Required Readings

Health education, anti-vax conference speakers, not-so-scientific research, testing, and Henry Kissinger: Required Readings, March 25, 2014

Lots of happenings in the education realm this week. Here are just a few of them: Looking for free health information resources for K-12 teachers and students, including materials in Spanish? Check out the National Library of Medicine’s outreach efforts! Pharyngula discusses the National Science Teachers Association’s choice of proud …

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EducationRequired Readings

Cosmos and STEM, Teach for America, standardized testing, and the evils of PowerPoint

Everywhere in Skepticland, people are talking about the new Cosmos series. President Obama introduced the first episode with comments on STEM education. Standardized testing and its usage in schools at all levels is always a topic of interest. In the news this week: the revamped SAT, one parent’s story of …

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Required Readings, 6 June 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! First off, let me just say: Tiny lobsters are tearing this country apart. You’ll find out why in the first of our required readings for today. 22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other¬†– Too fascinating to not share with …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 4 April, 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! Class begins today with a plan to disenfranchise voting college students in North Carolina. That’s a real downer. We’ll end on an up-note about a young woman from Palestine who’s got a scholarship to Oxford that’s been funded in an unusual way… North Carolina senate …

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Cheating Scandal in Atlanta; or, The Ones Who Got Caught

By now you’ve probably heard about the two-year investigation that resulted in 35 Atlanta educators’ being indicted Friday in a massive cheating scandal. (If not, you can read about it here.) What these people did was wrong, not just legally but ethically, as changing student scores on standardized tests obfuscated …

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RR: 10 March 2013

Good morning, scholars! I know many of us will be especially grumpy today after sacrificing an hour of sleep on the altar of daylight savings. Please take all the time you need for these Required Readings; there’s no quiz: Stories about public school districts that are adopting the newfangled “flipped …

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