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Missing school staff, sports program subsidies, Common Core repeals, the Flame Challenge, and more: Required Readings, 11.15.15

The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Huffington Post investigated the use of student fees and other subsidies by public universities to support their Division I athletic programs. What happens when enrollment booms while budgets are slashed? In Virginia, this scenario has meant more than 11,000 “missing” teachers and staff. The …

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Freelance academics, trigger warnings, loyalty oaths, failing schools in FL, prep school sex scandal, NLRB football ruling: Required Readings, 08.16.15

You don’t have to be tenured to engage with the public about your research: Freelance Academics as Public Intellectuals The discourse regarding trigger warnings in higher education continues: Coddling of the American Mind and a disaster for education and mental health, or missing the point about addressing the needs of students with post-traumatic …

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Better sex ed, #saidnoschoolever, exceptional U.S. history, Salaita updates, and more: Required Readings, 08.09.15

Let’s begin this week’s Required Readings with an entry that doesn’t actually require reading and that you probably shouldn’t view at work. On a recent episode of Last Week Tonight, comedian John Oliver skewered the sad state of sex education in the United States—noting “There is no way we’d allow …

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College sport myths, science un-fairs, student power, no more biblical thoughts for the day, SXSWedu, and more: Required Readings, 03.15.15

In honor of yesterday’s release of the NCAA men’s basketball brackets, we’d like to begin today’s RR with 5 myths about college sports. This idea probably won’t come as a surprise to many of our readers, but many believe that Science Fairs Aren’t So Fair. Why Do American Students Have So …

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Anti-evolutionaries, bible school accreditation, not-so-mandatory religion classes, mindfulness, and more: Required Readings, 01.25.15

Just when you think the American anti-science forces out there have turned their attention from teaching creationism to focusing on climate change denial, they return to their favorite scientific boogeyman. January 2015 has seen proposed legislation in Indiana, Missouri, Montana, and Oklahoma to allow teachers to address “scientific controversies” such as those that (in …

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Pearl Harbor resources, #FergusonSyllabus, Nature public access, athletics, and the worst U.S. college: Required Readings, 12.07.14

In honor of today’s anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Required Readings begins with a collection of primary source materials from the Education Department at the National World War II Museum. The site also includes lesson plans and other teaching resources, examples of student projects, virtual exhibits, and materials on science and …

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Homeschooling must involve teaching, controversy in health textbooks, new NEA president, and more: Required Readings, 08.12.14

Required Readings begins today with pleasantly surprising news: a positive judicial outcome regarding religion and education in Texas. Guess you can’t stop teaching your homeschooled children because you sincerely believe the Rapture is coming. Also, IMHO, if your child is running away from home so she can attend school, you’re …

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