Tag Archive for education

Continuing miseducation on Bigfoot

Community and small local colleges typically provide non-credit continuing education courses for the locals at low cost. As I’ve written about previously, it’s often art or history classes, computer training, those sorts of things. But also frequently offered are “classes” on paranormal nonsense like “How to develop your psychic powers,” “Ghost Hunting 101,” and “Tarot Reading”.…

15 Credibility Street #5: UFOs over Turkey and I ain’t too surprised

We’re back with another news chat episode. The news is weird, as usual. Strange days indeed… Mothman reappears close to the 50th anniversary. Howard suspects pecuniary interests might be involved in the promotion of these local legends. The same can be suggested for the many YouTubers and websites that promote “weird news” like anomalies, natural…

Continue, we must: US needs critical thinking advocates to step up and be heard

The DN/15 Credibility Street crew took a break yesterday because writing and talking about most things besides the election results seemed frivolous. We postponed our scheduled recording of the podcast because we weren’t in the right frame of mind, but by the end of the day, I saw many of the dejected pick themselves up,…

Whoa, Canada – Don’t go all ‘murica on us

Our regular commentator Terry writes: Up here in Ontario we are having a debate in our provincial legislature about revised sex education standards. It turned ugly, with a couple conservative members dabbling in homophobic innuendo and anti-evolution remarks. The new sex ed standards would have riled conservative regardless, owing to their distrust of government handling…

Baloney degree school goes bankrupt

Here’s a lovely bit of good news! American Medical College of Homeopathy in Phoenix files for bankruptcy, closes doors – Phoenix Business Journal. The American Medical College of Homeopathy has filed Chapter 7 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and closed its doors. “The need for closure as I understand had nothing to do with the…

Psychic kicks off plan to “teach” telepathy and psychokinesis in 500 public schools

The Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics recently hired a psychic to deliver his first in a program series for high school students designed to help them “reflect on their beliefs, values, and purpose”. Bronx School Hires Psychic to Build Kids’ Self-Esteem – Claremont – DNAinfo.com New York. Mentalist and mind reader Gerard Senehi recently partnered…

Pseudoscience techniques rampant in schools because they sound like quick fixes

A skeptical parapsychologists tells it like it is at an education conference – teachers embrace nonsense learning ideas because quick fixes are appealing. Long-term meaningful changes are hard. ‘Pseudoscience has nested in schools’ – news – TES. When Nick Rose worked as a parapsychologist, his job was to investigate why people believed they had been…

Ohio lawmakers lack science education, want to be sure everyone else does too

Once again, nonscientists are dictating how to do science. They are mistaken. And they have an agenda. Ohio lawmakers want to limit the teaching of the scientific process. The bill, currently under consideration by the Ohio Assembly, is intended to revoke a previous approval of the Common Core educational standards, which target math and literacy.…

Students asked exam question about Bigfoot

Rather odd way of phrasing this question, not sure I agree it was good. Common core exam includes question about Bigfoot. After reading an excerpt about a mud fossil and an analysis of mysterious hair samples that suggest the existence of a Sasquatch, students were asked: “Which detail from the article best supports the claim…

Animal Planet and Discovery channels make MONSTROUS missteps for Monster Week

Last week was Monster Week on Animal Planet. This weekend is Monster Weekend on Discovery Channel. (The two channels are affiliated under the Discovery Network). I came across a series of stories today that relate to these Discovery Channel/Animal Planet offerings. I decided to put them all together. From the past offerings of a dubious…

Scientology-affliated Narconon still allowed in California schools

The San Francisco Chronicle has an expose piece on Scientology-based Narconon program slithering back into California schools. Narconon: Misleading antidrug program back in public schools – SFGate. Despite the state’s warning in 2005, dozens of California public schools have welcomed Narconon into their classrooms. “Students now have a broad understanding of drug addiction, its consequences,…

Student assignment on Holocaust denial sparks appropriate public outrage

A GIGANTIC mistake by teachers in a California 8th grade classroom where the students were given an assignment on Holocaust denial. EXCLUSIVE: Rialto Unified defends writing assignment on confirming or denying Holocaust. The Rialto Unified School District is defending an eighth-grade assignment that asks students to debate in writing whether the Holocaust was “merely a…

AP poll has experts lamenting science literacy – It’s more complicated

Should we be surprised by this? No, I’m not. Disappointed, maybe. But, we should be used to these results by now. Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own…

Tinted windows in Zambia means you’re a Satanist

Villagers rioted and acused teachers in a local school of practicing Satanism. Mpika villagers accuse teachers of satanism. OVER two hundred villagers from Mapoma and surrounding areas in chief Kopa’s area on Wednesday rioted and threatened to beat up teachers at Mapoma Basic School, accusing them of practising Satanism. Sinkamba said the villagers started accusing…