Required Readings

McCollum anniversary, Common Core, library grants, opting out of homework, and more: Required Readings, 03.08.15

Yesterday marked 67 years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McCollum v. Board of Education, which found that “the use of public school facilities by religious organizations to give religious instruction to school children violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.” The documentary The Lord Is Not on Trial Here Today is a fantastic resource on the case.

More commentary about Common Core.

Author James Patterson will partner with publisher Scholastic to donate $1.25 million to preK-12 school libraries.

Opting out of homework: This is a thing? Have any SoD run into this as a parent or as a teacher?

After “mistakenly” advertising for a superintendent with “a strong Christian background and philosophy” despite working with a professional search firm and reviewing the job description beforehand, a northern Michigan public school district has apologized and rewritten the position description, noting “Clearly, it was not intended to discriminate in any way, shape or form.” Of course not.

Worth 5 minutes of your day: a student-made documentary about growing up as an atheist in Texas.

Virginia’s Sweet Briar College has announced that it will close later this year for financial reasons. Is there a lesson here for other small liberal arts institutions?

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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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  1. March 15, 2015 at 5:42 pm —

    “Opting out of homework: This is a thing? Have any SoD run into this as a parent or as a teacher?”
    We are, kind of, as parents.
    Not only does the data tell us that it’s usually not worth the effort, for our kid it’s also plain not necessary. Seriously, why ruin everybody’s Saturday by making her do 20 more exercises at the level of 57-38 when she tells you “Hey mum, did you know there are 1 million milimetres in a kilometre”?
    We agreed with her teacher that she has to do some homeworkso she won’t be treated like a very special snowflake as opposed to the other kids, but that she’ll try to give her something different, more to her level. I suppose we’ll keep on insisting on homework no matter what the data says for quite a while….

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