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March 18, 2017
What Math Says (And Doesn’t Say) About God’s Existence
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September 17, 2016
This Question on a Math Test is Really Homophobic (Also, I Solved It)
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April 01, 2016
The Battle Over What Students Should Be Taught in Their Math Classes Rages On
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March 14, 2016
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March 11, 2016
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The Putnam County Board of Education in West Virginia will have two open seats in...
March 10, 2016
The “Common Core” Nanny Doesn’t Understand Subtraction
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March 03, 2016
Algebra is Still Important and Andrew Hacker is Still Wrong
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January 11, 2016
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January 08, 2016
According to a Creationist Video, 3 + 3 = 6 is Somehow Proof of God’s Existence
In the latest episode of Creation Today (which I'm sure you all binge-watch), host Eric...
December 05, 2015
A Musical Battle of the Sciences
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October 22, 2015
Sometimes, Estimating is Better Than Getting the Exact Answer
People ask me why I keep writing posts about math. Mainly, it's because I care...
October 21, 2015
Why Would a Math Teacher Punish a Child for Saying 5 x 3 = 15?
What's 5 x 3? How about 4 x 6? You might think those are simple...
September 30, 2015
This is How Anti-Abortion Groups Lie with Statistics
Over the past several years, Planned Parenthood has increased the raw number of abortions it...
September 21, 2015
The Dad Who Wrote a Check Using “Common Core” Math Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About
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September 20, 2015
Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 73: Dr. Keith Devlin, Mathematics Communicator and Author
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March 17, 2015
It’s Worth Taking a Full Minute to Learn How to Add 9 and 6: A Response to the “Common Core” Critics
Quick: What's 99 + 47? No calculators. It's 146. Of course it's 146. You know...
February 16, 2015
It’s Every Math Teacher’s Dream…
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October 23, 2014
Six Reasons the PhotoMath App Isn’t As Cool As You Think It Is
By now, you've probably seen the amazing video about an app called PhotoMath. Once you...
October 01, 2014
This is How You Do “Common Core” Subtraction
Erick Erickson, the editor of the conservative website RedState, is furious because of the way...
June 15, 2014
I Guess Math is Harder Than a Mixed-Faith Relationship…
According to Dale McGowan, author of the forthcoming book In Faith and In Doubt (about...
May 28, 2014
This is What Happens When Headline Writers Don’t Know Their Statistics
Last week, the Pew Research Center released a survey showing that being an atheist was...
May 25, 2014
5 Lessons from a Christian Counting Workbook
Some advice for PR people: If you send me an email asking me if I...
May 12, 2014
What in the Blazes Is Going On With These Graphs?
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May 11, 2014
To Those Students Who Wonder: “When Am I Ever Going to Use This In Life?”
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March 11, 2014
David Barton: More Christians Died for Their Faith in 2013 Than the Previous 2,000 Years Combined. The Math Disagrees
We already know Christian pseudo-historian David Barton's research skills are as strong as his math...
March 07, 2014
About That ‘Common Core’ Math Problem Making the Rounds on Facebook…
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February 22, 2014
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There are legitimate reasons people might oppose Common Core, a national set of standards that...
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