Critical ThinkingPrimary Education

About those viral Common Core problems

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably seen one of those viral posts on social media presenting a (seemingly) ridiculous common core math problem, and possibly even a frustrated parent responding with some kind of exasperated takedown. Like this one. (Also pictured) It is super tempting, especially for those of …

Image of a odorous house ant
Critical ThinkingPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Gut vs Mind – What’s your woo?

My house is currently overrun with ants, tapinoma sessile to be exact.  (As I type one just ran across my desk.) My husband and I have been battling these arthropods every year since we have moved into our current home.  Every spring the ants emerge and we deploy our arsenal.  …


Introducing Skeptability!

Skepchick has a new sister site! Our newest addition, Skeptability, is devoted to the discussion of disability-related issues in science, skepticism and beyond. Sarah and her team will be kicking the site off with a variety of fantastic articles over the next few days and they would love to read …

Critical ThinkingCultureEducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Teaching unsavoury history

Happy Thanksgiving/Columbus Day to our Canadian and American readers! Hope those of you who got the day off are enjoying the free time. Speaking of federal holidays, reading The Oatmeal‘s latest comic on just how terrible Columbus actually was reminds me of an experience I had several years ago while …

EducationFeaturedSecondary Education

I’m Going to Be a Bitch Here for Just a Moment

Over the last few days, we had a horrible scare at my school. One of our students disappeared, in his car, leaving his wallet and phone behind. They found his car a few states away, abandoned. Before school, some students gathered for a prayer group outside of our school, I …

A shelf full of books.
Required Readings

Required Readings, 27 August 2013

 Good morning, everyone! Here are some Required Readings for you to peruse: -Author Thomas Hager speaks about the decline of scientific journalism. -Should scientific skeptics care about their own history? -Ahead of President Obama’s talk in Buffalo, residents discuss college costs and whether obtaining a higher education is worth it. …

Donald Prothero
Required Readings

Required Readings, 22 August 2013

Don Prothero on scientific literacy. Elmore Leonard and exclamation marks. Steven Novella on creationist Ken Ham. Rachel Arsenault finds enjoyment and practical training in community college. Here’s your required readings for today, teachers and learners! The serious consequences of scientific illiteracy – Don Prothero gives us a sobering essay on …

Critical Thinking

Are you there God? It’s me, Incredulity.

Many times throughout the school year, our entire staff gather for prayer. We gather for prayer at the beginning of the year to ask God for a safe and healthy school year. We gather each morning to ask God to watch over us during the day, and keep us from …

Critical ThinkingFeatured

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 …

Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Rational reading?

Because clearly the best time to get involved with something fun and distracting is when you are racing to finish a conference paper on a very tight deadline, today I finally got around to starting Eliezer Yudkowsky’s “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.” I remember first hearing about it …