Required Readings

CA student vax law, HI charter school prayers, Confederate education, Elsevier boycott, @AcademicsSay, and more: Required Readings, 07.05.15

At the intersection of skepticism and education this week: California Governor Jerry Brown signed one of the nation’s strictest school vaccination laws. Christian prayers at charter schools in Hawaii: Crossing a line? Following the mass shooting in Charleston, SC: questions about teaching the history of the Confederacy as well as discussion of present-day battles …

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Required Readings

MOOCs, liberal indoctrination, #charlestonsyllabus, TX BOE chair, King & King controversy, y mas: Required Readings, 06.28.15

Hat tip to School of Doubt’s mother ship, Skepchick, for this article on the role MOOCs are playing in the professional development of educators. Turning Point USA, a conservative activist organization, wants to teach college students how to avoid indoctrination by “liberal professors.” You can view their offerings here. A Brandeis …

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Pop Quiz: Richard Dawkins Says You Can’t Handle The TRUTH

Aww man, Dawkins. Not again.   By now you’ve probably seen Richard Dawkins’ latest foray into the world of Twitter. He recently informed his many followers that “All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.” Unsurprisingly, this …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 4 July 2013

Greetings, teachers and learners! Did you enjoy your bratwursts and fireworks? Or if you’re in the UK, did you shake your fists at “the one that got away”? Regardless, I’ve got some required reading for you to complete. Better late than never. And I know you’ve been waiting all day …

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Pop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz – Hey Sir, Are You On Facebook?

“Are you on Facebook?”   Work with teenagers long enough and this question is sure to rear its head. The answer, of course, is always “I’m not cool enough for that” and that’s usually enough to snip the discussion. In fact, most of them are depressingly eager to accept that …

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