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A taste of state legislation, grade inflation, open education, and more: Required Readings, 03.08.16

With state legislatures back in session this spring, we could fill a month of Required Readings. Here are a few highlights (or downlights, as the case may be): The governor of South Dakota has vetoed legislation that would have required transgender students in public schools to use bathrooms, locker rooms, and other …

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Freelance academics, trigger warnings, loyalty oaths, failing schools in FL, prep school sex scandal, NLRB football ruling: Required Readings, 08.16.15

You don’t have to be tenured to engage with the public about your research: Freelance Academics as Public Intellectuals The discourse regarding trigger warnings in higher education continues: Coddling of the American Mind and a disaster for education and mental health, or missing the point about addressing the needs of students with post-traumatic …

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Emotion in academia, NCLB and special ed, student suicides, Georgetown quackademics, and more: Required Readings, 07.28.15

H/T to our mothership site, Skepchick, for drawing our attention to this article on why academia needs passionate, emotional women (and men). Was improving outcomes for special education students No Child Left Behind’s one big achievement? Meanwhile, discrimination against disabled students in higher education. Campus Suicide and the Pressure of …

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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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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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Why the Opt-Out Movement is Growing in New York

Last week, tens of thousands of children sat out the New York State Common Core English Language arts exams as their parents’ frustrations pushed them to finally boycott the test. In some districts, over 50% of students sat out the test with over 175,000 children opting out in grades 3-8. …

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Free community college, NCLB changes, Israeli science books sans ladyparts, Young Skeptics, and more: Required Readings, 1.11.15

Welcome to the “my computer was acting up, so my assignment is late, Professor” edition of Required Readings! The biggest news in education, in the United States at least, was President Obama’s announcement of a new initiative to make 2 years of tuition-free community college education available to millions of …

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Plagiarism, support for higher education, anti-cheating efforts, and The Onion: Required Readings for 8.5.14

Plagiarism and copyright have been much on my mind thanks to a 4-week course on copyright for educators and the process of developing a scientific writing lecture for future medical practitioners. So I found this “field guide” to defenses and other public statements from accused plagiarizers interesting and a little …

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Religious Holidays, Science Teacher Suspended for Doing His Job, Standardized Testing Eulogy, Charter Schools, and Segregation 60 Years after Brown v Board, it’s Required Readings 04.20.14

Good Sunday morning.  Did you know to ast Eostre is the goddess of spring (or the dawn depending on which source you read)?  Yep, Easter, like Christmas is another pagan holiday co opted by early Christianity.  In December, around the shortest day of the year, we bring into our homes …

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Coding for Kinder, tasers, testing kills classes and more!! Required Reading 3/30/2014

Here’s some of the latest: A new kind of mudpie? Some countries are moving coding way up in the curriculum. How would you address a stressed-out, crying student laying on the floor ? If “taser” is your first choice you may have a career waiting for you  in Syracuse. Janet …

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