Required Readings

No ASSoL after all, algebraic debate, evidence based sex ed, learning styles, and more: Required Readings, 04.11.16

Alas, the law school at George Mason University will not be named the Antonin Scalia School of Law (AssoL) after all, but many faculty and staff are not pleased.

The Chino Valley Unified school board has been ordered to pay $200K to the Freedom From Religion Foundation  for expenses in a suit the district lost regarding its “reciting prayers, Bible readings and proselytizing at board meetings.”

In other good news, the governor of Idaho has vetoed legislation to teach the Bible in public schools.

Meanwhile, an atheist and Satanic book giveaway teaches lessons about equal treatment of religions.

Is math being taught wrong?: All about quantitative literacy. But maybe algebra is OK after all.

From the bench to the market: the rise of regulatory science degree programs.

Sen. Cory Booker and 11 co-sponsors have put forward the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act, which would require that sex education programs be “evidence based, medically accurate, developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate; inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ) students; and promotes education achievement, critical thinking, decision-making, and self-efficacy. ”

The myth of learning styles. Just let it go.

A Swiss school’s decision to exempt some male Muslim students from shaking their female teachers’ hands before and after class (common practice in schools there) has garnered international controversy.

Some interesting education resources that came to our attention this week:

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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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