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...]

Qualia Soup On Skewed Views Of Science

An old Qualia Soup video I missed in the past.  Thanks to Critical Thinker for the heads up. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Changing Minds

Steven Pinker compares current worries that the internet is changing how we think and making it more superficial to previous “moral panics” at the arrival of all other new media, from the printing press to newspapers to television.  (And his examples might as well have gone all the way back to Plato’s mistrust of the [Read More...]

Those Who Can’t Do, Create Knights

Newly knighted, Sir Patrick Stewart explains his debt to a teacher: When asked what had sparked his interest in acting, Sir Patrick replied: ”When I leave here I will be going to a luncheon that has been arranged and sitting on my right will be a man called Cecil Dormand who was my English teacher [Read More...]

Jon Stewart’s 2004 Commencement Speech At William And Mary

Listen here to Jon Stewart’s 2004 commencement speech, delivered at his alma mater The College of William and Mary.  I heard it several years ago and I’ve thought of it often since.  In both his humor and his substance, Dr. Stewart really, really gets it right and gives the graduands the most relevant advice.  Click [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: Grading Rubric

This is really, really what it’s like to grade: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

A Statement Of My Teaching Philosophy

I believe that the best teachers are both rigorous and kind.  In terms of rigor, my syllabi are usually demanding in terms of the quantity of philosophers and major topics they cover and the quality of readings that they assign.  I give comprehensive exams, demand their writing shows signs of philosophical talent for an A, [Read More...]

Simon Blackburn On Philosophy’s Contributions

In the UK, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills intends to assess “the benefits of postgraduate study for all relevant stakeholders” and “the evidence about the needs of employers for postgraduates.” Philosopher Simon Blackburn answered a request for faculty comments with a letter worth reading in full. A couple highlights: (1) Our postgraduate philosophy [Read More...]