Predatory publishers, disabilities and jobhunting, Spamalot, adjuncts, et al: Required Readings, 8.26-27.14
If I were grading myself for SoD, I would have just dropped my grade by a letter for turning in my assignment late with no real excuse (I completely forgot in a mess of a Tuesday). So to make up for my lapse, here’s an extra credit-worthy Required Readings.
One of the downsides of the open access movement has been the rise of predatory publishers. “Bad Science Journals” provides a good background on these fraudsters of academia and what would-be authors should look out for in determining if a journal may not be on the up and up.
A postdoctoral researcher shares her thoughts on disability disclosure in applications in this essay on academic jobhunting in a “divergent body.”
Documents show that a Pennsylvania school that cancelled a performance of Monty Python’s Spamalot did so solely because of the musical’s “homosexual themes” and then lied about its reasoning when questioned by local media.
Today on the adjunct beat: One instructor looks at how shifting from the tenure track to an adjunct position has affected her teaching, while one of these “stoop laborers of education” has a few things to say about universities’ increasing reliance on adjuncts.
A story on successfully educating poor students examines the need for dedicated social workers who are embedded in schools.
Two authors debate the question “Can writing be taught?”
I was grumbling about the overtly Christian prayers during our public university’s graduation ceremonies, but teachers in one Mississippi school district had to sit through a church service masquerading as a mandatory back-to-school convocation.
Next door in Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal has decided that changing his position on the Common Core standards isn’t enough. He will now be filing suit against the federal government for manipulating federal grant processes to force states “down a path toward a national curriculum” in violation of the Constitution’s state sovereignty clause.
What does the SoD audience think of this new university and its bookless library?
And finally, let’s give a standing ovation for this Illinois school superintendent’s letter to families about what matters most in his district.
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