Feminism

Category Error

Let’s look at some skeptical topics. Of course, every topic can be a skeptical topic because every topic can be critically examined, but I’ve got some specifics I need to address. I don’t believe in sacred cows, but there are certainly some beliefs that are better grounded in evidence. Vaccine …

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Education

Academic Dishonesty

Dan wrote a good post on Academic Dishonesty a while back. Mine doesn’t address the administrative side at all so I’d recommend reading his for that. My planned post for this week is delayed because this distracted me: Yesterday I began grading my first big writing assignment of the year. I got …

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Feminism

Explaining Feminism

I often find myself needing to oversimplify things. As much as a hate the idea of oversimplification (for example, many of the problems with homophobia in society are related to an oversimplification of human sexuality) I do need to do it regularly. In the context of education, this makes sense. …

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Education

Categorization

A very important aspect of education is the way in which information is presented. If we present things in a very disorganized and haphazard way, students tend not to learn as well as they would if we present things more clearly. Clarity is not the only facet of presenting information …

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Education

The Hidden Curriculum

In my last post I wrote about values, and I was referring to something that I never explicitly stated, yet it was there nonetheless. I was and am talking about the hidden curriculum. This is what our lessons are about, beyond what our lessons are about. The simplest way I …

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Education

Justifying Social Justice in the Classroom

In the Sunday Papers session at TAM 2014, Michelle L. Knaier presented a short talk about teaching social justice through science education. She began by defining social justice as “treating all people with fairness, respect, dignity, and generosity” and later gave some specific examples of racist, sexist, and homophobic stereotypes …

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Culture

Not Knowing What We’re Doing

The more I teach, the more I realize that students don’t really know what teachers do, and neither do the adults they grow up to be. It wasn’t until I was in my senior year in teacher school that I started to really grasp what exactly this job entails. I …

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Religion

Christian Bands and Biases

As my teen years ended, my interest in music dropped off. I still enjoyed listening to it, but I no longer bothered to learn the lyrics to songs I liked. These days, I tend not to pay attention to what the musicians are actually singing. This has led to some …

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Education

Accountability, etc.

In my last post, I wrote about good reasons for teachers to document their students’ work. However, there’s another side of this. Many of my teacher friends in the USA complain about the level of documentation they are forced to do for the sake of “accountability.” On its face, it …

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Education

Documentation

The idea of documentation has been in my life a lot lately. When I say “documentation” I’m referring to two things. One, a teacher documenting what that teacher does, and two, a teacher documenting what her students do. For example, I keep digital records of all the things that I …

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