Tag Archive for education

Tide turning: Getting complementary therapies out of university education system

Complementary medicine courses in universities: how I beat the varsity quacks The teaching of complementary medicine has no place in British universities, says David Colquhoun. What would you think if your child went off to university to be taught that amethyst crystals “emit high yin energy”? Or that cancer can be cured by squirting coffee…

Haverhill College offering ghost hunting course

Hunting ghosts in Groveland is latest college course offering -The Boston Globe. Ghost hunting is now among class offerings at Haverhill college Ghost hunting – regardless of whether you’re a believer, a skeptic, or indifferent – has its own unique methodology, requiring both sophisticated technology and otherworldly tools, along with analysis, deduction, calculations, and the…

Indiana Senate committee ignores reason, endorses Creationism

Ind. Senate panel votes to let schools teach creationism An Indiana Senate committee on Wednesday endorsed teaching creationism in public schools, despite pleas from scientists and religious leaders to keep religion out of science classrooms. Senate Bill 89 allows school corporations to authorize “the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life” and specifically…

Cuts in University-sponsored complementary medicine in the U.K. hailed by advocates for science

Lie back and relax: reflexology and aromatherapy degrees are dropped – Telegraph. Degrees in complementary medical therapies are being cut from universities in the wake of rising tuition fees, a decline in applications and campaigns by scientists. From this year, it will no longer be possible to study homoeopathy to degree level in a British university.…

Kentucky on track to be the state with poor higher education but a big Bible theme park

Which do you think benefits the state more? A sound higher education system or a religious theme park? Kentucky Gov. Cuts Education Funding While Preserving Tax Breaks For Biblically-Themed Amusement Park | ThinkProgress. When Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) proposed his 2012-2013 budget this week, he admitted that it was “inadequate for the needs” of…

Climate change resistance in science education, and a welcome new NCSE initiative

Climate change becomes a flash point in science education|LA Times. A flash point has emerged in American science education that echoes the battle over evolution, as scientists and educators report mounting resistance to the study of man-made climate change in middle and high schools. Although scientific evidence increasingly shows that fossil fuel consumption has caused…

Rileygate ends: Time to move forward and be constructive

Posting under the categories of skeptical activism and critical thinking, I consider this news because it has been a hot topic in “the skeptical community” (however you wish to define that – the group of people that have common topic interests, frequents certain websites, attends particular types of events, reads specific publications, shares a similar…

School holds psychic fundraiser

Psychic Visits Bayport-Blue Point. Residents have the chance to hear a psychic’s predictions of the future at the Bayport-Blue Point PTSA fundraiser, An Evening with Psychic Jeffrey Wands. Bayport-Blue Point’s Parent-Teacher-Student Association is hopeful this event will raise a significant amount of money for student scholarships, a PTSA member said, and added that a Patchogue-Medford…

Gender gap in math is bogus. Cultures that deemphasize educating girls hurt themselves.

Study Debunks Myths About Gender and Math Performance A major study of recent international data on school mathematics performance casts doubt on some common assumptions about gender and math achievement — in particular, the idea that girls and women have less ability due to a difference in biology. “We tested some recently proposed hypotheses that…

Go to university and refuse to learn? Maybe you are in the wrong place

Muslim medical students boycotting lectures on evolution… because it ‘clashes with the Koran’ Professors at University College London have expressed concern over the increasing number of biology students boycotting lectures on Darwinist theory, which form an important part of the syllabus, citing their religion. Similar to the beliefs expressed by fundamentalist Christians, Muslim opponents to…

Generous gift to McGill Univ to continue fight against snake oil salesmen

Dr. Joe serves notice to quacks. Charlatans and quacks beware – Joe Schwarcz has an extra $5.5 million to help put you out of business. And, mark his words – the man behind McGill University’s renowned Office for Science and Society won’t rest until every bottle of Goji juice, every ounce of mistletoe extract and…

Spanish study says public lacks critical reasoning of multimedia messages

Informed Citizens? Spaniards’ Capacity for Analyzing Audiovisual Messages Is Very Low, Study Suggests The purpose of the study was to be able to infer whether or not citizens have sufficient knowledge and capacity to manage, analyze, participate in and evaluate different aspects related to the multimediated context in which they live. This is especially relevant,…

The JREF awards grants to two educators to address popular pseudoscientific beliefs

Recipients of 2011 JREF Grants for Educators. The James Randi Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the latest recipients of funding through our Grants for Educators Program. The JREF is proud to provide support for two exciting projects this year, out of many worthwhile applicants. The awards went to: Brian Barnes of the University of Louisville is developing…

JREF blasts Anderson Cooper show; Skeptic voice omitted

JREF Decries ‘Anderson’ Episode Featuring Psychic Medium John Edward The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF), a non-profit organization that provides the public with reliable, scientific information about paranormal claims, criticized Anderson Cooper’s new daytime talk show ‘Anderson’ for yesterday’s episode promoting self-proclaimed psychic medium John Edward. John Edward has made his fortune by using manipulative…

“No Dinosaurs in Heaven” at NY Academy of Sciences Oct 25

NO DINOSAURS IN HEAVEN  SCREENS AT NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES: KEEPING SCIENCE IN AND CREATIONISM OUT OF OUR NATION’S SCHOOLS NO DINOSAURS IN HEAVEN, a new documentary from Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Greta Schiller, explores the real threat of creationists getting teaching credentials in order to infiltrate science education. The film will screen on October 25,…