Which is Worse: A Game of Thrones Spoiler, or Detention?

A French mathematics teacher is said to have devised a powerful technique for keeping classroom chatter to a minimum: Whenever his class gets too noisy, he simply writes a spoiler from Game of Thrones on the board. As in: "Oh, you haven't finished reading A Storm of Swords? LET ME TELL YOU EVERYONE WHO DIES." » 3/23/14 7:45am 3/23/14 7:45am

Reggie Watts is the greatest science teacher of all time

Reggie Watts is a star in so many fields — comedy, music, funny voices — but who knew teaching science to high school students (in the '70s, apparently?) would be one of them? So take a few to minutes learn with these kids about the wonders of single-celled organisms, protons, dimensional space, and day drinking. » 2/05/14 4:40pm 2/05/14 4:40pm

At MIT, engineers are taught that scifi is crucial to do good science

MIT is one of the premiere science and technology universities in the United States. And now students there are being asked to consider the consequences of their inventions — by reading science fiction in class. Over at The Atlantic, Rebecca Rosen has a terrific interview with the creators of this innovative course. » 9/20/13 3:40pm 9/20/13 3:40pm

I Spent My Summer Vacation in Outer Space

When you camp in the Sierra mountains of California, the night skies are incredible. Our Milky Way galaxy is splashed across the dark dome, and you can see every constellation that's normally blotted out by city lights. Now, imagine you're out there with astrophysicists, explaining it all to you. That's how I spent my … » 8/26/13 2:33pm 8/26/13 2:33pm

Is a superhero dressed in a burka sending the wrong message?

Meet Pakistan's first caped crusader, The Burka Avenger — a new superhero who's promoting girl power in that country. But the new animated character is dressed in a burka, and that's causing no small amount of controversy in Pakistan and abroad. » 7/31/13 7:20am 7/31/13 7:20am

Louisiana senators vote to keep creationism in science class — again

Teen activist Zack Kopplin has lost his third bid to see a repeal of Louisiana’s Science Education Act — a highly controversial piece of legislation that allows teachers to bring creationist textbooks and other instructional materials into the classroom. » 5/03/13 8:40am 5/03/13 8:40am