Category Archive: education

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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Oct 15 2012

Radio Silence

Ok, just received four shiny new batches of tests to grade, so I’m kicking myself off the interwebs for a bit. You’ll have to content yourselves with browsing through the archives for unread gems. I think both of them are in there, somewhere. And leave me wonderful comments for when I come back. Or not. …

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Sep 10 2012

You Know, Deviants–Like Rapists, Murderers… Gays…

Franciscan University Says homosexuality Is much like rape and robbery— That is, they say it’s wrong. It’s different from the norm, you see; Disordered, yes, intrinsically (Though clinical psychology Now sings a different song) In Social Work, class three-fourteen What “deviance” is meant to mean, (So says the statement from the dean) Is “different from …

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Aug 31 2012

But We Thought That Was The Whole Point…

“Introduction To Congress”, the syllabus said; It was filled with the Harvard elite— The goal was to learn about civics; instead, Half the students just learned how to cheat. Academic dishonesty at Harvard. Harvard College’s disciplinary board is investigating nearly half of the 279 students who enrolled in Government 1310: “Introduction to Congress” last spring …

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Aug 27 2012

A Brand-New Semester!

The summer is over The autumn is near The first day of classes Is finally here I’ve looked at the rosters I’ve crunched up some stats I’ve gotten up early Surprising the cats Inhaling my coffee I’m ready once more A brand new semester…. I’d love to ignore? New students to bore? A job I …

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May 20 2012

Feynman On God

For [redacted], who can’t accept an answer that doesn’t contain Jesus. Who just reminded me that not all stereotypes are strawmen, and that people sometimes really do think the way we are constantly assured they do not.

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May 10 2012

Barometer Students

Do you have them? They don’t show up every semester, so consider yourself fortunate if you get one, and powerball-level lucky to get two or more in a class. These are the students whose faces are an honest reflection of how well you have explained something. If you are less than clear, an eyebrow might …

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Feb 28 2012

Atheist Ireland Kicks Hibernian Arse

Vividly, lividly, Atheist Ireland Points to Hibernia’s Atheist list Notes that their teaching is Antihistorical; Gives them the notice to Cease and desist. I just love a good, well-deserved, metaphorical arse-kicking. After the jump:

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