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Required Readings, 19 November 2013

Should atheism be included in religious education, should atheists have their own churches? Good morning everyone! Have a nice day and enjoy your reading! The irony of religious education? It needs to include atheists and humanists – this is the least that should be done. Evaluating religious education – how …

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Lesson Plans: Make a Comet

I love hands-on science demos. One of my favorites is the “Make your own comet” that I often do for public events with kids, adults, anyone! I perfected my comet making skills while I was a part of Dark Skies, Bright Kids in Virginia, and I’ll share the not-so-secret recipe …

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Required Readings, 12 November 2013

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Here are some interesting articles for you to peruse:   -President of the student body at a Christian university in Oregon declares that he’s an atheist. -A school in Wisconsin rejects teaching evolution in its science curriculum. -State finances are improving, but more public universities are capping …

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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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Required Readings, 22 October 2013

Good morning, everyone. Here are a smattering of articles from across the Internet: -A school board in Tennessee debates whether the PTO should be praying before meetings… … and then solves the issue by banning teachers from leadership in the group. -What expectations should professors have for private communications with …

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Required Readings, 20 October 2013

Government’s dire experiment of shutting down science, the Roswellian syndrome and more. Good morning everyone, enjoy your Sunday and, hopefully, your reading as well! The Government Shutdown Was Temporary, Its Damage to Science Permanent – this only shows why science education should be much better than it is now, so …

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Pop Quiz: Science Olympiad

Last year, I was asked (rather last minute) to help with our regional Science Olympiad. This is an event where teams from junior high or high schools compete in various science, technology, and engineering tests and challenges, earning points and medals for their team. It’s like a track meet for …

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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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Pop Quiz: Are You Shutdown?

I wish I could talk about something other than the government shutdown in the United States, but I’m just too darn cranky to focus on much else. And no, we’re not getting into a political debate here. Let’s talk about specific effects on education and science. What does the federal …

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