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"Minty Meets Her Massa"

Taii K. Austin | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Taii K. Austin

MINTY MEETS HER MASSA is a satire on the sanitization of American history in textbooks. PLEASE WATCH UNTIL THE END TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE. ...

eTextbooks vs Open Textbooks: The Student Lens

Ethan Senack | Posted 11.13.2015 | Education
Ethan Senack

At the end of the day, don't buy the hype. Traditionally published eTextbooks often aren't all they're cracked up to be. If we want a world where learning materials are actually effective, ac-cessible, and affordable, we need to invest in open textbooks.

College Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For?

Nicole Allen | Posted 10.08.2015 | College
Nicole Allen

students assigned free, open textbooks do as well or better than their peers in terms of grades, course completion, and other measures of academic success. If traditional textbooks are not producing better outcomes, then what exactly are students paying for?

Time to Abolish Columbus Day

Bill Bigelow | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

Once again this year many schools will pause to commemorate Christopher Columbus. Given everything we know about who Columbus was and what he launched in the Americas, this needs to stop.

Epic Climate Change Textbook Fail

Steven Newton | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Steven Newton

If children are being taught about climate from Florida's fifth grade science textbook from publisher Scott Foresman, then those children are learning from a text so riddled with glaring and obvious errors that it's hard to know how such a book could see the light of day.

It's Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History?

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

As students compare the actual Constitution with their classroom-generated Constitution, they realize that the framers took sides. But why these particular sides? Inevitably, most students want to learn who wrote the Constitution and which social groups they represented.

This 500-Person Town is Leading on Education

Ethan Senack | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Ethan Senack

Now, in the sphere of higher education, we often talk about the potential for OER to save students billions of dollars in textbook costs, but what's happened at Williamsfield since the switch reveals that the value of OER over traditional learning materials extends far beyond the difference in price.

Textbooks Cost a Lot. Here's Why.

Ethan Senack | Posted 08.31.2015 | College
Ethan Senack

It's a pretty common thread that textbook prices are too high. At a time when student debt is higher than ever, it's crazy that we're charging students so much for textbooks.

Dear Students and Faculty: Please Go Digital

David Levin | Posted 08.07.2015 | Business
David Levin

In a world where results matter, it's clear that the future of instructional resources is digital and we are pricing these resources at a much lower level than print.

A Treasure Trove of Knowledge for the White House to Unlock

Ethan Senack | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Ethan Senack

This fall, the Administration is developing new ideas for the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan -- an international commitment to transparency and openness -- and making federally funded educational resources open to the public should be on the list.

Building a Back-To-School Budget

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Back-to-school spending has gone far beyond the last minute, discount-store rush for pens, pencils and paper that many of us remember as kids. But it often still starts with traditional expenses like clothes, shoes, school supplies and books - and the added latest digital technology.

Why McGraw-Hill Is Offering $100 for Your #usedtextbookproblems

Ethan Senack | Posted 06.23.2015 | College
Ethan Senack

Here's the catch: the big textbook publishers that are charging $200 a book don't want students to buy used textbooks -- it means less profit for them.

This Damian Lillard Spin Move Should Be Inscribed In Textbooks

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 04.28.2015 | Sports

The up-and-under was pretty nice too.

Lying to Children About the California Missions and the Indians

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 05.23.2015 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

All my life, I have heard only one story about California Indians: godless, dirty, stupid, primitive, ugly, passive, drunken, immoral, lazy, weak-willed people who might make good workers if properly trained and motivated. What kind of story is that to grow up with?

We Could Save Students a Billion Dollars on Textbooks

Ethan Senack | Posted 05.02.2015 | College
Ethan Senack

We need faculty to make the switch and drop their traditional textbook for an open textbook. It's not hard, but it's not easy, and institutions can make a huge impact by providing training and resources for interested faculty to make the switch.

From 'Deafening Silence' to Desperate Silencing: Hinduphobia Denial Is Hinduphobia Too

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

This essay is not about Narendra Modi's silences, real or perceived. It is not about allegations of silence made and repeated in the echo-chamber of unimaginative media discourses. No. It is about a real silence that no one in the media bothers calling out.

To See What Your Kids Are Missing, Crack This Book

Peter Mandel | Posted 04.18.2015 | Education
Peter Mandel

The contemporary kid's dawn-to-dusk schedule runs over an unusual fact: The most crucial, the most fussed-about, the most prideful chunk of the long-ago kid's education is gone. Completely absent. One-hundred-percent missing in action.

Finding a New Way to Teach About Hinduism in America's Schools

Murali Balaji | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Murali Balaji

The central issue is that Hinduism is uncomfortably and awkwardly fit into a model that focuses on historical chronology, when most Hindus don't view their faith as something that can be pegged into specific eras.

4 Ways to Prepare for Next Semester Now

FindSpark | Posted 03.05.2015 | College

While you enjoy your winter break, next semester may be the last thing you want to think about. But if you want to make it the best one ever, we both know that now is the time to start preparing.

The Most Powerful Tool in the Classroom

Sarah Wike Loyola | Posted 12.20.2014 | Education
Sarah Wike Loyola

Historically, the teacher has been the omniscient presence in just about every classroom in the world. They were the only ones who possessed the all-m...

Only Fascist and Communist Dictatorships Alter History to Promote 'Patriotism.' Conservative Attacks on Curriculum Are Dangerous

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Young Americans can decide for themselves, based on every aspect of U.S. history, whether or not to protest, or vote Tea Party, or carry a gun or become a fur-hating vegan. They need all of our history in an honest manner, not just the "patriotic" version.

Hiccups in Education Portend Brighter Days Ahead for Hindu Americans

Murali Balaji | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Brighter days are ahead, and we intend to make sure we continue to stay on the front lines of advocating for fairness and equity in our education.

Options to Reduce Higher Education Textbook Costs

S. L. Young | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
S. L. Young

Paying for higher education is a major life expense and investment; however, the unknown costs to pay for textbooks can be overwhelming.

4 Back-to-School Myths About College Textbooks

Ethan Senack | Posted 10.28.2014 | College
Ethan Senack

As students and families begin the school year, let's take a second to dispel some myths about college textbooks. Before we debunk some myths around ...

Virtual Resources for Art History and Appreciation Courses

John Seed | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
John Seed

In November of 2012 I posted a blog with a title that posed a question: "Is Smarthistory the Art History Textbook of the Future?." At the time, it s...