Critical ThinkingScience

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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Education

Why Teaching Makes Me Smile

Right now I am having a particularly nasty bump in my life. Things are very chaotic and I am not sure what will be around the next corner. So suffice it to say I am a feeling a bit overwhelmed and emotionally drained.  Teaching these last few weeks has been …

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Streams of Consciousness: Science Olympiad

This past weekend I had the pleasure of being an event supervisor at one of the regional sections of the Science Olympiad here in the Midwest for the second year in a row. If you are not familiar with this competition it is for K-12 (this one was just middle …

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Critical ThinkingRequired Readings

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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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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James Meredith speaks out, homeschool reflections, student football union, RIP Pete Seeger

Civil rights hero James Meredith recently released the American Child’s Education Bill of Rights.  Too bad the state board of ed for New York didn’t get a whiff of number 4 in their race to the top; they might have saved  students from the heartache and hassle of high stakes …

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Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Gaming

Angry Birds, Lego Star Wars, FIFA Soccer, Grand Theft Auto. These are just a few of the thousands of iPad games that I’ve noticed on the screens of my students during class time. My school has been a 1 to 1 computing school for nearly a decade, but recently it …

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Pop Quiz – I’m Not Allowed To Tell You What I Think

As a preface to a larger post on the educational implications of the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum, this week I’d like to ask about how divisive political issues are handled in your school or college or university.   Next September, Scotland will vote on whether or not to leave the …

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Culture

Apples and Footballs

Happy belated World Teachers Day! In case you missed it, World Teachers Day was October 5th. I felt all warm and fuzzy inside contemplating all the good things us teachers are doing well in this world. Then, I read this article and felt…different. The article, “The Case Against High-School Sports”, …

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Critical Thinking

Stonehenge, Aliens, and Transvestites…It’s a Theory

Let’s start here. In case you are too lazy to watch the linked video, or just don’t care, here is a sample of comedian Eddie Izzard’s commentary on Stonehenge: And they built Stonehenge, one of the biggest henges in the world. No one’s built a henge like that ever since. …

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