One of these days, I'll start writing real posts on education topics. But, oddly enough, school is getting in the way of that right now.
So in the meantime, I thought I'd toss together a few links to noteworthy education stories from the past week.
I Have an Idea — No, Wait, It's a Theory!
Scientists in Kansas are starting to worry that they'll have trouble recruiting top-notch colleagues, professors, and students because of the state's anti-science reputation. And if the school board votes to water down evolution coverage, aspiring scientists who pass through Kansas public schools might have have a stigma to overcome when applying to collegiate science programs outside Kansas.
This evolution "debate" is happening in a state whose official website says: "Although Coronado is believed to be the first traveler to Kansas, it is also believed that Native Americans were the first inhabitants." [emphasis mine]
These people aren't even sure who was there first? Does anyone really know anything for sure in Kansas?
Teachers Doze While Computers Do Their Work
I have to say, this story just plain chaps my ass. If you're a teacher and you can't be bothered to read and grade the assignments you give your students, you should be fired. It's that simple. Go find another line of work — maybe one where a computer can do your job for you — you lazy fuck. [I hope to write more on this story later.]
Whiffle Golf — Looks Great On Your College Application
Here's the poster child for what's wrong with the idea of one-size-fits all education: Isabel Gottlieb, a NH high school senior, will not graduate next month, even though she gets decent grades, takes AP classes, and has been accepted to college. The school is denying the diploma because Gottlieb, who transferred from another school last year, is missing a single physical education credit. The school told Gottlieb that she should drop a class, such as one of her AP classes or her calculus class, to make room for gym. She smartly declined — she plans to major in biology in college.