Required Readings

Required Readings, 23 May 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! My spring semester is officially over. Today is graduation for my school. I have 4 days to prepare for my summer session. Joy!

However, let’s first assign these required readings.

2-Year Colleges Are at Risk of ‘Separate and Unequal’ Future, Report Says – Is it any surprise that in the U.S. “we shower the most resources on the wealthiest college students and the least on the neediest”?

Women Were Secretly Filmed at West Point, the Army Says – To quote a friend of mine, “Guys, don’t do that.”

Nova Scotia students’ mouths allegedly taped shut by after-school monitor – Police are investigating. Parents are upset. Instructor is on paid leave. Oh, and speaking of Canada…

Quebec government polls public on “problem” of religious accommodation – Apparently, some in the Parti Quebecois would ban Muslim head gear in public institutions…but not crucifixes. This wouldn’t isolate or make uncomfortable any students or teachers, no-sir-ee! (link via Dan)

Can teachers have an emergency cute picture, too? If so, then you need Patrick Len’s Student scribble: happy calculator busting out numbers (our featured image today).

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P.E. Robinson

P.E. Robinson

Professor P.E. Robinson teaches astronomy to non-science majors at a 2-year college in the United States. He has a decade of experience teaching science in higher education, and providing professional development experiences to astronomers and other educators. Skepticism and critical thinking are key components of everything he teaches.


  1. May 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm —

    Two year colleges are such an important resource. Many of the seniors I teach aren’t quite ready to head off to a big college – maybe because of academics, or financial problems, or maturity, or family situations – and so a two-year college is the perfect solution. I think people still have “community colleges” in this crappy section in their mind, but today’s local colleges are challenging and relevant.

    • May 26, 2013 at 10:01 am —

      I often fail to understand the general public’s ambivalence, and sometimes disdain, for community colleges. Community colleges educate more of the “general public” than 4-year institutions or universities – mainly through open enrollment policies. The economic benefit resulting from community colleges is measurable and has high impact. Unfortunately, I think community colleges get lumped in with the wrong-headedness involved in a lot of error-ridden thinking about schools: schools are the problem, teachers are paid too much and teach too little, you don’t need school to make it big in the world, etc.

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