Author Archives: Headmistress

What About Teaching Evolution

Continuing my discussion of living science texts for kids: Regarding evolution- I think kids should be taught what other people believe and why- how in depth is possibly subject for debate, but I don’t think either side should be utterly ignorant about the other’s beliefs in as fair minded a way as we can manage. […]

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What we need in a science text

Science: “‘Scientific truths,’ said Descartes, ‘are battles won.’ Describe to the young the principal and most heroic of these battles; you will thus interest them in the results of science and you will develop in them a scientific spirit by means of the enthusiasm for the conquest of truth . . . How interesting Arithmetic […]

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Political theater

Democrats Pocan, Jaypal, and Espaillat will vote no on the abolish ICE bill if it’s brought to the floor. Why is that particularly significant? It is their bill.  These are the same three Democrat Representatives who introduced the Abolish ICE bill in the first place.   Why would they introduce a bill they do not want […]

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Education, Sir John Lubbock

THE PLEASURES OF LIFE. __________ CHAPTER X. EDUCATION. “No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth.” — BACON.                 “Divine Philosophy ! Not harsh and crabbed as dull fools suppose, But musical as is Apollo’s lute, And a perpetual feast of nectar’d sweets Where no crude surfeit reigns.” SHAKESPEARE.   IT may seem rather surprising […]

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Record Heat?

“…this summer (June-August) so far has had a near record low number of daily maximum temperature records in the US. The vast majority of summer daily maximum temperature records were set more than 60 years ago, and never matched again.”  More here.

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