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Category Archive: education

Apr 16 2014

Ok, That’s A First

Twice today, students asked questions that I had previously examined on this blog, such that my immediate thought was “oh, I’ll just recite this verse”. Which, of course, I did not. I gave a nice, thorough, completely prose response. I need to get more people reciting my verses as answers to classroom questions, so that …

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Mar 07 2014

Opening College Doors To Cults?

I don’t like teaching; I don’t like students; I don’t know their faces; I don’t know their names. I don’t like service; I don’t like advising; I don’t like playing Departmental games My at-risk students Go unsupported A fully expected, If tragic, result— We must do something That costs me nothing: Let’s outsource the problem …

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Feb 27 2014

Bad News From North Carolina: Christian Love Strikes Again

I thought I saw an atheist Among the kids at school Who didn’t understand that, here, The Christian bullies rule You may call it “brave” or “foolish” But she dared to show her face I may have seen an atheist… They put her in her place. I thought I saw an atheist, According to report, …

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Feb 08 2014

Atheism In Virginia

The Telegraph (UK) has a really nice report on the state of atheism in the state of Virginia–including contrasting reports of Virginia Tech and Liberty University. The very real concerns of atheists in Virginia make me sad for them, but very happy I am in a considerably less religious state. Attached to the story is …

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Oct 25 2013

Lubbock Is Flat. Earth Is Not.

In Texas, a creationist once took a look around And he noticed that the world he saw was flat When you live your life in Lubbock, there are no hills to be found, And it’s Lubbock the creationist was at. And he looked around the grasslands, just as far as he could see, To the …

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Sep 30 2013

What? You Disagree With Me?

Professor Cuttlefish? I’m scared; I feel I might be unprepared— I understand your point, but see, I think I disagree! My other classes share a view That isn’t really shared by you It sometimes feels like splitting hairs, But really, I like theirs! I’ve got this fear I cannot mask So, much as I’m afraid …

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Sep 12 2013

Oh, Texas! Don’t Ever… Evolve.

The bible is my textbook; It’s the only one I need It’s got all the information That a person ought to read Any open-minded scientist Would certainly concede It’s a better book than Darwin’s is, by far! It’s the universe’s history— All several thousand years— And it shows how evolution’s Not as strong as it …

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Aug 19 2013

Unintended Consequences; or, Get Off Of My Lawn!

My parents worked through poverty, Through hardship and through strife, In part so we, their children, had A better chance at life And we, their sons and daughters, With our parents’ words well heeded Have worked so that our children, too Have better lives than we did. To make the world a better place Each …

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Aug 03 2013

Wouldn’t It Be Nice?

“Religious Values” classes have been fading from the schools Although, strangely, their inclusion wasn’t breaking any rules It didn’t take a lawsuit, or a dozen, or a score Just… the Christian volunteers weren’t volunteering any more A story out of New Zealand, with a title I wonder if I’ll live long enough to see in …

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Nov 26 2012

Wait–Voting Again, Already?

It’s Time–that is, it’s time for Time, If I could make that clear For me to plead for votes, in rhyme, For Person Of The Year. Yep, Time Magazine is getting ready to name their Person of the Year. There are the usual politicians (failed and successful), the usual power brokers (failed and successful), the …

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