Doctor Who: The Krotons

The Doctor Who episode The Krotons features what to viewers in our time will appear to be quite primitive and poorly-constructed robots as the key villains. If one can get past the appearance – perhaps by keeping in mind that the Krotons are supposed to be not robots but organic crystal-based life forms that are [Read More…]

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Time for the End of the Sectarian University?

Churches have long been instrumental in the establishment of universities. Some of the most prestigious secular universities of the present day in the United States – whether Harvard University, the University of Chicago, or Butler University [wink] – were founded by either churches or people motivated by religion, and had strong religious ties. But it [Read More…]

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Teach the Other Controversy

This is not poking fun at beliefs about creation – we all get to a point where we either posit something that simply is, or say something not all that different from “It’s turtles all the way down.” But those who advocate “teaching the controversy” or “teaching both sides” rarely actually want that to happen. [Read More…]

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Wisdom and Wonder by Abraham Kuyper

I am grateful to Patheos for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Patheos Book Club discussion of the translation of Abraham Kuyper’s book, released under the English title Wisdom & Wonder: Common Grace in Science & Art. The book offers a fascinating insight into the question of how Christian faith relates to major [Read More…]

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New iPad (aka iPad 3): What’s New, What’s Necessary, What’s Pedagogically Useful?

The iPad 3 has been mentioned on surprisingly few blogs I read regularly or subscribe to. When the iPad 2 came out, there was more buzz among educators. Perhaps it is simply the fact that whether educators could afford to upgrade to iPad 2 (or use university funds to get one), or could not afford [Read More…]

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Sanctum Santorum

You gotta admire Rick Santorum’s honesty. I suspect that most politicians hope that the majority of voters will not have sufficient education to see through at least some of the things they claim. After all, anyone who studies economics will know that no president can guarantee a booming economy no matter what policies they propose [Read More…]

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Grand Canyon, Bigger Lies

A geologist from the NCSE explains why young-earth creationism’s Flood geology doesn’t fit the evidence: In other related news, it sounds like we haven’t heard the last of creationism bills in Indiana. [Read more…]

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Memorizing and Forgetting Facts

This cartoon illustrates well one of the reasons why I’ve moved away from exams that focus on the recall of facts of the sort that can be memorized for a test and then forgotten. HT A Feather Adrift [Read more…]

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Quote of the Day (Lee Bessette)

“One of my husband’s former professor’s used to tell her students that education is the only thing we’re generally happy getting less of for our money. We’re happy when the professor cancels class. We’re happy with less homework, less requirements, less writing, less reading, less seat time, less, less, less. There are exceptions to this, [Read More…]

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Teach the Hilarious Controversies

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Good News and Bad News in Indiana’s New Creation Science Law

The news is circulating that Senate Bill 89, which allows for the teaching of “creation science,” has passed the senate and now awaits approval from the house. There is at least some good news. On the one hand, the proposed law makes no mention of science classrooms, and so there is nothing that directly encourages [Read More…]

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