Genitalia Drawings Replaced with Images of Baby Animals in This Turkish Biology Textbook

In the U.S., we have battles over proper sex education.

In Turkey, they’re having battles when it comes to teaching kids about their own body parts.

A psychology expert who once ran a local teachers’ union realized that a page in a sixth-grade biology textbook that used to show anatomy-book drawings of genitalia is no longer there:

In the new version of the book, genitalia have only been drawn on the cell level, while the reproduction chapter has been “evaded” with photos of a mother and a baby, as well as cute animals such as polar bears, he added.

Tunalı also claimed that the same section is now being taught “shortly, superficially and in a slapdash manner.”



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Doctor Who Says Cancer Patients Can “Heal Themselves” Through Diet and Attitude Exposed by CBC

Several months ago, I posted about Makayla Sault (below), an 11-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The disease is treatable with two years of tough chemotherapy and has a nearly 90% survival rate… but Makayla no longer wanted to continue the chemo and her Ojibwe/First Nations parents were more than happy to oblige, seeking out useless faith-based treatments instead.

Makayla was allowed to quit the chemo, but we learned in October that her condition had worsened.

And to make the issue even more on the forefront of people’s minds, it turned out another First Nations girl was in the same position — she would benefit from chemo, but she didn’t want to go through with it for cultural reasons.

Now, the CBC has discovered that the Florida doctor treating Makayla (and many others) may not even be qualified to provide care:

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It Doesn’t Make Sense for This Colorado High School to Ban a Student Prayer Group

At the high school I used to work at, when I first began teaching there, I was amazed to learn that one period each day was considered an “optional” period for students. They could take another class if they wanted, but it was really free time when they could clear their minds, get academic help from teachers who were available that period, catch up with their friends, or study in the library. For many students, it was a nice break from an otherwise stressful day. And it was a really neat thing to see teachers (who were assigned to monitor the students) chatting with kids about what was going on in and out of school. What a novel way to build up a great community and establish rapport between students and teachers. (Our district eventually eliminated that period for understandable reasons, but it was still disappointing.)

That’s what I believe officials at Pine Creek High School near Colorado Springs had in mind with their “seminar” period.



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Curt Schilling Defends Creationism on Twitter

For some reason, retired baseball star Curt Schilling decided to argue with people on Twitter about evolution yesterday. (Which is really where all academic debates should take place.)

Too bad the man with three World Series rings took on the role of Kirk Cameron:



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The Story of Samson is Weirder Than I Thought

DarkMatters2525 tells the story of Judges 14 featuring a Schwarzenegger-esque Samson:



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