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National Adjunct Walkout Day

If colleges and universities, who claim to offer us paths to self-improvement, continue to provide exploitation instead, an advanced degree may soon come to be regarded as the mark of a fool rather than as a sign of wisdom. Today is National Adjunct Walkout Day. […]

Republican Districts, Democratic Districts: How are they Different? (How are they Not?)

One of the best features of the newfangled Internet connectivity in our society is the ability of everyday citizens like you and me to take the data powerful governments, corporations and political parties have quietly accessed for decades and use it ourselves to answer driving questions we might have. Over the last few weeks I’ve […]

How Republicans Feel About The Common Core And What They Know About The Common Core

Republican rants against the Common Core tend to take on the tone of opposition to “standardized testing” and “computers”, as if the best way to educate children is to give them non-standardized tests and to deprive them of all new technology. […]

Are the Real Cures being Hidden because there’s No Money in Alternative Medicine? (Fact Check)

If you spend enough time in alternative medicine forums, you’ll hear a claim like the one William made here today:

“There are cures for Cancer out there but big PHARMA is spending billions to prove that there isnt….because the cures there is no big bucks in natural cures. It all comes down to MONEY…MONEY….MONEY.”

Is […]

Government Subsidy Of Community College Tuition, Compared To Top Corporate Welfare

Even if the number of community college students doubled in response to government payment of tuition, the federal government would save $64.6 billion dollars every year if it took corporations off the dole and paid the way for workers seeking to increase their productivity through community college instead. […]

The Benefits Of Religion, In The News

We see with the case of the Child Evangelism Fellowship that religion helps children to gain a sense of purpose in their lives – and to force that sense of purpose on other children. […]

Raising a Joyous Oddball? Check Out Learning Unlimited and Splash In

Raising a teenager who takes more joy in set design and coding and tropes than in playing soccer or cruising the popularity circuit or being voted King of the Prom, I would like to say that I found the perfect experience for him later this month in MIT’s SPLASH program. For just $40 (or free […]

Pushy Christians In Orange County, Florida Open The Door To Satanists

It’s a move designed to show the absurdity of allowing religious groups to distribute their propaganda in public schools. However, Orange County, Florida Christian groups don’t seem to be getting the message.

The Satanic Temple has demanded equal access to Orange County public schools for their own material, a coloring book with the title, the […]

Middle School Kids: Stuck in a Home School Rut? Try a bit of Code.Org

Every day, it seems more and more kids in the crucial middle school years are in the middle of a home schooling situation. Are you one of those kids? Maybe it’s because your parents are so zealous that they don’t want you to hear about ideas outside the family religion. Maybe it’s because you left […]

LePage, Education and the NEA: Why Mischaracterize to Criticize?

When I picked up copy of the latest NEA Higher Education Advocate, I came across this snippet regarding Maine Governor Paul LePage in an article titled “The 10 Worst Governors:”

The placement of LePage’s quote next to a description of education cuts suggests a particular meaning for the quote: that Governor LePage wants kids […]

Can Secular Homeschoolers Escape The Weird Majority In The Homeschooling Movement?

When most people think of homeschoolers, a particular image comes to mind: A Christian mother who is intent on making sure that her children don’t learn about the scientific theory of biological evolution through natural selection, or birth control, or climate change, or PG-13 movies.

Christian homeschoolers tend to suck all the air out of […]