Required Readings

Mizzou president resigns, forced pregnancy tests, special ed, and more: Required Readings, 11.08.15

The president of the University of Missouri resigned this morning in the wake of protests and a hunger strike over his handling of racism at the school. Girls in Sierra Leone are forced to undergo public pregnancy tests and physical examinations since the government banned pregnant girls from attending mainstream schools and …

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G&T students, soft skills, unwritten rules of college, rezoning battles, Namazie back on at Warwick: Required Readings, 09.27.15

The challenges of educating gifted and talented children begin with defining terms and identifying the students, and one Florida county discusses its efforts to identify gifted students from low-income and minority households. A new book posits that working-class graduates are less likely to find elite jobs largely because they lack social experiences and informal skills, “such …

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Digital divide, dress codes, problems as pedagogy, homeless students, and more: Required Readings, 08.30.15

Following a week in a land with few home computers (a.k.a., the town where I grew up), I thought I’d start off this week’s Required Readings with an article on the Digital Divide; specifically, Apple’s efforts to bridge it via the federal ConnectED program. Gendered dress codes at school: discussed in …

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Rape is a sex act – can I say that?

This is not an article about rape, or even sex.  It is about what we as teachers can or should say about controversial issues when we present them in class.  Or if we should even try to present them in class. As someone who has spent the majority of his …

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Online teaching tools, triggers, college ratings, plagiarism, and community colleges: Required Readings, 12.21.14

Happy solstice, whether it be winter or summer where you are! We ran across a couple cool education-related web tools this week: one for students and teachers of English, and the other regarding environmental health and toxicology. In addition, citizen science can interest learners of all ages. To pick up a thread of …

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Contrarian highlights & a tiny baby horse video- It’s Required Reading 5/23/2014

Ooh -Speecharella is all allergic, late & grumpy- so let’s do this: Gary Rubenstein wonders how much math do students really need? Diane Ravitch’s readers weigh in. Mercedes Schneider asks TFA members fairly obvious but somehow hard-hitting questions about what the hell they think they’re doing. Doni Wilson offers trigger warnings for Hamlet. …

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