Monthly Archives: March 2010

Teaching the “controversies”

Today’s NYT has an article about a new-ish strategy used by creationists in their efforts to influence the teaching of science in schools. According to the article, a bill in the Kentucky legislature would require schools to teach “the advantages … Continue reading

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Texas School Board election results

The Texas School Board has a huge amount of clout in determining the contents of high school textbooks. Because of the size of the public school system and its consequent purchasing power, textbook publishers nationwide tend to cater to Texas. … Continue reading

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Predictions gone wrong

There are lots of famous examples of failed predictions about the future of computer technology. Think of Bill Gates predicting, in 2004, “Two years from now, spam will be solved,” or the claim (possibly apocryphal) that Gates said in 1981 … Continue reading

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