Required Readings

A taste of state legislation, grade inflation, open education, and more: Required Readings, 03.08.16

With state legislatures back in session this spring, we could fill a month of Required Readings. Here are a few highlights (or downlights, as the case may be): The governor of South Dakota has vetoed legislation that would have required transgender students in public schools to use bathrooms, locker rooms, and other …

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Required Readings

Teaching MLK, information about information, historic images, IT in higher ed, copyright restrictions in Europe: Required Readings, 01.18.16

I’m a day late with this one: Teaching MLK’s Life The past week saw a variety of stories relevant to anyone interested in learning, critical thinking, scientific literacy, and information: A resource for instructors in need of ideas for research assignments: Project CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments) A look at …

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Required Readings

Pledging allegiance, faith-based anti-bullying, challenged books, failing exams, and news literacy: Required Readings 9.9.14

To raise awareness about church-state separation, the American Humanist Association has launched a national campaign to encourage people—including public school students—to sit out the Pledge of Allegiance until the phrase “under God” is removed from it. Campaign materials include information about how parents can talk to children about the issue …

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CultureEducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Thoughtless Cruelty

Bullying is a part of human existence.  Don’t get me wrong it’s a crappy part, but it is still a part.  As a teacher in a school I have seen a small spectrum of bullying behavior from friends teasing each other to the “popping” books so that the holder drops …

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Pop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz: I’ll Throw A Firecracker At Her Face If I Feel Like It

Teaching high school students can be such a wonderful and rewarding experience. I’ve gone home from work on an emotional high so many times for so many reasons, almost always because of the delight that can come from working with young people who are, at the heart of it, good …

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