AP history in OK, dealing with drugs on campus, faculty support to students, budget cuts, and parenting research: Required Readings, 02.22.15
Probably the biggest story in education and critical thinking over the past week was an Oklahoma bill that would cut state funding for the Advanced Placement history course in high schools because the bill’s author (and others) believes it emphasizes “what is bad about America” and characterizes the United States as a “nation of oppressors and exploiters.” The bill was withdrawn and in its place will likely be legislation requiring state review of the course content.
Meanwhile, the province of Quebec is examining policies regarding strip searches of students who are suspected of possessing drugs.
Let’s hop into the Wayback Machine for this piece from 2014 about the rise of the helicopter teacher.
And more recent is this examination of what faculty can do to help struggling students survive in “corporate universities.”
Illinois becomes the third state this spring proposing large cuts to higher education, joining Wisconsin (the University of Wisconsin System is looking at $300 million in reductions) and Louisiana (public universities and colleges have lost more than 50% of their state funding over the past 8 years and are facing another $400 million in cuts).
And we end this week’s Readings with an opportunity to participate in a research project, assuming you’re over 18 years old, do not currently have children, but are planning to do so at some point in the future.
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