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Creationists in Astronomy Class are Not Fun!

Every semester as part of the general astronomy class I teach it is required that we do a few lectures on the history of astronomy. It is intended that we start all the way back into ancient astronomy and talk about how the people of the time viewed their Earth …

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Lady with an Ermine
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Pop Quiz: Of Ferret Pee and Snake Hisses

No corny Valentines Day Stories for Pop Quiz.  I only recognize the true holiday of my birthday today!!! In celebration of this wondrous day I give you a corny teaching story instead. Years and years ago I taught a physics lab class at a farm town University.  Normally, I would start my …

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Charity Soup
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Charity Work: My Life as an Adjunct Part I

Every semester I give my students the opportunity to ask one question of me. I tell them they can ask me anything that is not too terribly personal but I welcome questions giving them career advice, off topic subjects that we cannot cover in class, or just general what classes …

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Pop Quiz: Brrrr…It’s too cold outside! Keep those students at home!?

Most of the United States is having one of the worst winters in years. Even as I type this it is in the negative digits where I live and the wind chill is bitingly bad. Also, because of these ridiculous temperatures every school in the area, including major universities and …

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Why making tuition free isn’t a good idea

[Note: I originally published much of this analysis on another now-defunct blog during the 2012 Quebec Student Protests, but thought it relevant in light of our recent discussion of tuition and government funding.] I think the system of higher education in Quebec provides a useful and interesting comparison to the …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year’s Eve, skeptics and educators! Here are some readings to get you started today: -A Chicago-area library rejects a donation from “Friendly Atheist” Hemant Mehta, saying he represents a “hate group.” –A NPR poll says that a quarter of American parents feel as though their child’s school doesn’t …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 19 December 2013

Creationists rejected! College rankings rebutted! Deaf students disenfranchised! Welsh students going hungry? Read all about it in today’s required readings. A college president has a beef with the prospect of federal ranking of colleges. Colleges may as well be saying ‘Deaf people not welcome here‘. Welsh schools are cracking down on …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 17 December 2013

Hello, all! Here are your Tuesday readings: -One person’s take on the online atheist community – and why he’s “quitting” it. –What a geologist can teach us about better science education. -How prestige factors into choosing a graduate program. Have some links you’d like to share? Submit them on our …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 12 December 2013

Religion! Women! Minorities! Universal Childcare! Other hot-button topics! All in today’s required readings. People home-schooled by religious parents are starting to fight back. The New York Times weighs in on solutions to bringing more women and minorities into STEM. Childcare is key to a healthy economy and society, say UK …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 10 December 2013

Good morning, everyone! For your reading pleasure: -The people who shaped higher education in 2013. -America will never raise its educational levels because we are unwilling to do what it takes to achieve that. -The Atlantic has published a list of notable education stories from 2013 (thanks to Dan for …

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