Required Readings

Higher ed data, law school, school reform, e-books, and Ferguson schools: Required Readings, 08.19.14

Today’s first Required Reading will flood your brain with data: The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual almanac of academia provides data on everything from the professional backgrounds of college presidents to the high school dropout rate in North Dakota.

One of the things I learned while watching friends and loved ones go through their legal studies is that what you learn in law school has little to do with what you need to know to pass the Bar exam and that both have almost nothing to do with what you need to know as a working attorney. Could undergraduate law degrees be an answer?

Speaking of reform, consider these 7 things teachers are tired of hearing from school reformers. Intelligent design gets a mention.

As more schools move toward e-books for their textbook needs, educators will want to follow research such as this study about reading comprehension and recall on electronic readers.

I was hesitant to say too much about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, over the past week, in case my head exploded in rage and rantiness. But I do want to spread some positive news. The Ferguson-Florissant school district—which has been delayed by events there—was about to begin a program in which all students would receive free lunches, not just those qualifying under federal poverty guidelines.  To offset the effect of the school closure on students who rely on the school lunch program, an online campaign has raised more than $100,000 for the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Regarding food for the mind, parents are being encouraged to bring their children to the Ferguson Public Library for learning activities.

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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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