The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder

The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder

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"The rise of A.D.H.D. diagnoses and prescriptions for stimulants over the years coincided with a remarkably successful two-decade campaign by pharmaceutical companies to publicize the syndrome and promote the pills to doctors, educators and parents. With the children’s market booming, the industry is now employing similar marketing techniques as it focuses on adult A.D.H.D., which could become even more profitable."... read the full post.

Massive, Open, and Course Design

Massive, Open, and Course Design

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Another thought-provoking post by Michael Feldstein, this one on a "course design methodology that creates courses which invite students to engage with the content and activities in ways that are consistent with their personal goals. Such a design should also, at least in theory, enable us to distinguish between a student whose non-participation is consistent with her goals for the course and one whose non-participation is in conflict with her goals for the course. Differentiated engagement." ... read the full post.

College papers: Students hate writing them. Professors hate grading them. Let’s stop assigning them.

College papers: Students hate writing them. Professors hate grading them. Let’s stop assigning them.

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Well, the Internet freaked out over this essay by Rebecca Schuman, didn't it.... read the full post.

Invisible Child: Dasani’s Homeless Life

Invisible Child: Dasani’s Homeless Life

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"She likes being small because “I can slip through things.” In the blur of her city’s crowded streets, she is just another face. What people do not see is a homeless girl whose mother succumbed to crack more than once, whose father went to prison for selling drugs, and whose cousins and aunts have become the anonymous casualties of gang shootings, AIDS and domestic violence. 'That’s not gonna be me,' she says. 'Nuh-uh. Nope.'”... read the full post.

Changing the Narrative

Changing the Narrative

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Thought-provoking post by Michael Feldstein on narrative, ed-tech, and Derrida. (I don't think I agree with him, but I need to stew on this more.) Good comments too.... read the full post.

Teaching While Black and Blue

Teaching While Black and Blue

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"Later that night, I received an email, full of roiling, angry emotion, from a White male editor. He said that my words had angered him, that it wasn’t my place to say them, being a faculty member in the student newsroom. He said that my comments were racist and hateful, that they were akin to a white man standing up and saying that all Black women were irrational, and that my understanding of race was facile if I thought that white people was actually a tenable category to use. He said that I would not be welcome in the newsroom in the future, if I offered up a similar diatribe, and that what I had engaged in was racial harassment."... read the full post.

Purdue University Has an Ethics Problem

Purdue University Has an Ethics Problem

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"...There is a broader conversation that needs to happen about the general problem. On the one hand, schools have an obligation to protect the privacy of their students. This makes releasing student success research data challenging. On the other hand, if the research cannot be properly peer reviewed because it cannot be shared, then we cannot develop confidence in the research that is coming to us. This problem is exacerbated when research is conducted by staff whose independence is not protected, and by the increasing tendency of institutions to commercialize their educational technology research and development work. There needs to be a community-developed framework to help facilitate the safe and appropriate sharing of the data so institutions can be held accountable for their research and the staff who conduct that research can be appropriately protected."... read the full post.