Tag Archive for education

What to do when the sub spouts crazy conspiracies in class

I’m thinking there may be rules against recording in class but I would have done the same. These kids seemed pretty sharp to catch this and question. Substitute teacher taped spouting BIZARRE conspiracy theories in high school physics class – Yahoo News. A student at a public, taxpayer-funded high school in Michigan has clandestinely filmed…

Texas Board of Education passes improved rules for textbook review

A very positive step! Laredo Morning Times – Texas board approves textbook review rule changes. The Texas Board of Education imposed tighter rules Friday on the citizen review panels that scrutinize proposed textbooks, potentially softening fights over evolution, religion’s role in U.S. history and other ideological matters that have long seeped into what students learn…

Are you a “loser” for being anti-vax?

Some people have decent intentions and just blow that all to pieces. Mom says nurse called her baby a ‘loser’ | WWLP.com. A South Carolina mother is outraged after a nurse at a children’s hospital left a nasty note she says is about her baby. The mom says the note referred to the sick child…

Someone needs to tell Texas textbook reviewers what “critical thinking” is

Because they have some warped and insane ideas about it. Recall that we told you about anti-science sentiment in Texas over selection of science textbooks. Here is an update. Creationists on Texas Panel for Biology Textbooks – NYTimes.com. As Texas gears up to select biology textbooks for use by high school students over the next…

Scotland has teacher trouble too

The U.S. apologizes for spreading ridiculous behavior across the ocean. Calls for probe into creationist physics teacher | Herald Scotland. A PARENT has called for action to be taken by a school after a teacher allegedly told a science class evolution was “not proven”. Adrian Smales says he was shocked when his daughter told him…

Scientology smoothed over on The View

Jaden Smith,15-yr old actor, son of Scientologist and actor Will Smith, created a dustup about dropping out of school. This prompted this discussion on Barbara Walters’ TV show, The View, where she sounds like she defends Scientology teaching. Again, Barbara Walters Jumps to the Defense of Scientology and Its Celebrity Adherents on ABC | NewsBusters.…

Texas and Kentucky are in denial

Here’s a quick roundup from the National Center for Science Education on evolution/creationism/denialism news. Textbooks under attack in Texas | NCSE. Ideologues on official state textbook review teams are attacking the treatment of evolution and climate change in science textbooks under consideration in Texas, charged the Texas Freedom Network and the National Center for Science…

Ghost hunters teach kids mistaken ideas about “science of the paranormal”

My pet peeve – ghost hunters playing pretend scientist. Ghost hunters to present program for kids at Clymer Library, Pocono Pines | PoconoRecord.com. Watching ghost hunting television shows might help eak the interest of paranormal experiences for some kids. But what you see on TV isn’t always how it really is behind the scenes. A…

Mass hysteria sex ed

A case of stress triggered a mass reaction in a school. These things happen. Six kids collapse in sex education class – The Local. There was some distress in the classroom as a number of children collapsed after they were asked to colour in pictures of sexual organs while learning about human reproduction. A biology…

New petition to ban teaching against evolution

A new petition has appeared at the White House petition site to ban religious-based “science” instruction. Ban Creationism and Intelligent Design in the science classroom as federal law. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government. Since Darwin’s groundbreaking theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, scientists all around the world have found monumental amounts…

Parents taking advantage of vaccine exemptions

Excemptions are contributing to the rise in pertussus. Vaccine exemptions rising, tied to whooping cough | Reuters. The number of New York parents who had their child skip at least one required vaccine due to religious reasons increased over the past decade, according to a new study. What’s more, researchers found counties with high religious…

Manufacturing evolution controversy – trying to squeeze nonsense into Ohio schools

Amazing that school boards still attempt to insert religious agendas into education. An Ohio district board is being warned, these proposals are a really bad idea. Creationism creates stir in Springboro School board defends… | www.mydaytondailynews.com. Local parents and the American Civil Liberties Union urged the Springboro school board on Thursday to abandon plans to…

Get a masters of SCIENCE degree in… something… online

Science… yeah… Holistic Health College Adds Four New Fully Accredited Master Degree Programs | ACHS. Last week, American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) announced its four new fully online holistic nutrition, aromatherapy, and herbal medicine Master of Science degree programs open to students with Bachelor of Science degrees in all disciplines. YOU! Yes, YOU can…

Bigfoot in science class – that’s a problem

John Pedersen has a 7-foot-tall sasquatch in his middle school classroom. Bigfoot researcher donates to middle school classroom | KTVB.COM Boise. Pedersen says he uses the creature to teach kids about ecology and scientific possibilities. What’s more, he now says Idaho State University Professor Dr. Jeff Meldrum, who is a bigfoot researcher, saw KTVB’s story…

A harsh lesson in Community Immunity

Western PA school district gets tough with kids who lack varicella vaccination. Norwin High School students to miss prom over chickenpox vaccination | Westmoreland Co. News – WTAE Home. It’s the time for senior prom, the countdown to the last day of school and for graduation. But at Norwin High School, 33 students were told…