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EducationRequired Readings

Under-Age Sexting; Mandatory iPads; Teaching Math; Commonwealth Kisses: It’s Required Readings!

Under-age British teenagers are warned about the legal implications of texting explicit images to each other.   A school is accused of fostering bullying and creating a two-tier system by asking parents to buy iPads for their children to use in classes.   The ways in which math is taught …

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Michael Gove
EducationRequired Readings

Gove’s Gone; Islamic Fundamentalism; Sexual Assault During Field Work; Reporting College Rape: It’s Required Readings!

Welcome to Thursday’s collection of Required Readings!   I’ve posted about Michael Gove, the English Secretary of State for Education, before. I make no secret of the fact that I despise everything about his attitude towards teachers and education in general. Well, this week teachers across England woke to the …

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EducationRequired Readings

Fraudulent Peer Reviews, Teacher Strikes, School Sign-Up Chaos: It’s Required Readings!

It’s time for another batch of Required Readings! I’ve taken over the Thursday RR slot and I’d really appreciate any comments you might have about any of the articles I’ve chosen.   The Journal of Vibration and Control, a prestigious publication in the world of acoustics, has announced the discovery …

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SkepchickCon Is (Nearly) Here!

Hi everyone! The wonderful SkepchickCon is happening July 3-6 as part of CONvergence and there’s still time for you to get involved! You can find out about the event itself and get your tickets at http://skepchickcon.com You can find out about some of the incredible Space Lab events that are …

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Introducing Skeptability!

Skepchick has a new sister site! Our newest addition, Skeptability, is devoted to the discussion of disability-related issues in science, skepticism and beyond. Sarah and her team will be kicking the site off with a variety of fantastic articles over the next few days and they would love to read …

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CultureEducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz – As Seen On TV

Schools and television don’t seem to mix very well. I can’t think of many, if any, TV representations of school life that actually get it “right”. Here in the UK we have an depressingly popular television drama called Waterloo Road which is set in and around a fictional high school. …

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Pop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz: Access Denied

Time out. A phone call home. Copying out the school rules. Detention. Exclusion. A move of class. All popular high school sanctions, all designed to mould behaviour in a particular way, and all very often quite ineffective. Anyone who’s worked in an average high school for even a short amount …

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Pop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz – Not with a Bang but a Whimper

Oh dear. Prank day.   Today was the last formal school day for our senior year. They have various exams to sit over the next month and they have their prom after the exams, but today was their final timetabled day. They’re a nice group of students and my form …

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Michael Gove
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Pop Quiz – The Man Who Hates Teachers

This is Michael Gove.   Michael Gove is the Secretary of State for Education in England, meaning that he is the person in overall charge of the UK Government Department of Education.   Michael Gove has never been a teacher. Before entering politics, he was a journalist who wrote for …

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Pop Quiz – Education, Diluted

A baby has been had and the relentless first few months are over, so it’s time to write for School of Doubt again!   It’s World Homeopathy Awareness Week, apparently. Sugar pill peddlers across the globe will be spreading the good word, making sure that we are all fully educated …

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