The Penalty for Citing Wikipedia

John Anderson shared on Facebook the wonderful threat he makes to students if they should dare to cite Wikipedia in an assignment. He said he tells them he will change the Wikipedia article, penalize them for citing Wikipedia, and then penalize them again for not citing it accurately! The point he is trying to get [Read More...]

Christ’s Elementary Word

Yesterday in my Sunday school class we discussed Hebrews 5:11-6:3. After a bit of discussion of the penchant in some Christian circles (although by no means all) to be content with an immature understanding of and approach to their faith, and a declining focus on education in some churches and denominations, we turned our attention [Read More...]

That’s No Research Paper

Via Joel Watts [Read more...]

Acts 26:18 (Bogus Internet Version)

I had a student provide this quote, supposedly from Acts 26:18, ┬áin an assignment: The first step of education is to have one’s eyes opened and be turned from darkness to light. I Googled it and found it has circulated quite widely online. But it doesn’t correspond to the meaning of the Greek text of [Read More...]

Ken Ham, Moses, and Jesus

Ken Ham has posted a reaction on Facebook to an image I shared on my blog yesterday (you can read the comments from his cronies there). I’ll share the text of his Facebook post here and then discuss it: Come on James McGrath, do you really think stooping to such lows befits a professor at [Read More...]

Shamed By You Knowing Science?

Scott Bailey included this image in a recent post: One thing that struck me about it is that, if you don’t actually know English, you might not realize just how unsuitable a teacher the person who placed the advertisement is. Something similar is the case with science, and Biblical studies, and history, and many other [Read More...]

Scholarship in the Blogosphere

There are several interesting topics that I think I can bring together under this heading. First, Mark Goodacre has blogged about the strange experience of having a peer-reviewed journal article be written which interacts with a post on his blog! And so he raises the question of whether this is flattering or worrying, since often [Read More...]

Dinosaurs in a Classroom

There's a parable in this about an approach to education and assessment that doesn't take into account different personality types and learning styles, isn't there?   [Read more...]

SICCs: A Revolution in Education

Thanks to a friend who is a time traveler, I can share this interesting higher education news report he brought back from 2033: A recent study by education specialists could lead to a radical revolution in universities around the world. A multi-year study of a range of classes has discovered that a new approach, referred [Read More...]

Praising Academic Achievement FAIL

I spotted this at a local high school today: [Read more...]

A Letter from an Online Student

A friend shared with me a letter that a friend of his wrote, since he knew that I would soon be teaching a course online. Because I am persuaded that this individual’s experience is not unique, and that educators and institutions of higher education can learn from this, I am sharing the letter, with the [Read More...]


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