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Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 17: The Greek Way, Chapter 6, Questions 1 & 2

Frank Breslin | Posted 12.15.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

1. What is Plato's view of Socrates? A more important question would be: Was Plato telling the truth about Socrates? Not the Socrates of legend as ...

Are Professors Too Liberal?

David Moshman | Posted 08.06.2016 | College
David Moshman

Are college professors too liberal? Do we need more conservative professors? Has a lack of political diversity turned campuses into centers of liberal indoctrination?

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 8: Keeping In Touch with Your Inner Teenager

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.05.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Seeing Your Course through Students' Eyes Remember when you were young with your whole life before you; when everything was possible and nothing wa...

The Unequivocal Why In The Horror Of Nice, Orlando, And Istanbul

Phil Fragasso | Posted 07.15.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Phil Fragasso

The American philosopher William James often argued that human beings were blind "to the feelings of creatures and people different from ourselves." I...

Evolution Education Without Indoctrination

David Moshman | Posted 06.13.2016 | Home
David Moshman

How should we teach evolution? In Teaching Evolution in a Creation Nation, historian Adam Laats and philosopher Harvey Siegel take an uncompromising ...

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Authority - Part 1: The Myths of the Tribe

Frank Breslin | Posted 02.25.2017 | Education
Frank Breslin

Once upon a time in a faraway land, there dwelt a people who never succeeded in quite growing up. From the time they were children until they bade adi...

Stories Of Pain And Isolation After Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

Shulem Deen had been a devout Hasidic Jew until he had a "faith crisis" that eventually forced him away from both the religion and his family, he told...

Why Public Schools Don't Teach Critical Thinking -- Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.07.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

While ensuring students' physical safety is a school's first order of priority, the school should be no less vigilant in safeguarding them from propaganda that will assail them for the rest of their lives.

What Is the Public Value of Philosophy?

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 06.08.2015 | College
Keith M. Parsons

I am a professor of philosophy at a public university. What is the value of philosophy to the taxpayers who subsidize my teaching? Philosophy is an abstruse and difficult field.

English Teachers Adopt Statement on Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 02.20.2015 | Education
David Moshman

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has adopted a new position statement on academic freedom. The statement consists of two introductory paragraphs and five principles.

Grasping the Invisible God

Mia Norton | Posted 03.09.2014 | Religion
Mia Norton

The age of three is an awfully early age to pose such in-depth concepts as the Trinity and the Immaculate Conception, but my daughter is certainly mature enough to start grasping concepts of real vs. pretend, and belief vs. non-belief.

Indoctrinate Your Children Well

Larry Doyle | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Larry Doyle

Once upon a time, the lessons propagated by Dr. Seuss, then called conservation, anti-totalitarianism, equality, spirituality and trying new foods, were universal virtues we all wanted to teach our children. But now the right has exposed them as socialist scams.

Compulsory Patriotism: Requiring the Pledge of Allegiance

David Moshman | Posted 01.16.2012 | Education
David Moshman

Should the pledge be required? Should patriotism be compulsory? Can it be? The Supreme Court, it turns out, has already addressed these questions.

Did Arizona Ban Ethnic Studies? Not Exactly

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Moshman

Although legislatures have a legitimate role in providing for student access, academic integrity and intellectual freedom in public schools, they have no business telling teachers what to teach.

Academic Freedom and Indoctrination

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Moshman

We all support essentially the same principles of academic freedom, including respect for the authority of faculty over the curriculum and respect for the right of students not to be indoctrinated.

Liberty and Learning: Academic Freedom as Intellectual Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Moshman

The aim of this new blog is to explain and promote academic freedom, which provides schools with academic integrity, maximizes the quality of education and research, and protects students from indoctrination.

The Kremlin Continues Shaping a Group-Think Generation

Simon Shuster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Simon Shuster

Even the cynics might have felt a sputter of optimism when the Kremlin youth group Nashi, Vladimir Putin's militant pep squad, announced its plans for this year's doctrinal summer camp at lake Seliger.

A Stupid Made-for-TV Controversy

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

News cycles thrive on controversy and the extreme, so those elements of our country are continuing to get more and more airtime.

Republicans Demand Equal Access to Schoolchildren

Don Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Parker

Amid the uproar over President Obama's grand scheme to use subliminal brainwashing to indoctrinate America's schoolchildren into his cult of personality, Republicans today demanded equal access to young minds so they could counterbalance the president's dangerous message.

Friday Talking Points [92] -- The End Of Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Sadly, Obama's speech to school children has become mired in manufactured controversy from the right, with typical sky-is-falling rhetoric about the evil, evil man who occupies the Oval Office.

How 30 Years of U.S. Mistakes Saved Ahmadinejad in Iran

Dr. Adam Lankford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Adam Lankford

In a misguided attempt to punish Iran for a range of crimes, including its state sponsorship of terrorism, the U.S. has insisted on comprehensive sanctions and deliberately worked to cut Iran off from the rest of the world.