Category Archives: Education

High School student scores perfect ACT score

High school senior Isaac Hanemann has no plans to follow in his father’s footsteps to become an agribusiness consultant. “It’s a lot of writing and writing; it’s just not for me,” he said. Instead, he’s a man of science. “Right now I really want to go into research for physics” Hanemann said. “I want to… Read More »

Common Core State Standards Initiative

Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school. Teachers, parents and community leaders have all weighed… Read More »

More Religion, Less Science for Indonesian Students

Indonesia has recently pilot tested a new curriculum in over 6,000 schools which instantly drew controversy after it removed science, English, social sciences, and information technology (IT) as separate subjects in favor of Bahasa Indonesia, nationalism and religious studies. The reduction of subject load is meant to give students more time to attend other educational… Read More »

Scientific Study Proves TV Making Kids Dumber

The study found that every hourly increase in daily television viewing at 29 months of age is associated with diminished vocabulary and math skills, classroom engagement (which is largely determined by attention skills), victimization by classmates, and physical prowess at kindergarten, according to Linda Pagani of the University of Montreal and the CHU Sainte-Justine children’s… Read More »

Girls say vindicated by U.S. court win over ‘Boobies’ bands

Two girls suspended from a U.S. school for refusing to remove “I (heart sign) Boobies!” bracelets supporting breast cancer awareness said on Tuesday they feel vindicated by a U.S. appeals court decision that says their free speech rights were violated. Vía Reuters: Oddly Enough

Creationism Camouflage: Ohio School Board Mulls Policy To Counter “Controversial” Evolution

The Springboro Board of Education is asking for trouble. Board members are considering a policy that would require faculty to teach creationism in science class. According to the Dayton Daily News, the proposed policy would require teachers to offer all sides of “controversial issues” such as evolution. Evolution is lumped in with other “controversial” issues… Read More »

Learn the Periodic Table of Elements song

Whether you need to brush up on your chemistry, or just love it when someone sets the Periodic Table to music, AsapSCIENCE’s The NEW Periodic Table Song is for you. This rundown of the elements in numerical order is set to Jacques Offenbach’s Infernal Galop, but was otherwise written, produced, and performed by Mitchell Moffit.… Read More »

“Buycott” App Lets You Boycott Monsanto And More By Scanning Items in Your Shopping Cart

In her keynote speech at last year’s annual Netroots Nation gathering, Darcy Burner pitched a seemingly simple idea to the thousands of bloggers and web developers in the audience. The former Microsoft MSFT +0.94% programmer and congressional candidate proposed a smartphone app allowing shoppers to swipe barcodes to check whether conservative billionaire industrialists Charles and… Read More »

Louisiana counts the cost of teaching creationism – in reputation and dollars

… GOP Governor Bobby Jindal defends anti-evolution education policy, but it costs his state millions in science-based business Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal endorsed teaching creationism in public schools, by way of the state’s creationism law, a misnamed and misguided piece of legislation called the Louisiana Science Education Act. In a recent interview with NBC News,… Read More »

For Scientists, an Exploding World of Pseudo-Academia

The scientists who were recruited to appear at a conference called Entomology-2013 thought they had been selected to make a presentation to the leading professional association of scientists who study insects. But they found out the hard way that they were wrong. The prestigious, academically sanctioned conference they had in mind has a slightly different… Read More »

Ohio school sends boy, 5, home over mohawk haircut

An Ohio kindergartner was forced to stay home from class after a school district said he couldn’t attend – because of his mohawk haircut. Officials from the Clark Shawnee School District in Springfield, Ohio, sent 5-year-old Ethan Clos home on Wednesday, saying his haircut was a disturbance to teachers and students in the classroom, WHIO… Read More »

School Bus 52: A Farm On Wheels (VIDEO)

… The brightly painted bus uses a system of pumps and filters to turn the used kitchen oil into biodiesel as fuel. The inside no longer has any of the iconic school bus seats but rather is equipped with workbenches filled by plant pots, a compost bin, and even a cage big enough for chickens.… Read More »

How Medical Ripoffs Threaten Your Health Security

Industry, by corrupting science has caused a double dose of harm. First, as the Mecola article below states, medical doctors are performing unnecessary and even harmful procedures. The other problem is a resulting lack of trust in science which opens the doors for people to spend money and time on alternative medicine which is also… Read More »

Learning During Sleep

Israeli scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that people can learn new information while they are sleeping, rather than simply strengthening memories already made. Anat Arzi from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel played tones to sleeping volunteers before wafting smells of deodorant, shampoo, rotten fish, or dead animals past their noses.… Read More »

Pepper Spray Lieutenant John Pike no longer at UC Davis

… The University of California, Davis, cop that made headlines for blasting peaceful protesters with military-grade pepper-spray last year is no longer employed by the school. Pike, a Sacramento police officer-turned-campus cop, became the target last year of a nationwide campaign spearheaded by activists with Occupy Wall Street and Anonymous after images of him discharging… Read More »

Genes may play role in educational achievement, study finds

Researchers have identified genetic markers that may influence whether a person finishes high school and goes on to college, according to a national longitudinal study of thousands of young Americans. The study is in the July issue of Developmental Psychology, a publication of the American Psychological Association. “Being able to show that specific genes are… Read More »

Cops called on student who won't stop studying

A school has been forced to call police on a student who refused to stop studying in its library. Jamie Gagliardi, 18, from Crawley in the UK was escorted by police from his community college library after he refused orders to leave. Jamie was ‘obsessed with revising’ for his A Levels (the English equivalent of… Read More »

Women cannot rewind the ‘biological clock’

Many women do not fully appreciate the consequences of delaying motherhood, and expect that assisted reproductive technologies can reverse their aged ovarian function, Yale researchers reported in a study published in a recent issue of Fertility and Sterility. “There is an alarming misconception about fertility among women,” said Pasquale Patrizio, M.D., professor in the Department… Read More »

Dinosaurs and Aliens Banned From Citywide Tests

In what the Post has deemed “a bizarre case of political correctness run wild,” the Department of Education has submitted a list of 50 forbidden words to companies competing for the chance to revamp New York’s citywide standardized tests. Among the potentially “distracting” topics: Dinosaurs, for example, call to mind evolution, which might upset fundamentalists;… Read More »

Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany

… A whole new world of magic animals, brave young princes and evil witches has come to light with the discovery of 500 new fairytales, which were locked away in an archive in Regensburg, Germany for over 150 years. The tales are part of a collection of myths, legends and fairytales, gathered by the local… Read More »

Judge rejects UC Davis pepper-spray report secrecy

Image: “Police State Graphic on a UC Davis building, Friday March 16, 2012” The report on the November pepper-spraying of students and protesters at UC Davis likely will be ordered released today, although a potential court appeal may delay public release until at least April 2. In a tentative ruling issued late Thursday, an Alameda… Read More »

UC Davis pays $1.35M to settle Title IX case

The University of California, Davis has agreed to pay more than $1.3 million to attorneys representing three women who had filed gender discrimination claims because the campus did not offer a women’s wrestling team, officials said Thursday. The settlement came after a federal judge in Sacramento ruled on a broader question in August and found… Read More »

Gov. Jerry Brown pulls ‘trigger’: Colleges, schools and services for elderly and disabled hit. Fix: End the wars!

Because revenue has fallen $2.2 billion short of the $4 billion it had penciled into the budget because of an improving economy, Brown’s administration is being forced to make $981 million in “trigger cuts” under a budget plan agreed to by Brown and Democratic legislators last June. The shortfall, however, was below previous estimates, allowing… Read More »

I drank raw milk and lived. Is Raw Milk Safe? Healthy?

My new nutritionist is a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation which promotes nutrient-dense foods, traditional fats, lacto-fermentation, nontoxic farming, truth in labeling, and community supported agriculture, among other things.  I spent this weekend learning from her. We saw the movie Farmageddon and I met and spoke to the film maker, Kristin Canty. This… Read More »

People soon to be on loan at B.C. library

A new library in Surrey, B.C., will be home to a “human library,” with people on loan as living books. The $36-million Surrey City Centre library, set to open at the end of the month, will allow users to “check out” people and pick their brains about their experiences with blindness, immigration, religion or a… Read More »

State audit: No evidence of waste, fraud or abuse

In an official response to a Bureau of State Audits report released today (July 28), University of California President Mark G. Yudof wrote: “We are proud of the fact that we have come through this review with validation of so many of our procedures and policies…But, at what cost?” Yudof urged the Legislative Audit Committee… Read More »

Kissing protest staged by students in Chile

Students in Chile have exchanged violent protests against government education policies by locking lips and kissing.As Karen Zarindast reports students have taken to the streets to show they want less violent confrontation and a lot more love. via BBC News – Kissing protest staged by students in Chile. To express their anger, hundreds of Chilean… Read More »

Queen’s University Student Writes Exam in Full Armor

Queen’s University students writing exams last month got an unexpected surprise when they were suddenly joined by a knight in shining armor. The fellow student, who goes by the profile name “Mastadufus” on Youtube, had decided to write his final exam for medieval history garbed appropriately in a set of armour he’d cobbled together, piece… Read More »

The disgraceful interrogation of L.A. school librarians

In a basement downtown, the librarians are being interrogated. On most days, they work in middle schools and high schools operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District, fielding student queries about American history and Greek mythology, and retrieving copies of vampire novels. But this week, you’ll find them in a makeshift LAUSD courtroom set… Read More »

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science

… The group was led by Dorothy Martin, a Dianetics devotee who transcribed the interstellar messages through automatic writing. Through her, the aliens had given the precise date of an Earth-rending cataclysm: December 21, 1954. Some of Martin’s followers quit their jobs and sold their property, expecting to be rescued by a flying saucer when… Read More »

Classroom ‘slave sale’ prompts parent protests

Trying to bring a history lesson on the American Civil War to life, teacher Jessica Boyle turned her fourth grade Norfolk, Virginia, classroom into a slave auction: she ordered black and mixed-race students to one side of the classroom; then the white students took turns buying them. Parent complaints began rolling in shortly after the… Read More »