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Pop Quiz: Let’s Do The Time Warp

Today was Time Capsule day for one of my classes. I have a “Form Class”, which is our equivalent of the US “Homeroom”. This short 15 minute period happens at the start of every day and is designed to take care of things like illness absence notes, general school announcements …

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Pop Quiz: That Reminds Me Of The Time When…

Hey hey, Friday afternoon Pop Quizzers!   My favourite lessons are the ones that end up in places I wasn’t expecting. Maybe a student asks a question that leads to some unforeseen discussion, or maybe a new topic emerges naturally during the course of the lesson. I love it when …

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Pop Quiz: Back Door Creationism

It’s always the same. There you are, all ready to put up a very exciting Pop Quiz about literacy levels in school and college students, when BAM! An unexpected creationists-sneaking-in-through-the-backdoor story appears and ends up being faaaaar more interesting.   A story broke over here this afternoon regarding a small …

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Pop Quiz: You Have One Hour To Learn All There Is To Know About Rape

Hi there, Doubters! I’m really sorry that this post is a little late; Friday night traffic is rotten. I’ll make this a quickie so that we’re not delayed too much longer.   Today we had a visitor from a rape counselling service in our school. Each year she visits for …

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Pop Quiz: Woah, I Wasn’t Expecting Them To Say That

Hey there, Scholars of Doubt! It’s the weekend and, depending where in the world you are, the end of one of the first weeks of the new school term. I’m really pleased with my classes this year; I haven’t experienced any major discipline issues yet and almost all of the …

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Pop Quiz: When To Admit That You’re Wrong

Being wrong is a vital part of science and scepticism. Part of the whole point of science is to try to disprove whatever theory you’ve come up with; to try to prove yourself wrong in any way you can. Atheists and sceptics are often accused of being as dogmatic and …

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Pop Quiz: Richard Dawkins Says You Can’t Handle The TRUTH

Aww man, Dawkins. Not again.   By now you’ve probably seen Richard Dawkins’ latest foray into the world of Twitter. He recently informed his many followers that “All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.” Unsurprisingly, this …

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Pop Quiz: Wait, How Can It Be August Already?

If there’s one thing a teacher can do to alienate every single non-teacher around them, it’s talk about holidays. Our job gives us an unbelievable amount of time off and it always makes me cringe to hear fellow teachers gloat about it, even jokingly. We really don’t need to add …

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Pop Quiz: They Took Our Jeeeerrrbbsss

Hello, Scholars of Doubt! My Pop Quiz today relates to my earlier article about Derek Black. This young man recently wrote an open letter in which he laid out his reasons for renouncing the white supremacist views that he had promoted for most of his life. He cited his college …

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Walking Away From Hatred

“Hey dad, you know that racist online empire you’ve devoted so much time to building? I think I broke it. Oh and you know that group of guys you really love, the ones who made you a grand wizard or whatever? I think I might’ve broken them too.”   Derek …

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