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Part 2: Creationism is science (and so history)

Creationism can be a scientific pursuit.  Although I don’t know them, I bet the researchers at Answers in Genesis are pretty darn smart about evolutionary biology.  Similarly, those who once had the universe circling the earth did brilliant mathematics to make the system plausible.  Jean Bastiste Lamarck (of evolution by …

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Common Core is going to EAT CHRISTIAN CHILDREN

I never heard of Sandy Rios, of the American Family Association, but you can bet I will be hanging on her every word from now on because she is clearly AWESOME. Check out her measured, thoughtful assessment of Common Core State Standards as she discusses their implications with a gentleman …

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OMG Finland!

You’ve been there. Either as a sibling, parent of siblings, or teacher of siblings, you’ve been part of the very different experience a younger sibling has going through school. Inevitably, at some point, maybe at every point, the younger is compared to the older: Why can’t you be more like …

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I’ve Got Your “Intellectual Snobbery” Right Here

I generally love The Atlantic, but they really shit the bed with me today with this nonsense about “conspicuous atheism.” The problem is, the “culture war” is a false construct created by politicians and public intellectuals, left and right. The state of faith in the world is much grayer, much …

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Need a simple exercise to teach the principle of falsification?

I just saw the following video and thought it would make for a great classroom exercise in critical thinking:     It’s such an elegant way of demonstrating not only the principle of falsification, but also how attachment to our own theories or explanations can distract us from productive lines …

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Fuzzy math, adjunct unions, campus racism, public school creationists, and critical thinking: Your Required Readings!

So many interesting stories out there and so little time to find them all…here are a few interesting education-related articles from the past few days: The Common Core curriculum has received much attention, both positive and negative. But an Arizona legislator had a rather novel reason for voting against it: …

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Pop Quiz: Literacy privilege

If you use social media, chances are you’ve seen the following Glove and Boots video floating around on the internets:     Now, as an educator I absolutely 100% believe that we should be doing our best to teach students to comfortably engage with and communicate in standard literary English. …

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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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Wondering about grades? Us, too. Also: adjuncts in the news, charter school walkouts, computer graded writing. It’s Required Reading 2-6-2014!

What’s in a grade? Does a high GPA from a prestigious university indicate  a moral and unthuglike character ?   Why bring it up? Speaking of grades, why the leap from D to F?  Shouldn’t you lose points for forgetting one of the most popular letters? Well, New Jersey really needs …

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Education as Collateral Damage in the War against Experts

My main reason for posting on this topic is to make sure everyone in the world sees Tom Nichols’s post at The Federalist titled “The Death of Expertise.” Click over and read it–it’s not a tl;dr piece–because I think the topic indicates one of the most important cultural conversations we’re …