Required Readings

G&T students, soft skills, unwritten rules of college, rezoning battles, Namazie back on at Warwick: Required Readings, 09.27.15

The challenges of educating gifted and talented children begin with defining terms and identifying the students, and one Florida county discusses its efforts to identify gifted students from low-income and minority households.

A new book posits that working-class graduates are less likely to find elite jobs largely because they lack social experiences and informal skills, “such as how to prepare a college application (and having cultivated the right types of accomplishments to impress admissions officers), how to network in a business setting in a way that seems natural, and how to develop rapport with teachers, interviewers, and other gatekeepers.”

Speaking of information you can’t find in a book, here’s a look at how faculty can incorporate “the secret, unwritten rules of how to succeed in college” into their pedagogical approach.

Race and class issues have arisen in response to a rezoning plan in Brooklyn.

The University of Warwick’s Student Union rescinded its earlier decision to block ex-Muslim secular activist Maryam Namazie from speaking at the university. The original justification noted: “There a number of articles written both by the speaker and by others about the speaker that indicate that she is highly inflammatory, and could incite hatred on campus.”

The ACLU of Louisiana has written the Bossier Parish School Board demanding that prayer request boxes in a local high school be removed and that references to prayer stop on school district websites. Bossier Parish may sound familiar to RR readers, as emails released earlier this year confirmed that educators there are teaching creationism in the schools and “debunking various aspects of evolution.”

A university professor explains why she uses trigger warnings in her courses.

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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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