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UC Davis publicity problems, debate over debate location, fixing math ed, science ed teaching and learning, school funding, and more: Required Readings, 04.18.16

Documents released last week show that the University of California-Davis spent at least $175,000 on consultants in an attempt to scrub the Internet of negative online postings regarding a 2011 incident during which students were pepper-sprayed, in order to boost the school’s public image. (I know several librarians at UC Davis who could have …

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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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AP history in OK, dealing with drugs on campus, faculty support to students, budget cuts, and parenting research: Required Readings, 02.22.15

Probably the biggest story in education and critical thinking over the past week was an Oklahoma bill that would cut state funding for the Advanced Placement history course in high schools because the bill’s author (and others) believes it emphasizes “what is bad about America” and characterizes the United States as …

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Grade changes, exit interview, first-gen collegians, teacher ed, ed tech, and more: Required Readings, 2.16.15

Happy President’s Day and Lundi Gras, readers! We’ll start this week’s Required Readings with an opinion piece burning up the internet over the weekend: Dear Student: No, I Won’t Change the Grade You Deserve. Thoughts? An interview with the departing leader of a large public school system in the D.C. Metro area emphasizes …

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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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In Pennsylvania there is a huge brouhaha about funding in education. The news is full of how Governor Tom Corbett has drastically cut funding to the schools, which like many things in politics is both true and false at the same time.  So while the pundits yell back and forth …

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Civil rights in charter schools, funding cuts, tenure hijinks, Oh students! Sing to me, with love! It’s Required Reading 5/15/2014

Ok – here’s some stuff : Dept of Ed   reminds charter schools that they are not  excused from students’ civil rights, probably in response to stuff like this, or this Here’s some reminders of exasperating shit: An interview with Principal John Kuhn, whose letter from the Alamo went viral a few years ago. …

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More on creationism, all about DonorsChoose, Louisiana lawsuit, student-centered teaching, and atheist Hokies: Required Readings

In the wake of last week’s Nye-Ham debate, creationism has been a popular topic of discussion in the media. Looking at the new HBO documentary Questioning Darwin, one author points out just how dangerous creationist beliefs can be, particularly in regard to attitudes toward critical thinking. Required Readings has previously …

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