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Betsy DeVos, international students, school policing, LGBTQ censorship, and more: Required Readings, 01.30.17

Welcome to a VERY belated edition of Required Readings. Quite honestly, once I hit the winter break (I work for a system where campuses are closed between Christmas and New Year’s, paid even), I mentally and physically crashed. Not to mention that I have been completely speechless at what has been …

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Local college professor in altercation with alt-right serviceman (Indiana Jones vs. Nazi)
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Required Readings, 11.21.16

I’ve started and deleted this column for 2 weeks now, trying to determine what from the flood of news to feature. The various attacks in schools and universities across the country? The fear coming from immigrant students, including my own, about what the election will mean for them and their families? …

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Teacher helps pupil with his reading, FSA (Farm Security Administration) camp for farm workers. Caldwell, Idaho. School is held at the camp because of lack of room in city schools
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AR mumps outbreak, Brigham Young changes assault policy, open data, Penn State, and more: Required Readings, 11.05.16

Four of Arkansas’ largest school districts have reported students having the mumps, part of a larger outbreak being investigated by the state Department of Health with more than 500 suspected cases, with 71% of them children. As a follow-up to a story we’ve discussed before, Brigham Young University announced last week that students …

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Aguilar Free Library, School Dep'T, 616 Fifth St., Manhattan
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Infolit for first-gen students, American intellectualism, helping quiet kids succeed, academic social media, and more: Required Readings, 07.14.16

Critical information literacy and first-generation college students A new book reimagines popular notions of American intellectualism How teachers can: Help “quiet kids” tap their superpowers Encourage cross-racial friendships Academics’ use of social media is changing the face of scholarly publishing The Secular Student Alliance is asking both the Democratic and …

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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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UNC Chapel Hill, Kenan Memorial Stadium
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Wisconsin woes, promoting Christianity in school, why student should fail, UNC program cuts, child poverty, humanistic medicine, chocolate fraud, and more: Required Readings, 05.31.15

Best education headline of the week: What the heck is going on with Wisconsin public education? Among the plans raising eyebrows: efforts to trim teacher training requirements that would put high school graduates in the classroom and a giveaway to private schools via vouchers. A Colorado teacher has filed a lawsuit …

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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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Information evaluation, competency-based ed, E-rate, school to prison, and textbook troubles: Required Readings, 7.15.14

As part of my role as a librarian, I teach varying levels of humanity how to evaluate the reliability of information with which they are presented, whether on the web or in print. Harriet Hall’s Science-Based Medicine article may not be related to education or teaching, strictly speaking, but the guidance she …

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Diploma mills, information overload, college contraception, Scientology in the schools, and more: Required Readings, 7.8.14

According to some researchers, 40-45,000 legitimate PhDs are awarded annually in the United States, while another 50,000 spurious PhDs are purchased here. Further study is needed, however, to collect data on the extent of the problem. In the meantime, check out this list of animals who bear fraudulent degrees.  Recent graduates …

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