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Climate change ed, discriminating vouchers, Wikipedagogy, consent in the classroom, and more: Required Readings, 06.29.16

Two bills in Congress (one each in the Senate and the House) would authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to establish a climate change education program. Meanwhile, one senator has inserted language into an appropriations bill that would prohibit the Justice Department from enforcing key provisions of the Americans with Disabilities …

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Ed resources, the right to discriminate, packing heat at Liberty, UTK brouhaha over inclusive parties, and more: Required Readings, 12.06.15

In the spirit of the season of giving, today’s Required Readings begin with a few resources available to students, teachers, parents, and anyone else with an interest in education: Studying in Canada K-12 apps, lesson plans, and more from the National Library of Medicine Science-Based Medicine video lecture course Open Education …

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Teaching superstars, breastfeeding and the classroom, campus cops, digital rights, and more: Required Readings, 08.02.15

Let’s start the new week with a smile: Comedic duo Key & Peele imagine what teachers receiving the treatment that sports stars garner would look like. Many new mothers in the classroom often face a choice between quitting breastfeeding to keep their jobs or quitting their jobs to continue breastfeeding. The shooting …

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MOOCs, liberal indoctrination, #charlestonsyllabus, TX BOE chair, King & King controversy, y mas: Required Readings, 06.28.15

Hat tip to School of Doubt’s mother ship, Skepchick, for this article on the role MOOCs are playing in the professional development of educators. Turning Point USA, a conservative activist organization, wants to teach college students how to avoid indoctrination by “liberal professors.” You can view their offerings here. A Brandeis …

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Harmful teaching in Kansas and Canada, minority homeschoolers, academic closures, and more: Required Readings, 03.01.15

Did March come in like a lamb or a lion where you are? For the “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” file, we have Senate Bill 56, which would allow teachers to be prosecuted for presenting material deemed harmful to minors. The state senate passed the bill Wednesday. Continuing a look at …

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Anti-vax profs, higher ed budget slashing, vouchers, gender bias, homeschooling: Required Readings, 2.8.15

Happy Sunday, and welcome to this week of Required Readings. A Canadian professor is under fire this week due to student reports that she is teaching refuted information about the dangers of vaccinations as fact in her courses. Who needs higher education? Apparently not Wisconsin or Louisiana, based on proposals …

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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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Class size, homeschoolers, blogging prof and a little WTF! Required readings 3/6/2014

Wondering about stuff?  You’ve come to the right place. In case you were wondering why kindergarten needs so many teachers , there’s quite a bit of evidence that class size does matter. Wondered about how  homeschooling intersects with the Quiverfull movement? Hairpin posted this this interview with 2  complaining, ungrateful, …

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Fox News: Let’s Get Some White Christian Homeschooling Immigrants Up in Here Instead of All These Poor Brown Losers

Every time I think I’ve seen the most intellectually bankrupt excrement Fox News has to offer, they surprise me again. It appears that the universe (Obama) has once again revealed itself to be a cold, unfeeling, unchristian (Obama) place, as an adorable family of (white) Germans who only wish to …

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James Meredith speaks out, homeschool reflections, student football union, RIP Pete Seeger

Civil rights hero James Meredith recently released the American Child’s Education Bill of Rights.  Too bad the state board of ed for New York didn’t get a whiff of number 4 in their race to the top; they might have saved  students from the heartache and hassle of high stakes …

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