Required Readings

Homework benefits, student loan protest, teacher turnover, Rolling Stone smackdown, and more: Required Readings, 04.05.15

Good morning Required Readers!

Spanish researchers found that more is not necessarily better regarding math and science homework, as measured by standardized test scores. The point at which time spent on homework began to negatively correlate to scores, generally speaking: about 70 minutes.

To protest what they see as fraudulent practices, some former students of for-profit colleges have stopped paying their student loans. Plus, one perspective on why college tuition costs so much, and a look at students who are accepted into prestigious universities but must decline because of cost.

Addressing a lack of classroom autonomy and similar concerns may help prevent high teacher turnover.

An independent review by the Columbia University journalism school called Rolling Stone‘s article about rape on the University of Virginia campus (since retracted) a “story of journalistic failure.”

This week in educational church-state shenanigans: an Oklahoma teacher passes out New Testaments to third graders, a Georgia middle school teacher tells students their parents aren’t Christian if they voted for President Obama, one Louisiana parish is a hot mess of religion in the schools, and a fuss in Michigan over the Transgender Day of Visibility.

Johns Hopkins is being sued for $1 billion for its role in a research study in Guatemala during the 1940s and 1950s that infected persons with sexually transmitted diseases without their consent.

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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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