Required Readings

Columbus in school, Boko Haram, bye BYU, campus shootings, hypnosis settlement, Duncan out, and more: Required Readings, 10.11.15

Because last week was a wash, today we have twice the normal number of Required Readings. Luckily, the news has been chock full of education-related stories to choose from.

Today is Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s day in the U.S., which raises all sorts of conflicted feelings about celebration of his legacy. As such, debate continues about how Columbus should be covered in history class.

According to the president of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, 600 members have died and 19,000 have been displaced by Boko Haram’s attacks on schools.

A former student at Brigham Young University discusses how he was “invited to leave BYU” after telling his academic advisor he was no longer a Mormon believer.

The past 2 weeks have seen shootings on campuses across the U.S., starting with Oregon, then Arizona and Texas. Meanwhile at the University of Texas, a professor resigns because of concerns regarding the state’s campus carry law, and a student protest brings sex toys (whose display is actually banned at UT) out of the nightstand drawer and onto campus. And it’s hard out there to be a gun violence researcher.

One of the stranger news stories of the past 2 weeks involved a legal case filed by the parents of three high school students who committed suicide after being hypnotized by their high school principal.

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan has resigned: What will his legacy be? And what do we know about his replacement, John King?

Also resigning: the superintendent of a New York school district under scrutiny for diverting resources to private yeshivas.

The Steven Salaita case: in his own words.

As a follow-up to Banned Books Week, the tenets of intellectual freedom in print are applied to the electronic realm in “Are School Internet Filters the Forgotten Equity Background?”

From the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies, the 2015 edition of its Top 100 Tools for Learning.

Tips on publishing Open Access Without Tears, and the perils of publish or perish.

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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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