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Sinister lefties, distracting Mohawks, college expense, ended strikes, cancelled clinics, and more: Required Readings, 09.20.15

Welcome to a slightly tardy edition of Required Readings. The dog didn’t eat my homework, but the computer did. An Oklahoma pre-K teacher, after allegedly making a 4-year-old leftie switch to using his right hand, sent an article home to his parents that called left-handedness “unlucky,” “evil,” and “sinister.” I thought …

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Higher Education

On the Market I: Bespoke Courses

This is the first installment of “On the Market,” a series in which Dan chronicles his experiences and observations as a new PhD on the academic job market. It will continue until he gets a job or dies trying. As many of us unfortunately know from experience, applying to tenure-track jobs is …

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Tenure and the Culture of Silence

Pamela Gay, currently an Assistant Research Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, published a blog post this morning about how she regrets not publicly confronting a famous person who harassed her at a science fiction convention. There is bound to be a lot of discussion of this incident in the …

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Tenure and motherhood, student evaluations, and cultural connections: Required Readings, 5.6.14

In the U.S., the first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week. Have a good story about students showing their appreciation, for better or for worse? Share it in the comments. Someone who didn’t feel particularly appreciated at the University of Pennsylvania was former faculty member Kristen Stromberg Childers, who …

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Schoolgirl kidnapping, ending public education, college-ready kindergarten students, research universities, and OK bible curriculum: Required Readings, 4.29.14.

Nearly 2 weeks ago, more than 200 girls at a Nigerian school to take a physics examination were kidnapped in the middle of the night. The group responsible, Boko Harem, is rooted in an anti-education, anti-Western philosophy.This article provides background information on the organization and its campaign of terror.  Meanwhile …

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Climate change ed, beliefs about science, retaliatory tenure denial, not-so-native in the Digital Age, and LSEA repeal 2014: Required Readings 4.22.14

Starting off this Earth Day edition of Required Readings is a piece on the inclusion of climate change topics in curricula around the globe. Meanwhile in the United States, some states are rejecting the Next Generation Science Standards because of their stance on climate change (ie, they indicate that climate …

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Pop Quiz: How would you change the system?

Hey everybody! Excuse the late post–I’m sure you’re all familiar with December craziness. As I was reading this article by Jeffrey J. Williams in the Chronicle of Higher Education the other day, I got to thinking about the way we’ve structured our educational system. For those who haven’t read the …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 8 August 2013

Good evening, teachers and learners! New York’s common core test results. MOOCs not so disruptive? Adjunctification! A return to a grammar school model in the UK? All in today’s readings. Test Scores Sink as New York Adopts Tougher Benchmarks – I’ve got very mixed feelings about standardized testing and the …

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