Critical Thinking

Et tu, Radiolab?

It’s time for my morning jog and I spend a few minutes looking over my list of podcasts to choose my educational listenings for the next hour or so. Scrolling through my podcasts I find my trusted running companion, Radiolab. A new episode. Thanks, loyal friend. If you are not …

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The Atheist Academic

The Atheist Academic: Hope is my god

Recently, there has been an uptick in the number of articles about church-going people who are actually atheists. These articles point out that many seemingly religious people are atheist. These people still attend church for a variety of reasons – the ritual, the calming effect of prayer, the social acceptance …

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Pope Francis speaks at World Youth Day: Gay clergy good. Women bad.

Students and youths from all over the world recently flocked to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for World Youth Day. Initiated in 1986 by Pope John Paul II, this event takes place each Palm Sunday at local levels, and internationally every two to three years.   What is World Youth Day? …

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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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Required Readings

Required Readings, 16 July 2013

Good morning, fellow skeptical educators! Here is your Tuesday Required Readings post. I hope these articles will be of some interest to you. -Colorado State University-Global Campus offered credit to students who took a MOOC, but in the year since that announcement no students have taken them up on the …

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Higher EducationRequired Readings

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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Critical Thinking

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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Higher EducationRequired Readings

Required Readings, 2 July 2013

Hello, folks! It’s that time of the week again. Here are links to some interesting articles from around the Web: Project Scientist works to address the disadvantages of women pursuing STEM fields. “Academic freedom” bills, which allow teachers to use supplemental materials in addition to the textbook when teaching politicized …

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It’s Just A Breast!

“If you suck on a tit the movie gets an R rating. If you hack the tit off with an axe it will be PG.” This quote is commonly attributed to Jack Nicholson all over the internet, yet I had trouble verifying its authenticity. Either way, it seemed quite apropos …

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The Atheist Academic

The Atheist Academic: Coming Out At School

Q: How do you deal with your atheism as a teacher? Do you tell coworkers, parents and students, or do you just keep it to yourself? For the first semester at my current job, I was really quiet. I talked to the kids, of course, and I made awkward conversation, …

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