Category Archives: Education

A shallow thought about depth

Late at night, while I was browsing through my favourite blogs, it occurred to me that blogging is a shallow activity. Blog thoughts, like this one, scrape the surface of subjects that could be investigated in depth. Even a blogger … Continue reading

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Bozo counts!

Some 30,000 Americans have signed a petition urging the U.S. government to spend 850 quadrillion dollars in building a “Death Star” to protect the country. The stupidity is awe-inspiring. These bozos have no inkling of size. How much is 850 … Continue reading

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Some Day, It Had to Happen — A Mathematical Genealogy

It was inevitable, mathematicians being what they are. Some of the more obsessive members of the Mathematics Department of the University of North Dakota somehow got funding for the Mathematics Genealogy Project, a web-based family tree that lets you trace … Continue reading

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“Just say no”: Does chastity work?

The recent amazing discovery that teens like sex has led to campaigns promoting chastity among high school students. Advocates for this crusade condemn the promotion of condom use, claiming that avoidance of sex is the only way to prevent unwanted … Continue reading

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Do you believe in evolution?

The author and aphorist G.K. Chesterton once wrote “When people stop believing in God they don’t believe in nothing, they believe in anything.” Did you like that? If so, beware. It’s a human failing to mistake glibness for insight, and … Continue reading

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WISE Math vs WNCP: Why your kids can’t do math.

“Would you like your children taught to read by a teacher who could read only at the Grade Five level?” That question (I paraphrased it) comes from Anna Stokke, a University of Winnipeg professor who teaches future teachers how to … Continue reading

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