In this cross-post Pat Thomson explores how an approach based around filling a gap in the research or literature can be problematic and how approaches based on different wording can align research more clearly to the contexts in which it matters. Gap talk. You know, the “this research fills a gap in the literature” line. Most…The problem with the ‘gap in the literature’ — Impact of Social Sciences
BY ALEX SMALL I recently read Tom Ginsburg’s article “How to Truly Protect Academic Freedom” with sympathetic disagreement. I share his concern over the many high-profile incidents that he cites, and I have lamented many of them with friends. I am an avid consumer (even tester?) of academic freedom, lodging dissents in my university’s academic…Adding More Administrators Will Not Protect Academic Freedom — ACADEME BLOG
I just had to post this in full.
From the June 14, 2021, Baptist News Global:
A bedrock theological concept of my formation as a white American evangelical was the idea, best articulated by Paul in Romans 14-20, that there is a war going on within all of us between those things that are good and that we want to embrace but don’t, and those things that aren’t good that we don’t want to embrace, but always seem to find a way to embrace. Or, to borrow words from a more recent evangelical prophet, Rich Mullins, in his song Hold Me Jesus: “Surrender don’t come natural to me. I’d rather fight you for something I don’t really want than to take what you give that I need.”
I’ve reflected on this concept…
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This December 2020 lawsuit by Nevada senior, William Clark, and his mother, Gabrielle Clark, illustrates on so many levels what NOT to do in the K12 classroom in the name of “fight[ing] back” against “oppressive structures.”
These excerpts from the suit tell quite a story of repeatedly poor decision making among Democracy Prep Public Schools (DPPS) leadership.
What you are about to read is a festival of idiocy.
From the “Factual Background” of the suit:
In 2014, Plaintiff William Clark enrolled in the sixth grade at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Clark County, Nevada. At the time Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy fell under the operational control of Clark County School District. In December of 2016, after receiving a $12.7 million grant from the US Department of Education, New York City based Democracy Prep Public Schools (DPPS) and Democracy Prep Public Schools Inc. acquired Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.
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This week, I received a solicitation from Huntington Learning Center to “OPEN NOW: Find out why the SAT/ACT still matter.”
The glaring, bolded, largest-print info on the envelope was
ACT SCORE: +5.4 PTS
SAT SCORE: +229 PTS
Now, at first glance, a prospective Huntington client might believe that what Huntington is stating is that Huntington has some secret sauce for making a student’s ACT score increase by 5.4 points across ACT administrations, and that Huntington’s dazzling test prep can increase a student’s SAT score by 229 points across administrations.
But, but, one must pay attention to the asterisk:
Average score increases*
ACT SCORE: +5.4 PTS
SAT SCORE: +229 PTS
One must open the envelope to understand the asterisk, which one must seek for in the tiniest print– after one sees the same grandiose ad taking up roughly one-third of an entire page.
Here’s the disclamer message in the finest of…
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Involving stakeholders directly in the research process and co-production have become common features of research designs aimed at delivering impact. However, in practice co-production often comes into conflict with more conventional research methods and understandings of what constitutes ‘academic’ research. Based on the findings of a recent study of co-production as part of an EU…Lost in co-production: To enable true collaboration we need to nurture different academic identities. — Impact of Social Sciences
By Carolina Kuepper-Tetzel and Chiara HorlinFor today’s digest I teamed up with Dr Chiara Horlin who is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Psychology at the University of Glasgow and an expert in neurodiversity and what role it plays in education. She has co-founded The Neurodiversity Network (see below) as a resource to support and represent…Digest #153: Neurodiversity in Education — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists
A Pennsbury, Pennsylvania taxpayer who is also a former Pennsbury school board member, blasted district board members for editing out public comments made a past meeting that were in opposition to Critical Race Theory.Pennsylvania man blasts school board for censoring public comments in opposition to Critical Race Theory — LL1885
What the heck is all the fuss about related to Critical Race Theory (CRT) legislation? I’ve read articles where teachers and others are complaining that the legislation ties the teacher’s hands and even bans them from teaching history or at least certain aspects of history. Some have even complained they won’t be able to teach […]Is Critical Race Theory Legislation Riot Worthy? — The Underground Parent
Included in the press release is this Title IX “Dear Educator” Letter, issued by the USDOE Office of Civil Rights (OCR).
The letter opens as follows:
On this 49th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972—our nation’s most powerful legal tool for combating sex discrimination in education—I take this opportunity to highlight a selection of resources available for you to ensure that the education environment you provide is free from sex discrimination in all forms. Among these resources is our recent public notice clarifying Title IX’s protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The “public notice” referenced and linked above is from the June 22, 2021, Federal Register
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