Category Archive: school

Aug 03 2012

Purdue welcomes new students with a dose of religious privilege


Going off to college is an exciting time. For many students, it’s the first time in their life that they’ll be far away from friends and family. That independence is awesome, but it also means you’re trying to awkwardly adapt to your new home, make new friends, and fit in. Universities often try to make …

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Jun 16 2012

Fixing Math Education – or – How I Learned to Stop Lecturing and Love the Common Core Standards


This is a guest post by Mark Webster, continuing his tradition of guest posting for me during Blogathon. He is a graduate of Purdue University from the School of Science in the field of Mathematics Education and is currently a High School Mathematics Teacher in Indiana. Please note that the author is representing general trends …

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Jun 16 2012

How would you reform education in the US?

Sometimes I wish that when it comes to the institution of education in the US, we could just wipe the slate clean. I know that’s impossible, and that you have to work with the existing infrastructure and culture to make gradual progress. But if I could start from scratch and design a new educational system, …

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Nov 29 2011

In other Harry Potter news…

My alma matre, Purdue University, won the Quidditch World Cup in their division! Woooooooooooooooo, go Purdue! Boiler up! What’s that? How’s our football team doing? What’s the upcoming basketball season looking like? Hell if I know.

Oct 03 2011

Support Freethought Blogs by helping teachers and their students

Donors Choose is an amazing charity that helps fund projects for public school classrooms across the US. The fact that we need such a charity to make sure our children receive a proper education is depressing. Some classrooms, especially in areas with high poverty, don’t have the money to provide supplies as basic as pencils …

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Jul 28 2011

My interview with Teen Skepchick

My interview with Mindy of Teen Skepchick is now online for your viewing pleasure. We focus a lot on my journey from atheism to desperate spirituality back to atheism throughout my childhood, thoughts for students and student leaders, art, sex, and a pep talk for young scientists. Some stuff I haven’t really blogged about here …

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Jul 07 2011

Indiana does something right for a change!

They’re no longer requiring students to be taught cursive writing in public schools. Instead, students will learn to be proficient at typing. The smug 5th grader in me wants to write my former teacher and say, “Ha! So much for ‘You need to know this if you want to get into college. You’ll have to …

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Mar 27 2011

Another quarter has started

Which means I’ll be geeking away with new classes! Proteomics – This will be interesting, mainly because I know nothing about it. Well, I mean, I know what proteins are, but I’m not familiar studying them in a large-scale way. We’ll see how it goes. Introduction to Statistical Genomics – Just an introductory statistics course, …

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Dec 28 2010

Nifty new video about the Secular Student Alliance

I command you to watch it. And if my decree is not enough motivation, you should totally watch it because it has cameos by Richard Dawkins, Brian Dalton (Mr. Deity), and Hemant Mehta: While watching this video, I realized yet another thing that makes the Secular Student Alliance so awesome. Out of all the people …

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Oct 21 2010

Purdue to host intercollegiate Quidditch tournament

Why do all the awesome things happen after graduation?! Purdue University is hosting an intercollegiate Quidditch tournament from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 24), just days before the world debut of the final Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” The Hogwarts-looking Windsor Halls will serve as the backdrop as caped …

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