Tennessee School Officials Post Ten Commandments in County Schools

The school officials in Jamestown, Tennessee have a problem. Actually, they *had* a problem. Then they fixed the problem. Then they decided they didn’t like the solution so they screwed everything up again. I’ll back up. Pine Haven Elementary school used to display the Ten Commandments everywhere: “As far as I know, there was one [Read More...]

My Episode of the Ask An Atheist Podcast Is Now Online

I taped an episode of the excellent Ask An Atheist podcast last week and it’s finally up — lots of fun conversations about math education, high school atheist groups, and Republicans in Texas. Have a listen! [Read more...]

High School Teacher Bragged About Stopping Atheist Club From Forming, but He Won’t Be an Obstacle Anymore

A few weeks ago, I shared a story about a high school teacher who sent the Secular Student Alliance a strange letter referencing the SSA’s Educators’ Brochure (PDF). Here’s an excerpt from his letter: It was from one of those students that I received this brochure. Not surprisingly, they could not get a teacher to [Read More...]

Bobby Jindal Would Make An Awful Vice President, Say People Who Support Science and Reality

Mitt Romney will soon have to pick someone to run for Vice President with him… and if he wants to appeal to his base, he pretty much has to pick the least scientifically intelligent person out there. Cue Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal — someone who probably understands science, but fights against it to score political [Read More...]

Why Algebra is Necessary: Rebutting Andrew Hacker

I teach Geometry. I’ve taught it for years. I’ll have two sections of it this year. Probably 65 kids. Every year that I’ve taught the subject, kids have freaked out at the mere mention of the word “Proof.” Without actually knowing what they are or how to do them, they want to give up immediately. [Read More...]


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