Required Readings

Sex ed live, NY teacher evals, race and discipline, science ed, banned books 2014, and more: Required Readings, 04.20.15

In pop culture, today is 420, sort of a Cannabis Christmas. However, educators are more likely to associate the date with the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.

One of the biggest education stories of the past week involved a mother (and renowned sex researcher) who observed a lecture given as part of her teenage son’s sex education course and live tweeted the experience. Focused on abstinence, the session seemed to involve few facts but a great deal of slut shaming.

Student test scores soon may constitute half of New York State teachers’ evaluations per legislation passed last month. The education department has until June 30 to finalize the evaluation system.

A study from Stanford looks at racial bias in school discipline.

One educator presents his perspective on the future of science education. Meanwhile, activists in Louisiana are once again attempting to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, which permits the teaching of creationism. Senate Bill 74 will be heard in committee this Wednesday.

Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was the most challenged and/or banned book of 2014 according to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. Additionally, an analysis of banned books 2001-2013 shows that attempts to remove books by authors of color and books with themes about issues concerning communities of color are disproportionately challenged and banned. Another study found that of the 100 most frequently challenged books from 2000 to 2009, more than half “addressed issues about race, sexuality and/or disability; or were about non-white, LGBTQ and/or disabled characters.”

Class issues on campus: a suggestion to focus on economic policy rather than cultural cluelessness.

An Ohio middle school principal has backed down after her decision to black out the word “feminist” on a student’s t-shirt in a school photo “because some people might find it offensive” raised eyebrows and protests.

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