#proudMIeducator: Why a Hashtag Isn’t Enough to Save the Teaching Profession

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) recently launched a media campaign designed to recognize the work of educators across the state. Referred to as Proud Michigan Educator, this campaign was developed to combat the negative rhetoric surrounding the teaching profession which often blames teachers for the failings of public education and contributes to low teacher …

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Independent Streams (Week of October 10)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Michigan Advocates Seek Explicit Right To Education (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate David Arsen to speak on education as a constitutional right at upcoming education forum. School Of Choice Not Right Choice For Our Kids (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Joshua Cowen speaks on the …

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Food Dreams

I think that food dreams might be the next big growth area for cognitive food studies. Both regular readers of the Thornapple Blog are now expecting me to launch into a tedious discussion of exactly what “cognitive food studies” could possibly mean, and I hate to disappoint them. The growing number of academic types who …

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Week 1 Reflection: Online Presence and Public Scholarship Working Group

In committing co-facilitating the Online Presence and Public Scholarship Working Group, I’ve also committed to meta & in-process reflection on the process so we can gather data and evidence to provide to the MSU Academic Advancement Network nodes as they’re engaged in finding ways to develop communities of practice that integrate across related disciplinary clusters …

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New Publication: Food Protection Strategies – Review of New Zealand MPI Food Protection Forum

New Publication: Food Protection Strategies – Review of New Zealand MPI Food Protection Forum by John Spink • October 7, 2016 • Blog • 0 Comments This report was specifically created to provide an overview of key concepts presented at the “Food Protection Forum” held in Auckland during October 2015, which was organized by the New Zealand Government Ministry for Primary …

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Hunting and Gathering on Campus

As I began my archival research about food in the Early Period (1855-1870) I continued to run across stories about students activities on campus related to food procurement. While the students paid weekly for room and board, they also supplemented their diet by hunting on campus and gathered berries and other fruit from the surrounding …

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Filling the Void: Presidential Candidates’ Proposals for Education – Part 1

  Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Following the first presidential debate, there has been some criticism of the lack of discussion about educational issues. But for me, as someone particularly interested in early childhood education and care, I was pleasantly surprised by the multiple (albeit brief) mentions of family leave and childcare expenses. This issue …

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Tackling the Issue of Low Teacher Morale in Michigan and Beyond

Last month, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Michigan Education Association (MEA) released survey results from a joint project assessing Michigan educators’ perceptions of the profession. In a presentation titled Dissed, Devalued, Demeaned, the two organizations painted a grim picture of teacher morale in Michigan. Nearly 11,000 educators participated in the survey last …

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Feast your Eyes on This: Banquets and Changing Cuisine at MSU (or: How I Wish I Could Time Travel to 1884 and Eat All the Cake)

During a recent visit to the MSU Archives, I was beginning my search through records pertaining to food and came across a rather interesting folder containing programs for various MSU and other local banquets. These programs all featured menus for the event, and demonstrate changes in taste and cuisine over time. Naturally, they piqued my …

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Genetics, Cognitive Ability, and Education (conversation with Cambridge PhD candidate Daphne Martschenko)

Genetics, Cognitive Ability, and Education (conversation with Cambridge PhD candidate Daphne Martschenko) Further conversation with Cambridge PhD candidate Daphne Martschenko concerning genetics of cognitive ability, implications for education policy, etc. See also earlier conversation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVqkvHpLfuQ Dunedin paper referenced in the video (polygenic score prediction of adult success for different SES groups): http://infoproc.blogspot.com/2016/09/genomic-prediction-of-adult-life.html Tweet

Nuts

How many blog readers remember Euell Gibbons? I thought so. If you Google his name, he is apparently best remembered as pitch man for Post Grape Nuts™. I was interested in his appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. How many blog readers remember Johnny Carson? Well, that’s a tangent I won’t touch. Let’s …

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The Sell-Off of Democracy

In the past few months we have seen an acceleration of mergers among giants in many industries. Dow Chemical and Dupont, followed by Monsanto and Bayer, Marriott and Starwood, Microsoft and Linked-In, Verizon and Yahoo, and recently Miller and Budweiser. Each of these firms were giants before a merger. By combining they not only grab …

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