Category Archives: education

Ball State University President retires. Is this anything beyond a normal retirement?

Jo Ann Gora, president of Ball State University (BSU) in Muncie, Indiana, has just announced that she will retire in June. As The Muncie Star Press reports: Gora had informed the BSU Board of Trustees on Friday of her plans to retire. “This year will be my 10th as president at Ball State but my […]

The last homework assignment

Now I suppose this might be a fake, but I’m posting it under the assumption that it’s real. It’s the last homework assignment of a dying Japanese teacher, who apparently passed away soon after he wrote this on the board: (from RocketNews24 via Twitter) And the translation (Japanese-speaking readers please verify): Final homework assignment No due […]

Atheism to be taught in Irish schools

Some days most of the news is about atheism vs. faith, and I suppose today is one of those days.  But this time the news is good. According to the Guardian, mandatory lessons that include instruction in atheistic thought will soon begin in Irish primary schools: In a historic move that will cheer Richard Dawkins, […]

Radio debate: Dan Barker vs. Casey Luskin on the Ball State case

Michael Medved, a conservative radio host of the Rush Limbaugh stripe, hosted a 20-minute “debate” on his show the other day between Dan Barker (co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, or FFRF) and Casey Luskin, creationist and research director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute, an intelligent design “think” […]

Is there any hope for people like this?

Stuff like this shows up every day in my inbox, and I usually don’t let it through, but I suppose it’s salutary from time to time to let readers see it. This post came with the reader’s name: Hassan Badr : ) commented on Talk in North Carolina next week Dear Evolutionists, I stand before you here […]

“Science” course at Ball State University sneaks in religion

Ball State University,  in Muncie, Indiana, is a public university (i.e., part of the state university system).  As such, it must abide by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which has been interpreted as disallowing religious viewpoints (or religiously based theories) in public-school science classes. It is of course kosher to teach courses on […]

Kansas public school mandates “Creation Truth Foundation” assemblies

by Greg Mayer According to The Raw Story, Hugoton [Kansas] Public Schools invited Creation Truth Foundation’s founder Dr. G. Thomas Sharp to teach the “Truth about Dinosaurs” at two assemblies next week. At least one of the assemblies will be mandatory for all students and teachers. You’ve probably never heard of the Creation Truth Foundation […]

Latest Gallup Poll on U.S. acceptance of evolution: flatlined, as usual

This Gallup poll is about ten months old, but I don’t think I’ve posted it before, and I like to update the statistics since the same poll is given every year. The question, too, is always the same (see below) and deals specifically with human evolution. Here are the overall data: Gallup’s summary is this: […]

Acceptance of evolution vs. religiosity in the U.S.

This Thursday I’m giving a talk at Oakland University in Michigan on the evidence for evolution and the reason why Americans reject it. Drop by if you live in the area, and I’ll be glad to sign copies of WEIT (books will be on sale there).  There will also be a secret word, announced later, […]

Nature editorial supports science at the Field Museum

by Greg Mayer Jerry and I have written about the plight of science at Chicago’s Field Museum, both here at WEIT, and with several colleagues in a letter to Science. In an editorial, Nature, the leading scientific journal of the English-speaking world, has also spoken out in support of science at the Field. In the […]