Charter school PR, freeform study, coding, a glittering bible curriculum, the lionfish story, and plagiarism: Required Readings, 7.22.14

Charter school PR, freeform study, coding, a glittering bible curriculum, the lionfish story, and plagiarism: Required Readings, 7.22.14

Today’s case study in critical thinking and information evaluation comes to us from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which distributed an 18-page “messaging notebook” at a recent conference. Among the contents is a “Say This, Not This” section that suggests replacing words like application and consumers for, respectively, enrollment form and families.... »

Boy on the world reading

The Great Didactic: All the young of both sexes should be sent to school

Chapter 9 – All the young of both sexes should be sent to school I was going to clean up my language when I published this post.  I wrote the original a week ago and then set it aside.  During that time my anger subsided and I really was going to cut out the cursing, but then as I was preparing this post I reread the quotes and I got angry again.  So needless to say there is some not safe for work... »

A pile of US $100 bills

Is it okay to dance with the devil for a good cause – like funding your graduate students?

Summer is conference time for scientists and I just got back from a fantastic one in Australia.  The Great Barrier Reef  science was quite fun and educational.  In between seminars as we are wont to do, we talked funding and how tight things are these days.  One’s chances of getting an NSF or NIH grant are seemingly declining with every grant cycle.  This has led professors, departments and univer... »

Cat Tired of Studying

The Great Didactic: A.K.A. The Great Slog

Chapter 7 and 8: The Title Pretty Much Says it all Recently I was thinking about the foundation of our education system and its philosophical underpinnings. As I was doing this it dawned on me that I have only ever really read about this philosophy and I never read the original texts. One of my summer goals is to sprinkle a little knowledge into the mix of my fluffy summer novel reading, so I am r... »

cartoon girl surrounded by stacks books

Pop Quiz: Time Management

Of course this topic choice has nothing to do with my nearly forgetting to write this post for the Monday pop quiz; that’s purely coincidental! We are well aware students are not always the best at managing their time, but the reasons why may not be because they lack time management skills, but rather they really don’t want to do the work, so they put it off.  It may also be they don&#... »

Questions?

Introduction to Astronomy Survey

Warning: This post is Northern Hemisphere-centric! Also, keep in mind I did not do an exhaustive statistical analysis of this survey so take it as you wish. Every semester at the beginning of my Introduction to Astronomy course I give a variation of the survey from The Collaboration for Astronomy Education Research (CAER) group. Each semester after I grade them I am reminded that astronomical conc... »

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