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A Skeptatic Dialogue, Part 4

Quentis and Firmatio: A Skeptatic Dialogue, Part 4 Continued from Part 3.   Firmatio: So that’s it then? You’re wrong and we can move on? Quentis: Not yet, the reason why I’m wrong is much more important than just the fact that I am wrong. A moment ago I told …

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Emotion in academia, NCLB and special ed, student suicides, Georgetown quackademics, and more: Required Readings, 07.28.15

H/T to our mothership site, Skepchick, for drawing our attention to this article on why academia needs passionate, emotional women (and men). Was improving outcomes for special education students No Child Left Behind’s one big achievement? Meanwhile, discrimination against disabled students in higher education. Campus Suicide and the Pressure of …

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Mothering African universities, disabled conference-goers, correctional ed, WI tenure, and more: Required Readings, 07.19.15

In a new study, women leaders in higher education in Africa describe their gender as an extra job they must perform, in which they must serve as maternal figures as well as role models. As the United States approaches, the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, academic organizations should make stronger …

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Critical Thinking

A Skeptatic Dialogue, Part 3

Quentis and Firmatio: A Skeptatic Dialogue, Part 3 Continued from Part 2.   Firmatio: Right, so you don’t think you can fly anymore? Quentis: Of course I still think I can fly, because I believe it is true. Firmatio: That’s not a good reason. Quentis: Sure it is. I have …

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Education

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Using Data to Find Grading Bias

I love data. A lot. When a close friend was in the hospital, I calculated the exact amount of my free time I dedicated to visiting him each day and put it in a fancy set of charts and graphs. Not for any guilt-tripping purposes, I did this for the …

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Pedagogy

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Rape is a sex act – can I say that?

This is not an article about rape, or even sex.  It is about what we as teachers can or should say about controversial issues when we present them in class.  Or if we should even try to present them in class. As someone who has spent the majority of his …

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Tim Hunt and the crying scientist.

I’m late to the party of, “Is Tim Hunt an ass or just really bad at trying to be funny?” I’m not sure there really is a difference there and I’m not trying to parse it anyway. The one part of the affair that has bugged me is the “women …

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