Week Links in Education: Nov. 12

Some of the stories and essays, particularly related to education in the United States, that caught my attention this week. A 🕛 symbol indicates a known metered paywall. A ⏳ symbol indicates availability for a limited time.


Sold a Story is a true crime podcast about how education consultants killed American reading skills.

A middle school in Pasadena now bears the name of its most famous student. Nadra Nittle tells the story of Octavia E. Butler Magnet.

A college student once asked Octavia Butler how to stop the catastrophes her fiction prophesied. She had good news and bad news.

Last weekend, the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business; and the Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law and director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford University; and a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Toronto who has six million YouTube subscribers; and the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania; and the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law Emerita at New York Law School held an invitation-only event in the Bay Area to talk with Peter Thiel about what it’s like to be silenced 🕛 in academia.

Contrary to myth, college improves other students’ opinions of evangelical Christians.

Gender bias in student evaluations of teaching worsens 🕛 over time.

When schools around Boston lifted their mask mandates, it led to an extra 45 covid cases per 1,000 students and workers during the next four months.

Promising that “Oklahoma won’t go woke,” the state superintendent of education, now elected for a full term by voters, has a plan for history teachers.

American historians may not be able to end nationalism through their work, argues Eran Zelnik, but it’s also a mistake to think they can tame it.

In Kansas, someone pledged a matching gift of up to $500 million if McPherson College can raise $250 million by June. It would be the largest-ever single donation to a small liberal arts college.

In my day, Batman: The Animated Series was essential after-school and weekend viewing. Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman, died this week at the age of 66.

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