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Required Readings, 8 September 2013

Israeli extremists and teachers with or without underwear! Good morning (I’m guessing it’ll be morning for most of you) everyone! Have a nice read on this late edition of Required Readings!

Israel education ministry accused of bowing to religious extremists after censoring sex-ed chapter – what could go wrong having teens who know nothing about girls’ bodies?

Israel Must Bring Ultra-Orthodox Into the Fold – in some years half of all Israeli first graders could be ultra-Orthodox Jews.

Little Rock school district will now make teachers wear underwear – how about focusing on what teachers have inside their heads and not outside their bodies?

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Mauricio Gago

Mauricio Gago

Mauricio Gago teaches chemistry at the University of Costa Rica. He is interested in the comprehension of science and how it helps you identify what's pseudoscience (or not science at all) and what actually lets us understand our world.


  1. September 10, 2013 at 2:55 pm —

    I just came across that underwear one. What the heck balls? That actually sounds a lot like the dress code of my conservative Catholic high school… for the students.

  2. September 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm —

    Yup…expect the principal to check your underwear everyday, so you better take clean ones!

  3. September 15, 2013 at 9:25 am —

    It’s just such a weird story. They want me to believe lack of underwear is a serious problem across the district? How many people really go to work every day without underwear? In essence, though, that dress code sounds like a professional workplace dress code, nothing “Draconian” about it. (Though the tattoo one would be a problem for me.) When I worked at high schools we could wear jeans on Fridays only. Pretty standard.

    The most annoying thing about that article for me is the accompanying photo. Because I’m so sure that’s what the people we’re talking about look like. The Arkansas schools are riddled with Victoria’s Secret models in pricey strap heels and sheer lingerie. Can we get over this “hot for teacher” crap already?

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