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RR: 22 December 2013

Hello, Doubters! Here’s some doubtable (and redoubtable) tidbits for your Sunday afternoon: The New York Times has done the math on public school class sizes and found–shock!–that there are too many students and too few teachers. The Kansas Board of Regents says it can fire professors for using social media …

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The President of McGraw-Hill Higher Ed Wants a Complete Transition to Ebooks by 2015: Is He a Visionary or Just High?

That’s a long title, sorry. I’m also sorry for taking a School of Doubt sabbatical with a couple of snow days and some personal time combined with a bit of sick leave. But I am back with you now, doubters! Shall we do some doubting together? Remember when this happened? …

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Pop Quiz: Out sick

I don’t know about you guys, but up here in my neck of the woods there has been a nasty cold going around for the last couple of weeks, and I’m only just getting over my turn at the buffet. I’m lucky to have a fairly strong immune system in …

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Spiritual Martians, Pieta Vandalism, and an Old Man’s Groceries: A Day in the Life of Richard

As an AIH (Atheist in Hiding) while at work, it can be hard to carry on the charade day after day, week after week, even year after year. The challenge is dealing with the misconceptions and misinformation. I have chosen a particularly interesting day from last week to help highlight …

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Pop Quiz: Woah, I Wasn’t Expecting Them To Say That

Hey there, Scholars of Doubt! It’s the weekend and, depending where in the world you are, the end of one of the first weeks of the new school term. I’m really pleased with my classes this year; I haven’t experienced any major discipline issues yet and almost all of the …

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Lesson Plan: The Skeptical Narrator of Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”

“During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country, and at length found myself, as the shades of evening drew …

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Required Readings, 25 April 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! Your required readings for today include a story about an 11-year-old internet science star, international students worrying about their safety in the U.S., using clickers in the social science classroom, and threats against protesters at Dartmouth. Sylvia Todd, Science Star, Tinkers With The Idea Of …

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Jesus Loves Me This I Know, For My Good Grades Tell Me So

It’s 8:45am and just over three hundred teenagers are sitting in an assembly hall. The youngest sit at the front and the oldest at the back, with almost everyone sporting the identical muted colours of the school’s uniform. The staff form a ring around the edges of the hall, looking …

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