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RR: 31 March 2013

On this Easter Sunday, let us open our internets to the Required Reading page and look together at some vaguely religious-themed news items: Here is an op-ed arguing the positive impact of marriage equality on education. A Pakistani teacher was murdered this week for the crime of educating girls. ZOMG …

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RR: 24 March 2013

Hello, lovelies! My spring break was relaxing and quiet, and now, alas, it is over. Here are some items for your perusal; I will be over here weeping softly. Here is a deeply stupid thing. Here is an upsetting thing: “NASA is putting the brakes on its educational and public …

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Lesson Plans: Goodnight, Sweet Skeptic

Most of us are familiar, at least tangentially, with Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. At the very least, we probably know that the eponymous Hamlet has some problems. We may also know (or think we know) that one of those problems is a tendency toward indecisiveness; readers/viewers declare …

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RR: 17 March 2013

Good morning, scholars! Are you on spring break this week, as I am? It’s the BEST, right? Here are some things to read, in a very leisurely fashion, maybe on a beach: The American Library Association teaches high school students to read the news media critically, a desperately needed skill. …

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I Am All About Dismantling Systems of Patriarchal Authority, but Please Don’t Call Me “Hey.”

Here’s a real conversation I had this morning as I was standing just inside my office door: Student I have never seen before, gesturing toward the door next to mine: “Hey, um, do you know where she is?” Me: “No.” Student: “You don’t?” Me: “I do not. Have you checked …

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RR: 10 March 2013

Good morning, scholars! I know many of us will be especially grumpy today after sacrificing an hour of sleep on the altar of daylight savings. Please take all the time you need for these Required Readings; there’s no quiz: Stories about public school districts that are adopting the newfangled “flipped …

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Professor! I have the perfect paper topic! Harry Potter is just like Jesus!

See also: Dumbledore is just like Jesus. And Gandalf…wait for it…just like Jesus! No, hold on…FRODO is Jesus… If I had a dollar for every student who tried to write that paper, I would have retired from teaching by now. So what’s the problem? For one, labeling every heroic protagonist …

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Thinking Critically about Formal Education

NPR featured a story today titled “Skipping Out On College And ‘Hacking Your Education,’” in which they discuss the book Hacking Your Education by Dale Stephens, who also founded the website UnCollege.org. I felt like I was being a jerk in my head when I first saw the story, because my …

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Lesson Plans: Using Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” To Teach Logical Fallacies

Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” must stand as one of the most anthologized works in literature textbook history. Here, from the vantage point of my professorial desk, I can lay eyes on at least four volumes that feature it. What’s so great about “The Lottery?” For one, the story …

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Required Readings

Fighting Creeping Creationism — Full episode of Bill Moyers interviewing 19-year-old anti-creationism activist Zack Kopplin and historian Susan Jacoby. Also, Zack Kopplin’s Interactive Map of Voucher Schools Teaching Creationism in the U.S. — When “school choice” means choosing baloney…and funding it with tax dollars. The Free Technology for Teachers blog — a resource for teachers …

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