Education

Let’s Just Abandon Debate

Last year, I wrote about problems with debate and made a few points about how the way debate is done in schools is problematic. Now, after having to make another professional dive into it, I find myself needing to clarify and reiterate a few points. As can be said for …

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Required Readings

UC Davis publicity problems, debate over debate location, fixing math ed, science ed teaching and learning, school funding, and more: Required Readings, 04.18.16

Documents released last week show that the University of California-Davis spent at least $175,000 on consultants in an attempt to scrub the Internet of negative online postings regarding a 2011 incident during which students were pepper-sprayed, in order to boost the school’s public image. (I know several librarians at UC Davis who could have …

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Education

The Problem With Debate

Some months ago I found myself in the position of teaching debate. I had little prior experience with the details of it so I did a lot of research to make sure I was teaching it correctly. But I found something disturbing in my research, my real-life experiences with judging …

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Secondary Education

Logical Fallacies

I recently found myself in a position where I needed to directly teach logical fallacies to my students, for the first time. As I spent hours researching, preparing materials, and actually teaching classes, I learned quite a few things. First, they’re difficult. Really difficult. It is easy to present an …

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Critical ThinkingScience

Part 3: Debating creationism – why it is good idea (but not always)

For Bill Nye or anyone else to debate a creationist like Ken Ham makes no more sense than for Neil deGrasse Tyson to debate a flat-earther.  The science of both issues is settled – debates just give credibility to crackpots. Oh, do I disagree.  Dr. Tyson should debate a flat-earther, …

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Required Readings

Required Readings: Bill Nye won the debate against Ken Ham, or did he? Adjuncts’ working conditions improve – Required Readings

Good morning everyone! Enjoy your Sunday, hope it’s not too cold for you, but just so you know, I’m basking in tropical sunlight! Bill Nye Ken Ham Debate In Depth Recap Synopsis and Who Won – but do creationists actually think Bill Nye won? Clash over worldviews – I doubt …

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EducationPedagogyPop Quiz

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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