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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CA student vax law, HI charter school prayers, Confederate education, Elsevier boycott, @AcademicsSay, and more: Required Readings, 07.05.15

At the intersection of skepticism and education this week: California Governor Jerry Brown signed one of the nation’s strictest school vaccination laws. Christian prayers at charter schools in Hawaii: Crossing a line? Following the mass shooting in Charleston, SC: questions about teaching the history of the Confederacy as well as discussion of present-day battles …

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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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Teacher thanks, measles in Marin, afterschool activities, same sex non-education, tenure denial, and more: Required Readings, 02.01.15

As a bit of positive reinforcement, let’s start off today’s Required Readings with one man’s thank you to the 10th-grade English teacher who changed his life. Blogger Dr. Jen Gunter gets close to home with “Effect of a science fair project on MMR vaccine beliefs in Marin County.” (I would guess that …

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School vaccinations, Common Core, pedagogy, and laboratory safety: Required Readings, 6.24.14

Score one for science and public health! A federal judge has upheld “a New York City policy that bars unimmunized children from public school when another student has a vaccine-preventable disease.” Not strictly related to education matters but educational nonetheless: researchers traced a measles outbreak in Minnesota to one unvaccinated child, while one …

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Pop Quiz: Did you get your flu shot?

I was going to be really lame and ask about your New Year resolutions, but frankly I’m not sure if those are even a good idea. The last thing I need is intermittent pressure to improve on things that I probably should be working on all year long already. Instead, …

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