Isn’t school supposed to be good for you? Belief in the paranormal — from astrology to communicating with the dead — increases during college, rising from 23 percent among freshmen to 31 percent in seniors and 34 percent among graduate students. (hat tip: John Hawks) Believing in Aliens is one thing, but ghosts?
Should teachers be given more leeway? Yep. In schools today we place an incredible emphasis on success, perhaps to a fault. I will be the first to argue that every student and every teacher should experience genuine success on a regular basis. I will also be the first to argue that we as educational leaders… [Read More]
John Hawks points out that the majority of High School English Classes are devoid of any serious selections from non-fiction: I want to point out something else: scientific writing of the 1800’s (and I would add the 1700’s to this) is still broadly relevant today. Thoreau is often taught in high school, in a relatively… [Read More]
John Hawks discusses the trouble with the lack of Evolution teaching in High School Biology classes. What really does concern me is the absolute minimal amount of time that high school biology courses spend on evolution. Without evolution, biology really lacks any mechanism to talk about cause and variation — dissecting a fetal pig may… [Read More]