Once Again, I Don’t Support the Dismissal of an Anti-Gay Teacher

I feel like I just posted about this… but it’s happened again. A Christian teacher at a public high school wrote about her anti-gay-rights bigotry on Facebook and people are calling for her to be fired. When Jerry Buell did it, I defended him and argued that he had every right to say what he [Read More...]

Answer to That Crazy Math Problem…

Some of you wanted to know how to solve the math problem I posted yesterday. Here’s my worked out solution! Hope it makes sense [Read more...]

Starting a College Atheist Club in 20 Steps

Reading so many stories about religious or conservative colleges resisting the approval of an atheist club, I noticed what seems to be a pattern of 20 steps: Club applies to college Administration for approval. Silence for several weeks. Club inquires about application. Admin. says the deadline has passed for this semester. Club resubmits application early. [Read More...]

The Craziest Problem I’ve Had My Students Solve This Year…

***Update***: The solution is posted here. … I don’t post nearly enough about teaching high school math (my day job) on this page. And since I’m giving more public talks about education these days, might as well write about it here, too Last month, after some of my honors’ students learned about composite functions, I [Read More...]

How Did the Jessica Ahlquist Hearing Go?

Jason Bachand was at today’s trial and he breaks down his experience for us. (If you want more background on the story, check out this post.) I love this bit: At one point, Judge Lagueux interrupted [defense counsel Joseph Cavanagh, Jr.'s] remarks to ask: “What if [the banner] had been written to the Great Buddha?” [Read More...]