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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 what happened when she tried to opt her children out of state testing, and a request for congressional hearings on its use in evaluating students, educators and schools.

A teacher’s note to Google about its $40 million investment in Renaissance Learning, purveyor of the Accelerated Reader program.

We’ve all seen it in action, but one columnist explains why bad PowerPoints are the scourge of higher ed.

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Librarienne is a university librarian who sees her professional mission as teaching the masses how to separate the wheat from the chaff in today's expanding universe of information, that everything you read requires a critical eye, and how to properly use apostrophes.

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