Kansas vs. Darwin

From today through March 12, you can screen Kansas vs. Darwin. Description of the film: Even before they took place, the 2005 Kansas school board hearings on evolution were recognized as a pivotal battle in America’s ongoing war over teaching evolution in the public schools. Organized by believers in Intelligent Design and convened by creationists, [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: The Grad Student Rap

So the music is an abomination, the rhymes are mildly amusing, and the rapping is pathetic, but, you know, out of solidarity with all the grad students out there and in tribute to a decade of my life that is now mercifully over, I just had to post this: The book they’re hawking is Surviving [Read More...]

Just How Much Control Over Their Children’s Thought Are Parents Entitled To?

In reply to yesterday’s open philosophical question whether a Swedish law banning any school, even private ones, from indoctrinating students by teaching their religious tenets as truths (with the ulterior motive of undermining Islamic schools’ abilities to radicalize their students), Mary Young makes a rigorous and eloquent case against such bans well worth highlighting (and [Read More...]

TOP Q: “Is It Unjust To Outlaw Schools, Even Private Religious Ones, From Teaching Religious Doctrines As Though True?”

Sweden is planning to make it illegal, even for private schools, to teach religious doctrines as true. Their content may be discussed, of course, but they will not be able to be presented as facts. In The Guardian, Andrew Brown explains the issues involved and the ulterior motives which may really explain the legislation: The [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: The Real Reasons To Go To Grad School?

Harsh: See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

So You Want To Get A PhD In The Humanities

Deeply cynical but painfully true: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Be Heard, Fellow Adjuncts!

If you are a non-tenured/non-tenure track instructor or professor of any sort at any American educational institution, please fill out this survey about your working conditions from the Coalition on the Academic Workforce and be sure to pass it on to any under-employed academics you know, including graduate student teachers on fellowships. (via) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins: “Faith School Menace?”

Jerry Coyne relays this truly eye-opening new documentary from Richard Dawkins which aired in the UK last week: Here’s a link (thanks to Johann Hari) for donating to the cause of abolishing state funding of faith schools in the UK. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

High School Valedictorian Lambasts The Priorities Of US Educational System

Meet Erica Goldson, the 2010 valedictorian of Coxsackie-Athens High School: The full transcript of her speech is here. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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