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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Teach the Hilarious Controversies

From Bad Reporter on Go Comics [Read more...]

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...]

SB 89 Creationism Bill Vote in Indiana Senate Monday

I received this e-mail from the NCSE, which I assume the author will not mind me reproducing here in order to get the word out as quickly and effectively as possible: Dear Indiana NCSE members and friends, As you probably know Senate Bill 89, which would permit the teaching of “creation science” in Indiana science [Read More...]

Rick Santorum’s Educational Hypocrisy

Lots of people have mentioned Rick Santorum’s outrageous anti-education statement. He said, “It’s no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go college…the indoctrination that occurs in American universities is one of the keys to the left holding and maintaining power in America. And it is indoctrination.”  I particularly appreciated Steve Wiggins’ comments, which highlight [Read More...]

Petition Against Indiana’s Creationism Bill, Senate Bill 89

Most have probably already heard the news that the proposed creationism bill was approved by the education committee (the bill’s author chairs the committee, so not too much surprise there). This need not mean that it becomes a law when the senate votes on it. A petition has been created to express opposition to the [Read More...]