California Educator Will Stop Showing the Bill Nye/Ken Ham Debate in Class After Being Reprimanded

Last week, we learned that high school science teacher Brandon Pettenger of Arroyo Grande High School in California was showing students the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate in class, in addition to having them summarize blog posts on Creationist websites.

[caption width="550" align="alignnone"]This doesn’t belong in a science class[/caption]

Pettenger said he did this in order to “present both sides of the argument” to students — as if one form of anti-evolution nonsense takes precedence over all the others.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science teamed up to write a letter to the District objecting to this backdoor approach to teaching Creationism.

I’m happy to say that the District took swift action in putting a stop to it:

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John Oliver: Dr. Oz is the “Worst Person in Scrubs Who Has Ever Been on Television”

Last night, John Oliver went after Dr. Oz and his pathetic “response” to critics.



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Media Outlets Backtrack on Their Reporting After Famed Wellness “Guru” Belle Gibson Admits Cancer Hoax

Retractions on Internet news sites have been quite the common sight for the last few days in the wake of a shocking admission of a hoax that’s shaken the alternative health community. Will the media finally start paying more attention to skeptics who saw this coming?

Until last month, 23-year-old Australian Belle Gibson (above) was the world’s latest darling of wellness woo and holistic healing. Gibson was renowned for her claim that she was successfully treating her terminal brain cancer with veganism, yoga, and “detoxing,” after stopping chemotherapy in disgust. In just two years, she became an international media star and millionaire, thanks to Apple, who helped market her Whole Pantry app and nominated it for App of the Year; Penguin Books, who published The Whole Pantryl and a host of major media outlets.

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California Educator Showed the Bill Nye/Ken Ham Debate in Class To Teach Students “Both Sides of the Argument”

There are plenty of ways to teach evolution in a high school science class. And Brandon Pettenger of Arroyo Grande High School in California doesn’t seem to know any of them.

He thought it would be appropriate to watch the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate in the classroom… and then have his students summarize blog posts on Creationist websites.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science teamed up to write a letter to the District objecting to the teaching of nonsense:

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What Do Anti-Vaxxers Have to Say About the Latest Study Debunking Their Beliefs?

A major new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on Tuesday, found no connection between the MMR vaccine and autism, even in high-risk kids.

But until someone gets a statement from Jenny McCarthy, let’s see what the Onion‘s panelists have to say:



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