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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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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, 14 November 2013

Bloomberg’s final school letter grades. Pretending to be black to win a trustee election. Wait, what? It’s in your required readings, teachers and learners! White republican wins a board of trustee spot in Texas by implying that he’s black – or all those voters could have had a uniform ideological change. …

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Required Readings, 29 October 2013

Hello, all! Good morning, and welcome to the Tuesday Required Readings post:   -Hemant Mehta asks for help for pastor who was attacked by “militant atheist.” -Texas rules parts of controversial abortion law unconstitutional. -Atheist volunteers turned away from volunteering at soup kitchen. -U.S. schools need to teach their students …

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Why Are There So Few Women In Science?: Required Reading, 3 October 2013

The New York Times today published a long-form essay by Eileen Pollack entitled Why Are There Still So Few Women In Science? The essay is so interesting and thought-provoking, that I’d like to break with form and suggest this as your only required reading today. What thought did it provoke in …

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Required Readings, 1 October 2013

Hello, everyone! Good morning, and here are some articles for you to peruse today:   -Teresa MacBain, minister-turned-atheist, loses teaching job after it was discovered she was inflating her credentials. -Anti-evolution group files lawsuit against Kansas State Board of Education to try to prevent Kansas from using the new science …

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Required Readings, 29 August 2013

How does one poop in space? What research is there on best practices in online education for at-risk students? Should journalism students learn to fly aerial drones? Find out in today’s required readings. Chris Hadfield Explains How to Poop on the ISS – a video, rather than a reading, but …

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Required Readings, 11 August 2013

Good morning, everyone! I’m currently attending a conference on STEM education in D.C., hence my taking over the Sunday Required Readings. I’ll be back to posting on Tuesday next week. In honor of this conference, today’s Required Readings links are all focused on science education. I hope you will find …

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Required Readings, 30 July 2013

Good morning, School of Doubt-ers! Here are today’s Required Readings: -Two House representatives tried to add non-religious chaplains to the military. It didn’t go so well. -Researchers say that sibling rivalry is more destructive than school bullying. -Opponents of Kentucky’s new science standards are calling them “fascist” and “atheistic.” -Science …

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