What Would You Want Young Atheists to Know?

Some of the students at my high school are planning to start a Secular Student Alliance group next year (Their idea, not mine, though I’m honored to be their sponsor). We met yesterday to talk about what they’d like to do with such a group, what goals they have, etc. Among other things, they said [Read More...]

Those Awful Science Textbooks

One thing we know about the Creation Museum’s Ken Ham is that he pays very careful attention to science textbooks. He wants to make sure home-schooled Christian families have only the best resources for their kids. We took some photographs (this is just a small sample) of the sorts of materials being sold at these [Read More...]

AP Must Stand for Annoying Prayers…

Over the past couple weeks, many students at my high school (and others across the country) took their Advanced Placement exams. Because they need absolutely silence — and because we don’t have enough space for all our students to take the more popular tests in a quiet environment — they took certain exams in other [Read More...]

Teacher Suspended Because He Made Students Think

Back in high school, my English teacher had us read excerpts from Ecclesiastes. Not because it was religious in nature, but because it was a wonderful piece to analyze and discuss. With younger students, it’s harder to get them to have serious discussions about literature, so some teachers try to analyze different things. Like song [Read More...]

The Problem with the Scientology Curriculum? It’s Not Christian Enough

The other day, I mentioned how Illinois was considering adopting Scientology’s “Good Choices Program” into public schools. Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, was advocating for the program developed by her non-profit group Happy House. Illinois hasn’t accepted or rejected the program just yet, but I was pleased to see the Illinois Family Institute [Read More...]