Required Readings

Charter school PR, freeform study, coding, a glittering bible curriculum, the lionfish story, and plagiarism: Required Readings, 7.22.14

Today’s case study in critical thinking and information evaluation comes to us from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which distributed an 18-page “messaging notebook” at a recent conference. Among the contents is a “Say This, Not This” section that suggests replacing words like application and consumers for, respectively, enrollment form and families. The entire guide as well as commentary about it are available for your perusal here.

A summer program at Lehigh University is breaking the mold by offering no course credit, no set curriculum, no penalty for failure, and little faculty involvement to help students test “their own ambition, skills, and curiosity.”

Addressing a topic of much interest in the past year or two, one publication examines the growing attention being paid to coding, computer literacy, and computational thinking.

SoD has previously discussed the Bible curriculum developed by the Hobby Lobby-owning Green family for public school students. Well, it looks like plans are on hold for now.

Remember that uplifting story about the girl whose 6th grade science fair project on lionfish revealed fascinating new information? Perhaps the story isn’t so uplifting and the information not so new. 

Finally, a nice visual summing up research on why students plagiarize.

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Image Permission: NASA Johnson Space Center

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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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