The Disney Princess panic | Joanne

Ariel is mute through most of The Little Mermaid.

Princesses get fewer lines than their princes in most new Disney movies, according to a new research study reported in the Washington Post. Sidekicks tend to be male too.

Female characters spoke more than males in classics such as Snow White and Cinderella, but that reversed with The Little Mermaid, in which Ariel trades her voice for the chance to live as a human and woo her prince.

“In the five Disney princess movies that followed, the women speak even less,” the study found. “On average in those films, men have three times as many…

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If a kid is gay, what can a teacher say? | Joanne

Hawaii may ban teachers, counselors and psychologists from trying to change a child’s sexual orientation, reports the Washington Times.

California, New Jersey, Oregon and the District of Columbia have banned therapists from using “conversion therapy” to persuade teens to reject their homosexuality. “A bill introduced in Congress would ban conversion therapy nationwide,” reports The Atlantic. “In April, President Obama called for an end to these therapies for gay youth.”

In 1994, My So-Called Life introduced Rickie Vasquez, a gay teen who liked to use the girls’ restroom to put on…

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Confusing “relevance” with accesibility | Katharine Beals

“Kids need assignments that they can relate to.” Within today’s Edworld, one of the most pervasive notions is that students should be reading and writing about stuff they can connect to their personal lives. As educational outsiders have pointed out, this assumes kids can’t be interested in things that are distant, whether in time and place, from the mundane and familiar. It excludes the possibility that the long ago, the far away, or the esoteric, might engage children precisely because they are long ago, far away, or esoteric. But isn’t school supposed to open doors rather than close them?…

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Snake Oil Toil | Pamela Snow | The Snow Report

Things have been rather quiet over at the Snow Report of late. As you might imagine, the reasons for that are many and varied, but chief among them is the fact that I have been ridiculously busy with writing projects. Associate Professor Philip Mendes (Monash University) and I are in the final throes of editing an international text on leaving state care (to be published by Palgrave in late 2016/early 2017), I’ve just finished a book chapter with Professor Jacinta Douglas (La Trobe University) on psychosocial aspects of pragmatic language impairments across the lifespan (for a forthcoming…

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Snake Oil Toil | Pamela Snow | The Snow Report

Things have been rather quiet over at the Snow Report of late. As you might imagine, the reasons for that are many and varied, but chief among them is the fact that I have been ridiculously busy with writing projects. Associate Professor Philip Mendes (Monash University) and I are in the final throes of editing an international text on leaving state care (to be published by Palgrave in late 2016/early 2017), I’ve just finished a book chapter with Professor Jacinta Douglas (La Trobe University) on psychosocial aspects of pragmatic language impairments across the lifespan (for a forthcoming…

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“VVE heeft geen effect”, maar waar ligt dat aan? | Paul Kirschner

Aleid Truijens schreef in haar column in de Volkskrant IJs & Weder dat voorschools onderwijs (voor- en vroegschoolse educatie: VVE) “écht geen effect heeft”. Zij schreef: Geloof is hardnekkig. De feiten zijn vaak een nare spelbreker. Vooral als de bedoelingen zo goed en nobel zijn. Op 7 november 2015 presenteerde Ruben Fukkink, bijzonder hoogleraar Kinderopvang, zijn […]

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Workshop Verwondering tijdens researchED Amsterdam | Dick van der Wateren

Afgelopen zaterdag vond in Amsterdam de onderwijsconferentie researchED 2016 plaats, een initiatief van de Britse leraar en auteur Tom Bennett. Zes van de leden van dit blogcollectief gaven een lezing of workshop. Enkele daarvan worden binnenkort hier gepubliceerd. Hierbij mijn bijdrage. Zo’n 250 leraren en onderzoekers kwamen op hun vrije zaterdag naar het Herman Wesselink College […]

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