Week Links in Education: Feb. 4

Some stories and essays, especially related to education in the United States, that caught my attention this week. A đź•› symbol warns about a metered paywall.


Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History has accepted the donation of Bobbi Wilson’s collection of spotted lanternflies. At nine years old, Wilson was also honored by the Yale School of Public Health for her efforts to control the invasive insect in her neighborhood.

Pandemic funding helped drive schools’ student-to-counselor ratio to its lowest level since statistics began in 1986.

In New York City, school workers struggle to support nearly 9,000 children who have lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19.

A faculty committee report blamed đź•› the University of Arizona for failing to act effectively on months of warnings about an expelled graduate student who allegedly murdered a professor on campus.

A judge in Denver ruled that a philosopher who was followed to UCLA by “a trail of red flags” from students at Duke and Cornell is unfit to stand trial for violent threats.

Despite resigning in disgrace during their schools’ sex abuse scandals, the former Michigan State president Lou Anna K. Simon and the former Penn State president Graham Spanier never really đź•› went away.

In the United States, it is presumably legal for neo-Nazis to homeschool their children.

The disgraced former president Donald Trump apparently called for the creation of a national credentialing organization to certify that teachers are politically correct.

North Dakota is considering a bill đź•› to grant state university presidents the unilateral power to fire any faculty member.

The Florida governor continued working to weaken the independence of his state’s higher education system.

Kati Kokal, an education reporter for the Palm Beach Post, explained in a Twitter thread how she reported on Florida’s new requirement that student athletes turn over their menstrual history to their schools.

To understand why Florida banned AP African American studies courses, wrote Dean Obeidallah, look at opinion polls of potential presidential primary voters.

The College Board, however, insisted it’s only a coincidence đź•› that revisions to its AP African American studies curriculum, released this week, look like a response to partisan political pressure.

Meanwhile, three Black academics—Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, and E. Patrick Johnson—spoke with Democracy Now! about the revisions.

Last year, the Jesuit theologian Ryan Duns, who taught high school in Detroit before becoming a professor at Marquette University, offered 21 pieces of advice đź•› for new teachers.

Teachers and university employees were among hundreds of thousands of public workers who went on strike in the U.K. on Wednesday.

Six college students talked with Open Campus about what the pandemic cost them in high school and how it has shaped their first year as undergraduates.

As he prepares a sequel, the author of Visible Learning has some regrets. đź•›

To get students to pay more attention in class, college teachers need to pay more attention to them.

Eastern Washington University unblocked a history professor on Twitter after more than a year. The school’s communications director admitted it had blocked Larry Cebula for criticizing its athletics programs.