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This Year in Official Announcements: Scientific Government Organizations

Yep, good year for mainstream science communication. And I see people asking for more god and less science in schools.

Oh, hey! And this:

Changing Education Paradigms

This video expresses some of the ideas about education that I have tried to argue here on a number of occasions and does it better than I ever have. While school boards and politicians and parents and teacher stand around pointing their fingers at each other.... and complain about students being disinterested and cheaters and lazy, they fail to question if an education system designed for the industrial revolution is really trying to teach any of the right things in any of the right ways. Not to mention that once upon a time, an education meant a job, now its only certainty is debt.

Christian Nation

Russell Shorto, Author of ''Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason.'' recently wrote this lengthy article about the battle going on inside our education system. More or less the Christian Coalition gang is trying to god up our history and throw in some conservatism while they are at it. God does hate deficit spending after all.

He does a really good job and points out the irony of the southerners wanting to end the separations that once liberated them from state churches that discriminated against the now prevalent religions.

How Christian Were the Founders?

There was a religious element to the American Revolution, which was so pronounced that you could just as well view the event in religious as in political terms. Many of the founders, especially the Southerners, were rebelling simultaneously against state-church oppression and English rule. The Connecticut Baptists saw Jefferson -- an anti-Federalist who was bitterly opposed to the idea of establishment churches -- as a friend.

Of course history has to be rewritten to support their ideas and that is truly frightening The truth of the matter is not hard to find.

Little-Known U.S. Document Signed by President Adams Proclaims America's Government Is Secular

A few Christian fundamentalists attempt to convince us to return to the Christianity of early America, yet according to the historian, Robert T. Handy, "No more than 10 percent-- probably less-- of Americans in 1800 were members of congregations."

Perhaps the most essential part of a democracy is an informed public. The two main sources of information are education and the press.

Nothing is more concerning in our country than the constant attempts to undermine democracy.

Arne Duncan - Secretary of Education

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wants longer school hours so American students can compete with the rest of the world.
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The Word - Learning is Fundamental

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The Word - Learning Is Fundamental
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Illusion of Superiority

tip to pedantsareus

Justin Kruger & David Dunning. Unskilled and unaware of It: how difficulties in recognizing one's own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments. Journal of personality and social psychology 1999, vol.77, no.6, pp1121-1134 ©1999 by American Psychological Association, Inc. •••••••• PERCENTILES. For those unfamiliar with percentile rankings, briefly.... Say you get 95% of questions right in a test — sounds good. But if everyone else does, then your performance is actually average. Percentiles are a method of marking, which ranks your score COMPARATIVE to other scores within a population. If you rank at the 10th percentile, 10 percent of all scores, in the population tested, fall BELOW you. If you rank at the 90th percentile, 90 percent of all test results fall BELOW you — you've made it to the top 10. 50% is dead on average. Bizarrely, in a tendency which has been termed the 'above-average effect', it seems most people — no matter what their competence/ability — perceive themselves as above average, hovering around the 60th percentile.

Did You Know?

I'm currently reading Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average and ran across a couple of items I think you might find of interest. Since so many of you seem to currently be either teachers or students, you may want to consider this argument. He believes, and provides some pretty persuasive evidence that if you are considering changing an answer the odds are two to one that if you change it you will change it from wrong to right. I won't go into much detail, but one of the reasons we are reluctant to change is one of regret. Apparently, we feel worse if we proactively do something and it turns out wrong than if we do nothing with the same result. That sounds right to me. There was another bit of trivia I gleaned from the book that may contain a part of the reason that the home team in sporting events has a higher winning percentage. Studies show that teams that wear black get called with more fouls and that the fouls are considered more severe than teams that wear white. How about that? I haven't finished reading the book yet, but based on what I've read so far I'm giving it a couple of thumbs up.

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