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James Shapiro goes after natural selection again (twice) on HuffPo

Jerry Coyne - Why Evolution Is True - 22 August 2012 Comments

I hate to give attention to my Chicago colleague James Shapiro’s bizarre ideas about evolution, which he publishes weekly on HuffPo rather than in peer-reviewed journals. His Big Idea is that...

TAGGED: EDUCATION

Oklahoma high school valedictorian denied diploma for using 'hell' in speech

NBC Staff - NBCNews.com - 21 August 2012 Comments

PRAGUE, Okla. – An Oklahoma high school valedictorian who was denied her diploma because she used the world “hell” in her commencement speech doesn’t plan to apologize for her choice of words,...

TAGGED: CENSORSHIP, EDUCATION

U.S. Should Adopt Higher Standards for Science Education

- - Scientific American - 09 August 2012 Comments

Americans have grown accustomed to bad news about student performance in math and science. On a 2009 study administered by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 15-year-olds...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, SCIENCE

Delhi Charter School: Stop Discriminating Against Pregnant Students!

Petition - change.org - 08 August 2012 Comments

As a former teen mom, I know how hard it is to stay in school and graduate on time when you're pregnant or taking care of a new baby. So I was shocked to learn that the Delhi Charter School in...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE

Parents shun school religion

Jewel Topsfield - The Age - 07 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Mike Sloan for the link The group representing parents in Victorian state schools has joined teachers in calling for controversial religious instruction classes to be scrapped...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, RELIGION

Acid attacks, poison: What Afghan girls risk by going to school

Allie Torgan - CNN - 06 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Godzacon for the link Terrorists will stop at nothing to keep Afghan girls from receiving an education. "People are crazy," said Razia Jan, founder of a girls' school...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, HARM

Religious education - should students have more choice?

Andrew Jones - The Guardian - 30 July 2012 Comments

Teacher Andrew Jones argues that students should help shape what is taught in RE and engage all the debates and ideas studied Should a childs' religion be labelled by that indoctrinated by...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, RELIGION

Stop Governor Jindal’s Creationist Voucher Program

Zack Kopplin - Repealing the Louisiana Science Education Act - 25 July 2012 Comments

Stop Governor Jindal’s Creationist Voucher Program Before Governor Romney  Takes it Nationwide Update: Superintendent White removed Eternity Christian Academy from this list, but the other...

TAGGED: CREATIONISM, EDUCATION

An 'atheistic, rationalist, secular humanist' speaks

Sheryl White - NZ Herald - 24 July 2012 Comments

Thanks to Mary Squire for the link Thank goodness for the "small minority" that "has recently been vociferous in its opposition to the widely supported programme of teaching of values from...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, SECULARISM

Free online course: Introduction to Genetics and Evolution

Dr. Mohamed Noor - Duke University - 20 July 2012 Comments

About the Course Introduction to Genetics and Evolution gives interested people a very basic overview of the principles behind these very fundamental areas of biology. We often hear about new...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EDUCATION, EVOLUTION

Rbutr finds contrary opinions for stories you’re reading

Tracie Powell - Poynter - 20 July 2012 Comments

Need to find a quick rebuttal to a news report or opinion piece you read online? There’s now an app for that. Introducing Rbutr.com , a new digital platform that uses crowdsourcing to provide...

TAGGED: DEBATE POINTS, EDUCATION, GENERAL INTEREST

Ending the Wedge

Adam Rutherford - New Humanist - 19 July 2012 Comments

There is a profoundly important point that is struggling to emerge from all the righteous indignation over creationism. When the news broke that three UK free schools with elements of creationist...

TAGGED: CREATIONISM, EDUCATION

Free School due to open in September 2012 will ‘teach creation as a scientific theory’

- - British Humanist Association - 17 July 2012 Comments

TAKE ACTION! Write  to your MP  and  to Michael Gove  to oppose the plans, and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do likewise. A Free School due to open in...

TAGGED: CREATIONISM, EDUCATION

Helping victims of a College Education

Gerard Murphy - Catholic monthly newspaper - 17 July 2012 Comments

ONE tragic side effect of modern education is that it leaves many young people more obtuse than they were when they first entered college or university. They end up with their B.A.s, Ph.D.s or...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Evolution? I don't believe it. Haven't you heard of Nessie?

Irena Barker - TES magazine - 10 July 2012 Comments

Thanks to Jonny Scaramanga for the link They confidently claim that the Loch Ness monster disproves Darwinism and that there is clear proof of creationism. But that has not stopped a set of...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, RELIGION, SCIENCE

Free iPad app: Evolution - Making Sense of Life

Carl Zimmer - iTunes - 08 July 2012 Comments

Science writer Carl Zimmer and evolutionary biologist Douglas Emlen have teamed up to write a textbook intended for biology majors that will inspire students while delivering a solid foundation...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, EVOLUTION

Richard Dawkins on Radio Ulster - Causeway centre gives creationist view

- - UTV - 06 July 2012 Comments

Update 6-Jul Richard Dawkins on BBC Radio Ulster with Wendy Austin Listen on BBC Radio Player You'll need to skip to 42:35 for the start of the section on the Giant's Causeway The...

TAGGED: CREATIONISM, EDUCATION, INTERVIEWS, RICHARD DAWKINS

The Opposite of Debunking

Kyle Hill - JREF - 05 July 2012 Comments

As a skeptic, I am faced with what I will call the “Debunker’s Dilemma.” Because there is such an incredible amount of misinformation, pseudoscience, and straight-up bunk out there, it appears that...

TAGGED: CRITICAL THINKING, EDUCATION

Not just chess: Atheists are organizing high school clubs, too

Kimberly Winston - Washington Post - 29 June 2012 Comments

High school kids can join the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Jewish Student Union, the Muslim Students Association and, in some schools, a Hindu or a Buddhist club. Now they can join the...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, SECULARISM

Anti-Science as a Political Platform

Steven Novella - NeurologicaBlog - 28 June 2012 Comments

This came to my attention through Orac at Respectful Insolence and I thought I would pig-pile on – the platform of the Texas Republican party. Mine is not a political blog and I will try to refrain...

TAGGED: EDUCATION