Monthly Archives: February 2011

I could not pass this up

I could not pass up this reported exchange between a U-Penn student and Newt Gingrich: Student: “… you’ve also been married three times and admitted to having an affair with your current wife while you were still married to your … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Religion

And on the Left?

It should be obvious to everyone that right-wing sentiment is hugely influential in America, that it has destroyed civil discourse and has trivialized important issues, that it is eating away at our democracy, and that it promotes hatred and violence … Continue reading

Posted in Politics

Problems teachers face

A teacher in Pennsylvania was suspended because she wrote in her blog that her (middle-class) students are “rude, disengaged, lazy whiners. They curse, discuss drugs, talk back, argue for grades, complain about everything, fancy themselves entitled to whatever they desire, … Continue reading

Posted in Education

Obama is some kind of conservative

Neither liberals nor conservatives want to hear the opinion that Obama is a conservative. Liberals want to believe that “their” president is on their side, and conservatives want to believe that Obama is a liberal anathema. But there is an … Continue reading

Posted in Politics

Creationism is anti-American

How should we think about the denial of evolution and the promotion of creationism? The answer should discomfit the deniers. Continue reading

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Myths concerning teaching and learning

Educators stumble from one unproven educational philosophy to another (and back), looking for the deus ex machina that will relieve them of the hard work of teaching and learning. As they wander about they tend to drag along several myths … Continue reading

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A failed experiment

The American experiment appears to be almost over. The once-great United States, the former model and inspiration for enlightened Western culture, is degenerating into a mass of ugly contradictions as it slides ever rightward, caving in to the selfishness and mean-spiritedness of ascendant conservatism. Continue reading

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