Required Readings

Homeschooling must involve teaching, controversy in health textbooks, new NEA president, and more: Required Readings, 08.12.14

Required Readings begins today with pleasantly surprising news: a positive judicial outcome regarding religion and education in Texas. Guess you can’t stop teaching your homeschooled children because you sincerely believe the Rapture is coming. Also, IMHO, if your child is running away from home so she can attend school, you’re doing something wrong.

A health textbook is causing controversy in one San Francisco-area school district because of the frankness with which it handles sexual health. In addition to general reproductive information, the book also covers topics such as the stages of arousal, erotic touch, and paraphilias.

Meet the incoming head of the National Education Association—the largest union in the U.S.—and hear from the author of the new book Building a Better Teacher.

Last week, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the National Collegiate Athletic violated antitrust laws in its rules that prohibit student athletes from profiting from the use of their names and likenesses. Here’s a look at how the decision may affect college sports.

The Troops to Teachers program has not been as effective as anticipated at moving veterans into the classroom.

As we head into the start of a new school year in the U.S. (although some of us are already there), at least a few of our readers will find these lifehacks for teachers useful somehow.

Not news per se, but the results of this crowdsourcing attempt asking readers if they’ve ever been taught “fake science” provide an interesting glimpse of the front lines of science education.

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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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