|October 7, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Education, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, science education|
At Classical Conversations: There has been a growing trend to say that Americans need less algebra education. In The Math Myth, Andrew Hacker argues that algebra and other upper-level high school mathematics like geometry and trigonometry are largely unnecessary for students and can even get in the way of students preparing for the life ahead […]
|October 1, 2017||Posted by News under Climate change, Culture, Education, Intelligent Design, Naturalism, science education|
A friend drew our attention to this: From a 2012 letter to Nature: Among egalitarian communitarians, science literacy and numeracy (as reflected in the composite scale Science literacy/numeracy) showed a small positive correlation with concern about climate change risks(r = 0.08, P = 0.03). In contrast, among hierarchical individualists, Science literacy/numeracy is negatively correlated with […]
|September 30, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Education, Intelligent Design, Naturalism, science education|
From Caitlin Drummond and Baruch Fischhoff, Individuals with greater science literacy and education have more polarized beliefs on controversial science topics at PNAS: Prior research has found that political and religious polarization over science and technology issues in the United States can be greater among individuals with more education and science knowledge. We examine that […]
|September 28, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Education, Intelligent Design, Science|
From R. Kelly Garrett at Phys.org: Where people differ is in how often they do so. A 2016 survey that my colleague Brian Weeks and I conducted found that 50.3 percent of all Americans agreed with the statement “I trust my gut to tell me what’s true and what’s not.” Some of those polled felt […]
|July 31, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Education, Intelligent Design, Psychology, Science|
From Adam Rogers at Wired: ADAM RUSSELL, AN anthropologist and program manager at the Department of Defense’s mad-science division Darpa, laughs at the suggestion that he is trying to build a real, live, bullshit detector. But he doesn’t really seem to think it’s funny. The quite serious call for proposals Russell just sent out on […]
|July 27, 2017||Posted by News under academic freedom, Education, Intelligent Design, Science|
Here is his report. If his testimony is accurate (and we expect it is), American taxpayers are funding the equivalent of a prison riot: No wonder Weinstein is suing. So where are the science organizations that should be supporting him? Communing with their shoes? Added: Note: Crash course for sci nerds: How political correctness morphed […]
|July 21, 2017||Posted by News under academic freedom, Culture, Education, Intellectual freedom, Naturalism, science education|
Just like Coulter and Yiannopoulos? From Hemant Mehta at Friendly Atheist: Richard Dawkins has a new collection of essays coming out next month in a book called Science in the Soul. Naturally, he’ll be visiting the U.S. on a book tour. One of the stops was going to be in Berkeley, California on August 9. […]
|July 21, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Education, Intelligent Design, Mathematics|
From Kayla Lattimore and Julie Depenbrock at NPR: Algebra is one of the biggest hurdles to getting a high school or college degree — particularly for students of color and first-generation undergrads. It is also the single most failed course in community colleges across the country. So if you’re not a STEM major (science, technology, […]
|June 25, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Education, Intelligent Design, Religion|
Bad news for Separation of Church and State lawyers. From Laura Geggel at LiveScience: Despite his criticism of intelligent design and creationism, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins told people at a science festival this past the weekend that he believes religious education is a key subject for schoolchildren. Dawkins, who is open about his atheism, said […]
A diagnostic and statistics manual for the End of Science! rent-a-riot against questioning Darwinism?
|May 8, 2017||Posted by News under Darwinism, Education, Evolution, Intelligent Design|
Recently, Barry Arrington noted Walter Myers III’s response to at Barbara Forrest, on the question of whether “ the success of science compels acceptance of metaphysical naturalism.” Her name keeps turning up, actually. A friend writes to note her endorsement of a new book, by Guillermo Paz-y-Mino-C and Avelina Espinosa, Measuring the Evolution Controversy – […]
|January 29, 2017||Posted by DLH under academic freedom, Adminstrative, Constitution, Education, Evolution, governance, Intelligent Design, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
Sir Isaac Newton once said, “In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.” The USA’s Founders required the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, including: make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; Yet now we have US Senators coercing government […]
|January 10, 2017||Posted by johnnyb under Education|
A lot of people have picked out what is broken in college, but I think perhaps a more core issue about college is a simpler one – that we are sending people to college immediately after high school.
|November 29, 2016||Posted by News under Education, Intelligent Design, science education|
First: So? From Rebecca Klein at Huffington Post: While running for governor of Michigan in 2006, Dick DeVos ― whose wife, Betsy, is now President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. secretary of education ― said that schools should have the option of teaching intelligent design alongside evolution. … To be sure, DeVos’ comments were made 10 […]
|May 19, 2016||Posted by News under Books of interest, Education, Mathematics|
It Takes Ganas: Jaime Escalante’s secret to inspired learning Great teachers are typically unknown beyond the immediate circle of their students, colleagues, and families. That was not the case with Jaime Escalante. Escalante taught calculus with outstanding success at Garfield High, in a tough Hispanic neighborhood of East Lost Angeles. Escalante’s success was portrayed in […]
|May 18, 2016||Posted by Barry Arrington under Culture, Education, Intelligent Design, Naturalism, science education|
In my law practice I often represent charter school applicants appealing local districts’ denial of their charter applications to the Colorado State Board of Education. Some years ago in one of these appeals a local district decided to support their case for denial by hiring an infamous advocacy firm masquerading as experts in education economics […]
|May 1, 2016||Posted by Jonathan M under Education|
Dr. Michael Behe is going to be presenting an interactive online webinar on May 7th (8pm GMT / 3pm Eastern / 2pm Central / 12noon Pacific) to my group, the Apologetics Academy (http://www.apologetics-academy.org). Behe will present on the biochemical evidence for design for approximately 1 hour and then field questions from the floor. I run […]
|March 11, 2016||Posted by News under Culture, Education, Mathematics, News, Philosophy, Science|
And literacy. From qz: Nine- and 10-year-old children in England who participated in a philosophy class once a week over the course of a year significantly boosted their math and literacy skills, with disadvantaged students showing the most significant gains, according to a large and well-designed study (pdf). More than 3,000 kids in 48 schools […]
|January 11, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Culture, Education, Philosophy, Science, Society|
Denyse’s recent post here on falsifiability tells me that we need more thought on this creature we call science and what it means for all of us, and especially the enterprise of knowledge.
|December 21, 2015||Posted by News under Culture, Darwinism, Education, Intelligent Design, Naturalism|
Recently, Evolution News & Views has been discussing the decade-old Dover case that, in my view, cleared the decks for serious discussions about Darwinism. No surprise, lots more people express doubts, now that the failing American school system is no longer an issue. West, a director at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture […]
|December 4, 2015||Posted by kairosfocus under academic freedom, Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Education, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
The core challenge being addressed (as we respond to abuse of a critical thinking curriculum) is the notion that belief in the reality of God is a culturally induced, poorly grounded commonplace notion. An easily dismissed cultural myth or prejudice, in short. Let us remind ourselves of the curriculum content used by teachers in a […]
And, let us ponder Peter as he faced death by sentence of Kangaroo Court on a false accusation of treasonous arson against Rome, c 65 AD:
2 Peter 1:13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body,[h] to stir you up by way of reminder, 14 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty . . . .
19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
In short, contrary to the false impression created by the authors of the curriculum in Texas, ethical theism in the Judaeo-Christian tradition is a reasonable faith and worldview stance, one to be treated with respect rather than their patent disdain.
And, of course, this post is open for responsible discussion. END