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A Technicality Won't Excuse the Obama Administration for Torture

A Technicality Won't Excuse the Obama Administration for Torture | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
It doesn't matter if prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are being force-fed to elicit a confession or not—the law, and common sense, are clear.
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Boost learning by cutting course loads for both instructors and students, say US profs

Boost learning by cutting course loads for both instructors and students, say US profs | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Vassar professors want to reduce their teaching loads, but some question a new plan to do so at the expense of course offerings.


Summary from Academica Top Ten - Tuesday, July 19, 2016:


"A conversation is building in the US around the issue of reducing course loads for both teachers and students to make more time for faculty-student mentoring, reports Inside Higher Ed. The article focuses on the example of Vassar College, where there is general faculty agreement around the benefits of reducing full-time teaching workloads from five to four courses a year while adding a new student supervisory component. The article notes, however, that Vassar can only accomplish this goal with the same number of full-time professors by cutting course offerings, a proposition that has generated debate at the college and beyond."

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Makes sense, but that's never been enough.
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The Difference Between Me and My Black Friend Like Me

The Difference Between Me and My Black Friend Like Me | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
I have a friend who is, in a lot of ways, a lot like me. We both have spent a good part of our careers in the same industry. We both have two advanced degrees. We have similar taste in cars. At one
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Physical Education and Health Is Not "Gym Class"

Physical Education and Health Is Not "Gym Class" | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"We can’t require everything that’s good."


Summary from Academica Top Ten - Monday, July 18, 2016

"The case against mandatory phys ed in PSE “Phys ed requirements are less common than they once were, but in some ways, more necessary than they’ve ever been,” writes Matt Reed for Inside Higher Ed, who nonetheless disagrees with recent calls to reinstate such requirements in American PSE. While Reed admits to the physical, cognitive, and mental health benefits of exercise, he argues that there is no readily available data available to suggest that students at schools with health and wellness requirements are healthier than students at schools without them. For this reason, Reed concludes that schools should remain committed to their academic missions “and let students make their own choices about their bodies.""

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A too common mistake is to equate Physical and Health Education with "gym class." Once we correct that misperception, PHE becomes an intrinsic part of the necessary paradigm shifts required in an updated and relevant curriculum.
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Racism, Stress, and Black Death - The New Yorker

Racism, Stress, and Black Death - The New Yorker | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Clint Smith on the psychological effects of institutionalized racism on black Americans.
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Science lesson: you can't tell what someone does by how they look | Jessica Valenti

Science lesson: you can't tell what someone does by how they look | Jessica Valenti | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
In a new study, women with more traditionally feminine looks were judged less likely to be scientists. We need to ask why
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How China Is Rewriting the Book on Human Origins

How China Is Rewriting the Book on Human Origins | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Fossil finds in China are challenging ideas about the evolution of modern humans and our closest relatives
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Brown Like Me: Kamal Al-Solaylee on The Agenda, TVO

Brown Like Me: Kamal Al-Solaylee on The Agenda, TVO | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Air Date: Jul 13, 2016
Length: 26:22
Available Until: Jul 13, 2099
About this Video
While colourism is not a synonym of racism, it is a sister of it, and it is just as persistent and damaging to communities and a person's self-worth. Kamal Al-Solaylee is an associate professor at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, and his new book, "Brown: What Being Brown Means in the World Today (To Everyone)," examines the historical, social, economic and political implications of being a brown-skinned person. Al-Solaylee joins The Agenda to discuss brown identity and colourism.
The Agenda in the Summer: Kamal Al-Solaylee, Part One

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Why Some Cuisines Are More Expensive Than Others: A Theory

Why Some Cuisines Are More Expensive Than Others: A Theory | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A comprehensive theory of why some cuisines command higher prices than others
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Canadian researchers who commit scientific fraud are protected by privacy laws | Toronto Star

Canadian researchers who commit scientific fraud are protected by privacy laws | Toronto Star | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"The publicly funded agency responsible for policing scientific fraud is keeping secret the details surrounding these researchers. Their names, where they worked, and what they did wrong is protected under privacy laws."


Summary from Academica Top Ten - Wednesday, July 13, 2016:

"Canada needs new rules to expose scientific fraud, says UOttawa professor Dozens of Canadian researchers have committed scientific fraud, reports the Toronto Star, yet details about the perpetrators and what they have done are kept secret under federal privacy laws. According to a Star investigation, “seventy-eight Canadian scientists have fabricated data, plagiarized, misused grants, or engaged in dodgy scientific practices in projects backed by public funds,” yet releasing details of the ensuring investigations has been left to the discretion of Canada’s tri-council agencies. The Star adds that to date, “no details of any investigation have ever been released.” Comparing Canada’s system to that of the US, University of Ottawa Medicine and Law Professor Amir Attaran states that “the Americans will denounce research misconduct by name and Canadians won’t. This proves that Canadian research is less trustworthy and Canadian researchers are less trustworthy. Period. These are the facts.”"

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Feel like working into the golden years?

Feel like working into the golden years? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Professors debate the effects of no mandatory retirement in ON higher ed A growing number of Baby Boomers in Ontario are working past 65, writes the London Free Press, and many higher ed stakeholders are now debating how this trend is impacting the sector and society as a whole. According to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the LFP, Western University has 432 paid employees over 65, and 120 over 70; while Fanshawe College has just over 100. University of Toronto Sociology Professor Robert Brym argues that these employees make it more difficult for institutions to hire younger workers, and impose a double tax on the system by collecting their pension while earning a full salary. Yet King’s University College Sociology Professor David MacGregor argues that people should enjoy the dignity of work for as long as they wish while earning a pension through a system they have contributed to throughout their working lives."

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Why Pride Toronto handled Black Lives Matter badly

Why Pride Toronto handled Black Lives Matter badly | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Eternity Martis writes the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement halting the 2016 Toronto Pride Parade.
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When we design for disability, we all benefit

When we design for disability, we all benefit | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"I believe that losing my hearing was one of the greatest gifts I've ever received," says Elise Roy. As a disability rights lawyer and design thinker, she knows that being Deaf gives her a unique way of experiencing and reframing the world — a perspective that could solve some of our largest problems. As she says: "When we design for disability first, you often stumble upon solutions that are better than those when we design for the norm."

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Quinoa isn't a threat to food security. It's improving Peruvian farmers' lives

Quinoa isn't a threat to food security. It's improving Peruvian farmers' lives | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Worldwide appetite for this super grain was once thought to be undermining food security in the Andes, but a new report suggests the opposite is true
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Do You Assign Enough Reading? Or Too Much?

Do You Assign Enough Reading? Or Too Much? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The real issue is not the number of pages you assign but how to make reading matter in our classrooms.
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The Fatal Job Interview Mistake You Won't Realize You're Making

The Fatal Job Interview Mistake You Won't Realize You're Making | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Everywhere you look you see articles warning job-seekers about mistakes they can make on a job interview, like saying the wrong thing or giving an incomplete answer to a question. It's easy to become
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A Call to Activism by Professional Athletes

A Call to Activism by Professional Athletes | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Four NBA stars asked their fellow athletes to join the fight against racial injustices and police brutality.
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Crops That Grow in Salty Water [Video]

Crops That Grow in Salty Water [Video] | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Two scientists describe attempts to find genes that help endangered crops survive rising salt levels
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The future of hydro in a warming world

The future of hydro in a warming world | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Hydropower will remain part of the clean-energy equation, but we need to find the least disruptive, most efficient methods.
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The Near Certainty of Anti-Police Violence

The Near Certainty of Anti-Police Violence | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
By ignoring illegitimate policing, America has also failed to address the danger this illegitimacy poses to those who must do the policing.
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Why Most Academics Will Always Be Bad Writers

Why Most Academics Will Always Be Bad Writers | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"No one should be surprised if much scholarly writing continues to be mediocre and confused."


Summary from Academica Top Ten - Wednesday, July 13, 2016


"Most Academics are—and will continue to be—bad writers, says CHE contributor “Academic writing is bad, and academics should feel bad for writing it,” writes Noah Berlatsky for the Chronicle of Higher Education. The author quotes American psychologist Steven Pinker and several other leading thinkers to suggest that most obscure and confusing academic writing serves little productive purpose. Yet it is unlikely to disappear anytime soon, adds Berlatsky, for the simple reason that most people who write are in fact bad writers regardless of their profession. The author concludes that “writing well is hard. Celebrate those who have mastered it, and have some sympathy for the rest of us, laboring for competence one keystroke at a time.”

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Law professor responds to students who complained about her Black Lives Matter shirt

Law professor responds to students who complained about her Black Lives Matter shirt | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"When students complained about a Black Lives Matter shirt, she responded in a letter now going viral, but without any identification...

The professor is Patricia Leary, and she's been teaching at Whittier Law School since 1992. She's traveling right now and Inside Higher Ed was unable to reach her directly. But the law school confirmed that the letters were legit and she was the author. Whittier is known for its diversity: nonwhite students make up a majority of the law school's student body. The full exchange of letters can be found here. In her response, Leary analyzes the premises of the students -- and goes well beyond Black Lives Matter."

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3 lessons on success from an Arab businesswoman

3 lessons on success from an Arab businesswoman | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Professional Arab women juggle more responsibilities than their male counterparts, and they face more cultural rigidity than Western women. What can their success teach us about tenacity, competition, priorities and progress? Tracing her career as an engineer, advocate and mother in Abu Dhabi, Leila Hoteit shares three lessons for thriving in the modern world.
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How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom

How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Teachers using open educational resources to teach are finding new rewards in the #GoOpen movement.
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Why 'reverse racism' is a stupid accusation against Jesse Williams | John Paul Brammer

Why 'reverse racism' is a stupid accusation against Jesse Williams | John Paul Brammer | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Jesse Williams’ BET speech named aspects of racism that are invisible to those who do not encounter them. That’s why it’s provoked an ill-informed petition
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