UMass Has Banned Iranian Students from Engineering and Science Programs…

Starting this month, the venerable University of Massachusetts at Amherst will no longer allow Iranian nationals to matriculate as graduate students in many of its programs in engineering and the natural sciences, including physics and electrical/computer engineering. » 2/17/15 3:30pm 2/17/15 3:30pm

Hero Teacher, Banned From Demoing Condom-Use, Demos 'Sock-Use' Instead

Mississippi boasts some of the highest rates of teen childbirth and young-adult HIV in the United States. It also prohibits "any demonstration of how condoms or other contraceptives are applied." What's a responsible sex educator to do? Why, demonstrate how to properly apply a sock, of course! » 1/23/15 4:28pm 1/23/15 4:28pm

Inelegant But Effective Start To The Active Learning Geology Experiment

In the first week of introductory geology, we explored rock types, learned that not all rocks are the same, and tackled the mysteries of scale. While not always elegantly executed, my experiment in embracing active learning appears to be leaving my students excited and bemused. » 1/23/15 5:23pm 1/23/15 5:23pm

Experiments in Education: Kicking Off A Semester of Active Learning

We have entire education systems set up to transition novices to experts, but do they work? Research repeatedly establishes that traditional university lectures are ineffective, and that active learning is a far more reliable alternative. I'm going to experiment on my students and see how it works. » 1/16/15 10:39am 1/16/15 10:39am

Judge Dismisses Creationist Lawsuit Against School Science Standards

In September, a Kansas group filed a lawsuit attempting to block the state from adopting new science guidelines, saying it was an attempt to indoctrinate students into a "non-theistic worldview." But a federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that it failed to sufficiently demonstrate any specific injuries. » 12/09/14 12:14pm 12/09/14 12:14pm

Behind the Campaign To Purge Textbooks of "Pro-Muslim Bias" in Texas

Science groups have been working to prevent the Texas State Board of Education from adopting controversial textbooks that misrepresent climate change. But now another organization has joined the fray, demanding extensive edits in science, geography and history textbooks to purge them of "pro-Muslim" bias. » 11/12/14 3:20pm 11/12/14 3:20pm

These Are The Pages Being Ripped From A Biology Text Book In Arizona

The Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board in Arizona recently voted to "redact" a page from a ninth-grade biology text book because it includes a brief section on an abortion pill. School officials have responded by literally tearing the page from the texts. Thankfully, the Internet has come to the rescue. » 11/07/14 10:55am 11/07/14 10:55am

Creationists Stage a Surprise Attack on Science at Michigan State

As part of a "back door" strategy to teach intelligent design on college campuses, an Oklahoma-based creationist group is sponsoring an Origin Summit at Michigan State University. Faculty and students are divided over how to respond, especially since the event will be attacking the work of an eminent MSU scientist. » 10/28/14 11:10am 10/28/14 11:10am

The BBC Is Teaching Kids How To Program Their Own Dalek

A Doctor Who game being released by the BBC this week requires much more than a game controller or a computer mouse. Instead, players must solve puzzles through a series of commands that teach the basics of programming and coding skills. The fate of the universe depends on your ability to help a rogue Dalek survive. » 10/21/14 6:40am 10/21/14 6:40am

University of Baltimore Has A Class On The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Are you a student at the University of Baltimore looking for a fun, completely useless class that will likely offer you no true academic benefit whatsoever? Then make sure you look for "Media Genres: Media Marvels" during next spring's registration, the class that will examine Marvel's modern movie legacy. » 9/24/14 2:00pm 9/24/14 2:00pm