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RR: 17 March 2013

Good morning, scholars! Are you on spring break this week, as I am? It’s the BEST, right? Here are some things to read, in a very leisurely fashion, maybe on a beach:

The American Library Association teaches high school students to read the news media critically, a desperately needed skill.

There’s an International Summit on the Teaching Profession? And it was in Amsterdam this week? And I was not invited, why? In spite of the personal insult of my invitation’s non-arrival, I encourage you to check out the three commitments made at the summit by the US Department of Ed.

Documentary film Race to Nowhere argues for a “new narrative” of education. The film “gives voice to those closest to the education system and highlights how a narrow focus on high-stakes testing, competition and busyness has led to an epidemic of anxious, disengaged and unprepared young people.”

More MOOC for credit angst out of California.

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DrShell is an Associate Professor of English at a small liberal arts college. She teaches world literature, composition, popular culture, and speculative fiction and serves as faculty sponsor for the Secular Student Alliance. DrShell lives in tame suburbia with her husband and son and a pack of rescued pets, where she spends a lot of time running, taking Body Pump classes, and thinking about getting another tattoo.

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