A girl lying in grass with a globe.

Pop Quiz: What happens when you assume?

I live in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. where our weather is dominated by four seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter and spring has properly sprung.  It is a time when thoughts naturally go to the earth and the health of our planet, and so for me it is not surprising that yesterday April 22 was Earth Day and this Friday is Arbor Day in my state, but I was surprised when I learned that it is not Arbor D... »

Climate change ed, beliefs about science, retaliatory tenure denial, not-so-native in the Digital Age, and LSEA repeal 2014: Required Readings 4.22.14

Climate change ed, beliefs about science, retaliatory tenure denial, not-so-native in the Digital Age, and LSEA repeal 2014: Required Readings 4.22.14

Starting off this Earth Day edition of Required Readings is a piece on the inclusion of climate change topics in curricula around the globe. Meanwhile in the United States, some states are rejecting the Next Generation Science Standards because of their stance on climate change (ie, they indicate that climate change is now fact). The backlash to such rejection is growing. In a related vein, a new ... »

Pop quiz: What to be when you grow up?

Pop quiz: What to be when you grow up?

[Ed. note: the title of this piece has been changed since initial publication]   I teach biology in college and I advise our students in the major to prepare them for careers and post-graduate education.  I always start with “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  This generally breaks the ice as we chuckle over my silliness. The interesting thing is “a doctor” is the number one answer I ... »

Book Shelf Science and Skeptical Books

Religious Holidays, Science Teacher Suspended for Doing His Job, Standardized Testing Eulogy, Charter Schools, and Segregation 60 Years after Brown v Board, it’s Required Readings 04.20.14

Good Sunday morning.  Did you know to ast Eostre is the goddess of spring (or the dawn depending on which source you read)?  Yep, Easter, like Christmas is another pagan holiday co opted by early Christianity.  In December, around the shortest day of the year, we bring into our homes an evergreen tree, a symbol of of perseverance against the suffocating dark, and hope that the spring will come qui... »

Change dish

My last word on funding.

Well, things got a little heated in the comments over on Vince’s response to my response to his article. For those of you that don’t want to try to navigate all the nested threads (which admittedly gave me a headache), here’s one last summary of my position for clarity’s sake. The status quo is bad. Yep. Collectivization of student funding cannot fix the system as it is. Th... »

Michael Gove

Pop Quiz – The Man Who Hates Teachers

This is Michael Gove.   Michael Gove is the Secretary of State for Education in England, meaning that he is the person in overall charge of the UK Government Department of Education.   Michael Gove has never been a teacher. Before entering politics, he was a journalist who wrote for The Times and various other publications. He has never worked in “grass roots” education in an... »

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