Required Readings

Required Readings, 10.26.14

Welcome to a new day for Required Readings, which will henceforth be presented once a week, on Sundays. RR is a collection of news stories, opinion pieces, and education resources we hope you’ll find interesting and/or useful, particularly if you’re a skeptical educator of some sort. But we can’t do it without you, dear readers! RR needs to reflect the breadth of education: from toddlers to lifelong learners, from one side of the International Date Line to the other. I don’t want the stories presented to skew to the American and to the university level, so if you read something you believe should be included in RR, submit it using our contact form!

Meanwhile, the Management hopes you enjoy today’s RR selections:

RR may have missed National News Engagement Day earlier this month, but here are 50 great ideas for incorporating current events into your teaching.

The slide rule has been around for hundreds of years, and some instructors are still using it in classrooms today.

Taking into consideration research showing positive outcomes in teenagers when school begins later, one Virginia county voted to delay start times in 25 schools by almost an hour.

It may seem a bit early for commencement controversy, but some University of California at Berkeley students are not happy about the selection of Bill Maher as a winter graduation speaker, in large part because of his comments regarding violence and Islam.

Probably the biggest news in academia this week was the release of investigation findings regarding academic fraud at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Chronicle of Higher Education summarizes the results, and the full report is available here. And SoD author Dan addresses larger issues in higher education as reflected by the scandal.

Prominent on the world stage was the fact that the final state in Germany charging tuition fees for higher education has abolished them so as not to “discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study.” Whether this state of affairs will continue indefinitely may be another matter entirely.

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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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