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Indiana, Duke, Yik Yak, and the purpose of Education

By Randy Clemens

The news has been full of lamentable examples of bigotry and discrimination. The governor of Indiana signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, legislation that permits businesses to discriminate on the basis of religion—a restaurant, for instance, could refuse service to a gay couple. The politician posed the law as a moral argument; and yet, any […]

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Let’s Talk About Access

By Antar Tichavakunda

I want to talk about two things, skills and structures.  Let’s start with some numbers about social media and computer science. According to the most recent Pew Research Report, 83% of African American teens play video games, which is more than any other group. Forty five percent of Black teens reported using twitter. Sixty-four percent […]

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People in Glass Houses: Rick Hess, AERA, and Rankings

By Bill Tierney

Every year around this time Rick Hess writes a little screed in his outlet of choice – Ed Week – where he calls to task those individuals who come up with funny titles for presentations at AERA.  You can read his previous blogs here and here.  I’ve never been partial to ridicule, although its close […]

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Choose a College on Personal Fit, Not Rankings

By Michael Lanford

While I was working at a shared writing center between the University of Central Florida and Daytona State College, the president of Daytona State surprised the community of 30,000 students and assorted faculty with an impromptu campus-wide celebration.  During a speech in which employee attendance was mandatory, the big news was announced: Daytona State had […]

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Top 11 Things to Think About Approaching AERA’s Annual Meeting

By Bill Tierney

There are two kinds of travelers – people who throw things into their suitcase at the last minute and rush to make the airplane, and others who start to lay out their clothes a few weeks before departure.  The former will have done little to no planning about what to see and do, and the […]

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What’s Going On?

By Kristan Venegas

So this blog has nothing to do with formal education, but it has everything to do about informal education and survival. I have two little kids. They play with other kids. They have conflicts, because well, they are kids, and this is a time when they are supposed to be working this stuff out. Tonight, […]

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Rethinking How to Bridge the Digital Divide

By Marcelo Worsley

You take a kid from the inner city, and bring her into an after-school program where she is given the lastest iPad, an Arduino Mega 2560 (with shields).  She also has unencumbered access to a laser cutter. You show her how to make three dimensional objects on the laser cutter, teach her how to program […]

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When Good People Say Bad Things

By Bill Tierney

Alexander Graham Bell called for deaf people to be forbidden from marrying each other and for deaf children to be sterilized.  The inventor of the telephone had a deaf mother and a deaf wife but thought of sign language as “pantomime.” Francis Galton was a eugenicist who claimed, among other things, “There is nothing either […]

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The University of Mississippi Board of Trustees: A New Confederacy of Dunces

By Michael Lanford

For most of my youth, I lived in Augusta, Georgia.  Due to the resources at the local university (then named Augusta College), I first learned how to use a computer, was able to participate in numerous sports, spent countless hours learning about the world in the library, and gave my first piano recitals.  Those recitals, […]

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Book Review: The Teacher Wars – Dana Goldstein (I read this and you should, too.)

By Bill Tierney

As a first-year PhD student at Stanford we all had to take a course whose title I forget but was taught by David Tyack.  It was a superb seminar largely because David had us read primary texts and Tyack was a phenomenal teacher.  In a quiet, conversational, engaging and funny manner David had us read […]

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