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Required Readings

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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Required Readings, 23 July 2013

Good morning, everyone! Here are some interesting articles for you to peruse: -Education officials in Rhode Island, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland, and Vermont have approved science standards that recommend teaching evolution and climate-change well before high school. –A survey conducted for the Australian Academy of Science shows that one in eleven …

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Required Readings, 9 July 2013

Good morning, everyone! Welcome to Tuesday. Here are some articles that might be of interest to you: -Is science education in Europe not broad enough? -The state of evolution education in Turkey is not good–both at the high school level and at the universities. –Pennsylvania schools are encouraged to adopt …

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New Mississippi Law Allows for Religious Content in Class Assignments

A new law went into effect on Monday in Mississippi that would allow religion to enter public schools without fear of reprisal. This law is known as the “Mississippi Student Religious Liberties Act of 2013,” and it is effective beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. While it backs up a …

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Kansas Does Something Good For Once and Passes New Science Standards

The following awesome article is by Mindy, Teen Skepchick’s managing editor. Thanks, Mindy! 🙂 It’s hard to think of a more anti-science state than my home state of Kansas. (Louisiana, maybe?) But recently the state Board of Education did me and all of the science enthusiasts throughout the state proud …

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Required Readings, 25 June 2013

Hello, hello! Good morning, fellow School of Doubt denizens. This is my first time doing a Required Readings post, so let’s jump right in! -Maryland considers new standards for science teaching in an effort to boost STEM skills. –A new report by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences says …

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Pop Quiz: Science and Special Learning Needs

This week, I’m engaged in a professional development workshop using the citizen science project Moon Mappers. I’ve been fortunate to work with two powerhouse teachers, now (mostly) retired, that developed much of the middle school lesson plan that ties Earth and lunar geology. Their combines classroom experience spans several decades …

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Science Education – An Endangered Species?

I can’t even begin to wrap my brain around the attacks on science and science education that have been dog-piling on since the sequester began. It is as if everyone has just lost it all at once. What’s going on? Phil Plait does a nice job of detailing the latest …

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Pop Quiz: What’s Your Dream Science Class

Standards… love them or hate them, they exist. States have educational standards. Sometimes countries have standards. Some standards are required, others recommended. Though there are no national standards required for science in the US, certain ones are recommended. A committee made up of writers from 26 states are converging on …

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