Category Archives: education

The UK is a Christian nation: damn those pesky High Courts and Humanists

by Grania Spingies Although most Americans correctly regard Europe as a fairly secular place with far lower levels of religiosity than the US; countries within Europe often find that there are still people in positions of power who find this immensely annoying and pine for the imaginary halcyon days of yore when European nations all bent […]

The Princeton dilemma: what do we do about Woodrow Wilson?

If you’ve followed these pages, you’ll know that, among the welter of college protests, student activists at Princeton have asked for expunging the name of a Princeton icon, Woodrow Wilson, from its infrastructure. Wilson was not only president of Princeton, but President of the United States, and apparently a progressive one. But he was regressive […]

In misguided attempt to achieve gender equity, kindergarten teacher prohibits boys from using Legos

We are living in an Onion world now, where no act of political piety surprises me. When I sent this article to a colleague, he even thought it came from the Onion. But it didn’t, it comes from CBS in Seattle, and I’ve verified it from other venues. As  CBS Seattle reports, a kindergarten teacher in […]

“All shall have prizes and non shall be disappointed”: a teacher writes in about the coddling of American students

Last night I received this email from a high-school teacher in Texas, who gave me permission to put it up but, for obvious reasons, asked to remain anonymous. Here it is: In light of recent discussion about the hypersensitivity of college students, you might be interested to hear what just happened at the high school where I teach. […]

Molly Worthen defends the traditional college lecture

We all hear that traditional college lectures are on the way out. I don’t know the facts, but I’m told that they’re not nearly as “educational” as “active learning” experiences, in which students use computers or teach each other, or as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), in which a professor lectures online and the students take […]

Your essential evolution library

by Greg Mayer I frequently teach evolutionary biology in the spring semester, but for various reasons I will not be teaching it this coming spring. A few days ago, a student who wanted to take the course, but now couldn’t, asked what he could read in lieu of taking it. We discussed some suggestions, and […]

Conservative Christian legal organization argues that public university football chaplains are equivalent to atheist professors

The Christian Post, whose format eerily resembles that of the Huffington Post (see below), reports that the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is pushing back On the Freedom from Religion Foundation’s (FFRF’s) claim that football team chaplains at public universities are an unconstitutional violation of the Establishment Clause. (See a precis of the FFRF’s complaint here.) […]

The “trigger warning” debate continues in The New Republic

Five days ago I published a piece in The New Republic criticizing the proliferation of “trigger warnings” in college courses and assignments, something done largely at the behest of students.  My view is that there could be no end to such warnings, for nearly anything can “trigger” students, in ways running the gamut from mere offense […]

Making a virtue of necessity: Australian Anglicans tell schoolkids how great sex is

Reader Scott from Australia sent me this short video of two of his religious countrymen (countrypeople?) discussing whether God wants them to have sex. The answer was a resounding “yes,” and when I was told this was a video designed by Anglicans to be part of the religious curriculum in public schools,  I thought it was […]

The University of Wisconsin: now with less truth seeking, more “workforce needs”

by Greg Mayer The University of Wisconsin—including the great “public ivy” research campus in Madison, the second doctoral campus in Milwaukee, and eleven comprehensive baccalaureate-masters campuses around the state—has long been inspired by the “Wisconsin Idea“, the notion that higher education exists to serve the public, improve the human condition, and seek the truth. This […]