Required Readings, 12 May 2013
Happy Mother’s Day! Or is it Mothers’ Day? Whatever. Let’s make Mom proud by doing our homework. If rebellion is your thing, it was Henry Rollins who once said, “The best way to rebel against your parents is to know more than them.”
I’ve got a lot of good readings lined up. A few of them aren’t directly education related, but I think there’s good critical thinking/skeptical lessons in there somewhere!
Canada’s National Research Council to only pursue ‘commercially viable’ science – Maxwell and the Nerds. Maxwell and the Nerds. Maxwell and the Nerds. Maxwell and the Nerds…
Nature + Maths = Better Origami – Well, I could have told you that.
I Still Love Kierkegaard – Do you teach philosophy? Religion? Rationalism? The intersection of these was manifested in the writing of a rebellious Dane nearly 2 centuries ago.
The Rough Fist of Reason! – Sounds dirty, but is actually Daniel Loxton’s introduction and commentary to an Edwardian-era skeptical detective story. Skeptical literature from the days of yore? Turns out it was more common than you think! There’s an interesting literature lesson in here…
Umpires, Rules, and Instant Replay – There’s a psychology / perception lesson in here. A good portion of your students are likely fans of baseball, so use the reading to inform a relevant lesson! Bonus: the article invokes Leonard Mlodinow.
The Earth’s Tilt and Seasons – A dad laments a science textbook propagating a common misconception. Short, but valid.
It’s In The Syllabus! – PhD Comics’ take on those common inquiries by students throughout…but especially at the end of the semester…
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