Fads, Fancies And Follies In Education – A Book Recommendation And A Talk

Firstly – to clear up a few misconceptions about my blog. If you read my blog (as in, Token Skeptic on the FreeThought Blogs network) – it’s my blog that registers the hits. And the revenue that you get from reading my blog? I use it to fund my podcast. It pretty much balances out, and that’s fine by me – c’est la vie.

Feel free to check out other blogs or other networks or independent bloggers or news-sites or whatever if you so wish; there’s links that I promote or even links that I don’t promote (such as “OMG, did you see what Sylvia Browne is advertising now on such-and-such, I can’t believe it, here’s a link if you have the stomach…actually, here’s a much nicer link to something cute“).

It’s up to you and I’m always looking for new interviewees and projects to support with my show – thanks to everyone who makes suggestions; I never would have come across some fabulous people otherwise.


I’m up early to return a book to the library on the other side of the city and thus avoid the morning traffic – you know when it’s physically painful to return a book to the library because you found it so useful and when you lost it on a plane on the way to Berlin you were devastated and you did a dance in the Lost and Found office at Tegel when they discovered it on British Airways and you did about a dozen Tweets to their head office telling them that their staff are live-savers? That.

This is probably why British Airways had difficulty keeping a straight face around me on the way back to Heathrow. Just a suspicion.

So, here it is the book I highly recommend: The Positive Side of Special Education: Minimizing Its Fads, Fancies, And Follies, by Kenneth A Kavale and Mark P Mostert.

And I did a talk in Berlin and all I can think of is how I like other people’s talks more than mine and I have said so before… and I’m not the best critic of my own work – so huge, tremendous thanks to the World Skeptics Congress… and I’m off to return a book.

About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a former Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide. She regularly presents a news and current affairs show on RTRFM's The Mag (tune in on Tuesdays!).
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science. She files her nails while they drag the lake.