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Kitzmiller +10, Timothy Hunt, overrated Ivies, Alabama science: Required Readings, 09.13.15

This week saw the 10th anniversary of the Kitzmiller v Dover decision, which established that the teaching of intelligent design in publicly funded schools is unconstitutional. The latest in the story of British biochemist and professor Timothy Hunt. A new book posits that elite Ivy League universities are overrated student …

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#147notjustanumber, What If and open access, Jedi temples on Turkish campuses, and more: Required Readings, 04.12.15

A social media campaign seeks to draw attention to each individual victim of a terrorist attack last week at a Kenyan university, sharing photos and the details of students’ lives. The utility of open access to scholarly materials as exemplified by xkcd creator Randall Munroe’s What If blog (recently published as a book) raises lots …

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Free community college, NCLB changes, Israeli science books sans ladyparts, Young Skeptics, and more: Required Readings, 1.11.15

Welcome to the “my computer was acting up, so my assignment is late, Professor” edition of Required Readings! The biggest news in education, in the United States at least, was President Obama’s announcement of a new initiative to make 2 years of tuition-free community college education available to millions of …

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Pop Quiz: Minimum Technology

If I do not have a mediated classroom with at least a computer in it that is capable of projecting information and pictures on a screen my astronomy lectures are broken. I need the ability to show pictures. I have colleagues who still use slide projectors to show examples of …

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Student Astounded: Teacher Does Not Get Summer Break!!

This post should have a tag on it called JoDee’s Tiny Rants. Before the end of the semester I had a student ask me in passing what I was going to be doing with my free time this summer. I told him (with a tiny laugh) that I would be …

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Required Readings, 15 October 2013

Good morning, everyone! Here are your Tuesday readings: –5 ways the Next Generation Science Standards will change classroom science. – Some colleges in California are going to start charging more for high-demand courses. -The South Carolina Board of Education gave initial approval for new science standards that are a revision …

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Required Readings, 8 October 2013

Good morning, all! Here are some readings to start off the week:   -A new billboard along I-94 in Michigan is drawing attention for proclaiming that “millions… are living happily without religion.” -An Oklahoma mayoral candidate is courting the atheist vote. -Public opposition in Kentucky to the new science standards …

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Required Readings, 6 October 2013

If you have a chaplain in school teaching creationism and you kick him out, and the new one does the same thing, what’s the next logical step? Get teachers, not chaplains. Good morning everyone, have a nice day and enjoy your reading! Kansas officials stand by new science standards – …

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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, 27 August 2013

 Good morning, everyone! Here are some Required Readings for you to peruse: -Author Thomas Hager speaks about the decline of scientific journalism. -Should scientific skeptics care about their own history? -Ahead of President Obama’s talk in Buffalo, residents discuss college costs and whether obtaining a higher education is worth it. …

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