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Screening for suicide, UWisconsin woes, Wikipedia in the classroom, and correctional system education: Required Readings, 03.29.16

A security product for school computers also flags web activity that may indicate suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Weakened faculty governance, the virtual destruction of tenure, and slashed budgets led to a $9 million effort to retain faculty researchers at the University of Wisconsin A collection of articles on using Wikipedia as a teaching tool. …

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Endless summer, same-sex firing, textbooks optional, writing assignments, the education/health nexus, and more: Required Readings, 07.10.15

If you’ve ever wondered how the summer vacation schedule in the U.S. came to be and why it persists, you’ll want to read this new series from SoD sister site Grounded Parents. A Pennsylvania Catholic school may be in hot water for firing a teacher in a same-sex marriage by violating …

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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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Grade changes, exit interview, first-gen collegians, teacher ed, ed tech, and more: Required Readings, 2.16.15

Happy President’s Day and Lundi Gras, readers! We’ll start this week’s Required Readings with an opinion piece burning up the internet over the weekend: Dear Student: No, I Won’t Change the Grade You Deserve. Thoughts? An interview with the departing leader of a large public school system in the D.C. Metro area emphasizes …

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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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Education in 2015, the Jesuit brand, textbook troubles, tiny terrorists, and social media: Required Readings, 1.5.15

The end of a calendar year brings with it an abundance of compiled lists by various and sundry experts: best nonfiction, top newsmakers, scariest graphs about climate change, most successful new restaurants. As such, Required Readings doesn’t want you to miss these education stories to watch, 15 education predictions for …

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In UK: Creationism Takes One More Kick to the Groin, Teach Your Daughters to Code, S. Africa Transitioning to Digital Textbooks: Required Readings 06.22.14

Some would claim a recent ban on creationism in UK public schools is a win for the British Humanist Association, who has been campaigning for such a ban since 2011, but really its a win for all humans (who, by the way, share a common ancestor with chimpanzees).  The UK government …

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The President of McGraw-Hill Higher Ed Wants a Complete Transition to Ebooks by 2015: Is He a Visionary or Just High?

That’s a long title, sorry. I’m also sorry for taking a School of Doubt sabbatical with a couple of snow days and some personal time combined with a bit of sick leave. But I am back with you now, doubters! Shall we do some doubting together? Remember when this happened? …

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