Category Archives: education

The problem with faith schools

It baffles me why the good citizens of the UK permit children to be educated in government supported “faith schools.” Why do they even exist? What good do they do, except to inculcate fairly tales in children and prevent them from intermingling with those of other backgrounds—something that is desirable in a democracy.  Even the U.S. […]

Texas Tech students parade their knowledge

Here a group of Texas Tech students (a decent school in Lubbock, Texas, birthplace of Buddy Holly) are asked five sets of questions: 1. Who won the Civil War? 2. Who is the Vice-President of the United States? 3. Who did we (the U.S.) gain our independence from? And in what year? 4. What (television) show […]

How not to email a professor

From PuffHo we have a demonstration video (apparently posted and narrated by a University teacher) on how not to email a professor. As you’ll see below, the email is an mashup of several student emails sent to a math professor in Michigan, and the name of the student is made up. But it’s pretty much the kind […]

The End Times for the humanities?

NOTE:  A post by David Silbey on his website gives data showing that the decline in humanities enrollment (as percentage of all majors) really declined precipitiously in the from 1970-1985 (when I was in school) and hasn’t dropped much since then. He also claims that the 1970s were a peak, and modern enrollment, while lower […]

Pew Poll: American evolution-acceptance holds steady, partisan divide widens

UPDATE by JAC: Dan Kahan of the Cultural Cognition Project of Yale Law School has further analyzed this survey and finds some problems with it: some data are missing in both the summary and the full report, and this makes it impossible to determine whether the pro-creationist tendencies of Republicans reflects a shift in ideology […]

Fundamentalism I: Religion and creationism in UK schools

Today we have another two-part post, this time on fundamentalism in Europe. This post is on fundamentalism in the UK’s Christian “faith schools,” some of which are funded by the state.  To those of you in the UK: why are you tolerating government funding of religious indoctrination?  Is there no movement against publicly-funded indoctrination of […]

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” […]