Defending of the Value of Algebra

This post is a little old, but I find it so encouraging that even those who are self-professed Math-phobes are coming to the defense of algebra (and through it mathematical thinking and the value of working to learn). This post was so good I’m going to copy a sizable portion here. The topic is important, […]

Are there Learning Styles?

Thanks to former Messiah College mathematics education major, and current Assistant Professor at Southern Nazarene University, Nick Zoller for the link to this interesting NPR take on the issue. In short, it seems the scientific literature does not support the distinctions that many educators and psychologists have come to accept as obvious. Here is a […]

Merry Christmas!

Enjoy! (HT: John Fea)

Francis Chan Takes a Break

Was interested to read that one of my new favorite teachers/authors has decided to leave his church. (HT: Mark Malinoski) His reasoning was that he was hearing too much about him, and not enough about God, among his people. He didn’t want to be the focus, so he felt led to leave, after wrestling with […]

Discipline Without Routine?

Read this interesting article this morning. The author reminds us that even devotions can be counter productive if they become so routine that we stop thinking about what we are reading, and worship songs can be meaningless if we stop thinking about the words we are really saying. Here is a snippet. The key to […]

Review of The Cult of Statistical Significance

Another post aimed mostly at myself for future reference, but feel free to read along! This is a review of The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives by Stephen T. Ziliak and Deidre N. McCloskey. To begin, I admit that I could not even finish the introductory […]

Review of Christian and Humanist Foundations for Statistical Inference

I realize that this post will have a limited sphere of interest, but I felt the need to record my reactions to this book for my own sake (so I have a record of it for my sabbatical review) and let others read it if they want to. I recently finished reading Andrew Hartley’s Christian […]

Yom Kippur

In honor of Yom Kippur: Some Old Testament perspective: 26 The LORD said to Moses, 27 “The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present an offering made to the LORD by fire. Leviticus 23.26-27 (NIV) And the New Testament fulfillment explained by Paul […]

Celebrating Counter-culturally

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the way we celebrate the holidays. In our family, we celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Either of these holidays can be about consumerism, rather than Holy-day. We give the kids their gifts from us in association with Hanukkah. The original point was to allow us to focus on […]

Thanksgiving 2009 – Part 1

In the spirit of cultivating an attitude of thanksgiving, I will be posting various things that I am thankful for over the next few days. I expect this to take a some time for me to think through, and realize that I will likely forget many things on this list that are very important to […]