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Submitted by Gary Natriello on Tue, 2015-06-30 06:37

To get ready for our July 1 EdLab Seminar where we will consider ways to re-design the EdLab Seminar, it is important for everyone to read "On Seminars, Rituals, and Cowboys" by Richard Quantz.

This article is from the Teachers College Record and is available online at:

http://www.tcrecord.org/content.asp?contentid=10831

Please read this BEFORE coming to the seminar!

Please be sure to MARKUP the article as you read it and be sure to BRING the article with you to the seminar.

Submitted by Bismark Appiah on Tue, 2015-06-23 00:44

How can education be considered a crime? The denotation of crime is an act that is foolish or wrong. In Iran, it's a crime for Baha’is to obtain education. Baha’i is the largest religious minority group in Iran. Many Iranian Baha’is have been denied access to most basic rights, such as education. The reason for this unfair treatment towards Baha’is dates back to 1863, the year Baha’u’llah founded the Baha’i faith.

Submitted by Idrissa Bangura on Tue, 2015-06-23 00:17

There has been a recent boom increase of about 75%, in the number of home-schooled children in the United States. This means that four percent of all students in the United States are now home schooled. One of the primary reasons for this is parents’ dissatisfaction with schools ¨teaching to the test.” Some advantages of homeschooling include lower expenses and higher test scores.

Submitted by Patrick Williamson on Mon, 2015-06-22 17:14

Dale Hansen reflects outwardly on his experiences with racism, and the way in which he has changed regarding his perception on race relations within society. So frequently I hear the argument that ideologies of older generations cannot be changed so the race conversation is a lost cause with them. Thus, I find it very refreshing to hear Dale Hansen speak about his racial journey and show that perspectives can be changed regardless of age or race.

"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything" -Albert Einstein

Submitted by Patrick Williamson on Mon, 2015-06-22 16:29

Made in 2007, but still as relevant as ever. Color is more than skin deep for these young African-American women struggling to define themselves, while living in this Euro-centric society.

Submitted by Laura Costello on Mon, 2015-06-22 15:25

From The Chronicle

"Police say an argument Friday about the 'worth and importance of a college education' resulted in one man slashing another in the face with a pocket knife."

Submitted by Patrick Williamson on Mon, 2015-06-22 15:02

As a child, I always dreamed that I would become an NBA all-star, playing alongside the likes of NBA greats like Allen Iverson and Paul Pierce. However, my fantasy basketball dreams dwindled as I grew older and was made aware of the minuscule chance I had of actually making it to the league. Luckily for me, I grew up in an environment where there were many resources and realistic options available to pursue alternative career paths. Whether I wanted to be a doctor, engineer, lawyer, etc.

Submitted by Patrick Williamson on Mon, 2015-06-22 14:09

President Barack Obama used controversial language during an interview for the podcast "WTF with Marc Maron", in which he explains that racism is more than the passive use of a derogatory term. Since the interview, there has been much buzz about the president using the "N" word to help validate his point.

Submitted by Sarpong Adjei on Mon, 2015-06-22 00:19

Education has and remains one of the best ways to ensure a stable life. The means by which we acquire it has changed so much in recent times that it has led to a rethink of our entire education system, especially higher education and its rising costs. This NY Times piece looks at the overall debt for students who end up with a degree of some sort.

Submitted by Santosh Kumar on Sat, 2015-06-20 11:29

Think about that for a second! Marc Andreesen had written a pretty amazing article a while back, with exactly the same title. His clairvoyance has been almost eery. Here are some facts (that most people are probably already familiar with):

- Uber is the world’s largest taxi company but owns no cars
- Airbnb is the largest real estate company but owns no properties
- Facebook is the largest media company but owns no content