good news: Sixteen young women from the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa will be receiving university scholarships. The bad news: They must undergo regular virginity “testing” in order to receive the funds. State universities are enrolling record numbers of out-of-state students in hopes that their higher tuition will help ameliorate diminished state …

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CultureFeminismPrimary Education

Crafting Gender

Permit me one of those exasperated sighs from the intersection between parenting, feminism and teaching. As I am writing this, my daughter is in her room, trying to finish a crafting project for school. She’s been postponing this for a while. The others in her class have all finished, but …

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Kitzmiller +10, Timothy Hunt, overrated Ivies, Alabama science: Required Readings, 09.13.15

This week saw the 10th anniversary of the Kitzmiller v Dover decision, which established that the teaching of intelligent design in publicly funded schools is unconstitutional. The latest in the story of British biochemist and professor Timothy Hunt. A new book posits that elite Ivy League universities are overrated student …

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Required Readings

Absent students, pay equality, fail ’em all, ATL test scandal, peer review sexism: Required Readings, 05.03.15

Hot on the Internet this week: a father’s response to a school’s letter regarding his children’s unexcused absences for a family trip. Then he scolded the media over its coverage, while the principal’s son asks the public to stop harassing his mother. Female profs at McMaster University will be getting …

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Required Readings

Sexy PhDs, deceptive polisci research, neuromyths, value-added modeling, hazing death conviction, and more: Required Readings, 11.2.14

Ladies, Halloween may be past, but you can be prepared for your next costuming occasion with the Sexy PhD ensemble. Be sure to read the product reviews. Three researchers at Dartmouth and Stanford were in a spot of trouble this week thanks to a mailer they sent to voters in California, Montana, and …

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Competency Based Education, the cost of it all, please don’t ruin conferences, and technology means literacy for every one!! It’s Required Reading 3/16/2014

Well  here’s some stuff: Here’s a new thing that seems to make sense in a kind of hippie way, Competency Based Education. That is, take out norms and timelines,  and help  students master targeted skills. It costs  to be poor, taxes are higher, medical care is more expensive and so …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 5 December 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! It’s the run-up to the end of the semester for me, but I’ve still gathered together some readings for you. A female graduate student, “left to die on the vine”, is now in court to sue the University of Oregon for gender discrimination. The Chronicle’s …

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Higher EducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: What do you wear to teach?

Happy Monday, Doubt Scholars! Check out this interview with art teacher Cassie Stephens (h/t miserlyoldman) in which she shows off a variety of artist-inspired dresses she wears when teaching students! Seriously go look. It’s worth a click. This got me thinking a bit about what we choose to wear in …

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Required Readings

Why Are There So Few Women In Science?: Required Reading, 3 October 2013

The New York Times today published a long-form essay by Eileen Pollack entitled Why Are There Still So Few Women In Science? The essay is so interesting and thought-provoking, that I’d like to break with form and suggest this as your only required reading today. What thought did it provoke in …

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Required Reading, 12 September 2013

Academia’s Fog of Male Anxiety. Trouble in MOOC-land. A link between reading and maths. It’s required readings – night edition! It’s a night edition because I’m, well, a teacher. Pesky students, meetings, and campus events get in the way of blogging sometimes… Academia’s Fog of Male Anxiety – Brilliant essay …

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