EducationScience

It’s Getting Hot in Here, So Extract All Your Coal!

It seems as if there is no end to attacks on science education in the United States. Most often it is evolution that bears the brunt of these attacks, with court cases such as Kitzmiller v Dover, or the evolution hearings held by The Kansas State Board of Education coming …

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Arizona to add MLGay Day to Keep Superbowl

Hey kids, want to have an extra holiday during the school year? Announcing February 20th as MLGay Day. During MLGay Day, Arizonans begin by yelling ‘Religious Freedom!’ while NFL employees sneak dollar bills out of their pockets. At the end of the day the yelling turns to ‘Whoops, sorry!’ and …

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Pop QuizUncategorized

Pop Quiz: Gays Please Leave Children Alone

I woke up to this news article this morning, and could not believe the comments of Russian President Vladimir Putin. When asked about the safety of gay fans and athletes who will be attending the Sochi Olympics, Putin had this to say: One can feel calm and at ease. Just …

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Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: To Catch a Cheater

“I learned that teachers aren’t as stupid as some people think they are…” This quote, from a student caught cheating, comes from a fairly old article from the US News called The Cheating Game.  It outlines a widespread problem in the country with regards to students cheating in school. Even …

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Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Are you willing to lose your job for your beliefs?

Many of us skeptics, atheists, and agnostics feel compelled to keep our personal beliefs private, even going out of the way to make sure friends, coworkers, and bosses are not privy to our true views on the world. How far are each of us willing to go to keep our …

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Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Gaming

Angry Birds, Lego Star Wars, FIFA Soccer, Grand Theft Auto. These are just a few of the thousands of iPad games that I’ve noticed on the screens of my students during class time. My school has been a 1 to 1 computing school for nearly a decade, but recently it …

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Education

The Good News Club: Coming to a Public School Near You!

In 2002 I spent 48 hours at a Buddhist monastery on an island off the coast of South Korea. The stay was pleasant, mainly spent sipping tea and talking to a monk about the world. I was not looking for any sort of religious experience at the monastery, rather it …

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Critical Thinking

That’s one small step for NDT, one giant leap for Joe Rogan

In my last article there was a passing reference to some tweets by one of my favorite champions of science and reason, Neil deGrasse Tyson. NDT, as those who know him least call him, was tweeting about the recent space movie, Gravity. Having just seen the movie myself, and enjoying …

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Culture

Apples and Footballs

Happy belated World Teachers Day! In case you missed it, World Teachers Day was October 5th. I felt all warm and fuzzy inside contemplating all the good things us teachers are doing well in this world. Then, I read this article and felt…different. The article, “The Case Against High-School Sports”, …

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Critical Thinking

Stonehenge, Aliens, and Transvestites…It’s a Theory

Let’s start here. In case you are too lazy to watch the linked video, or just don’t care, here is a sample of comedian Eddie Izzard’s commentary on Stonehenge: And they built Stonehenge, one of the biggest henges in the world. No one’s built a henge like that ever since. …

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