The Politics of Perplexity in Twenty-First Century America

In the context of twenty-first century America, “politics” is perhaps one of the most curiously irritating words in the English language. I know from personal experience – whether from observing others, or from paying attention to myself – that there is a visceral reflex to feel something between annoyance and disgust upon hearing the word.… Continue reading The Politics of Perplexity in Twenty-First Century America

To teach, or not to teach….to the test

In the last few weeks, I’ve spent considerable time updating my course websites for the 2020 summer session and academic year. This has been more complicated than usual, since I’ve decided, after considerable thought and inward turmoil, not to seek Advanced Placement recertification for the biology, chemistry, and physics courses I’ve taught for the last… Continue reading To teach, or not to teach….to the test

Causes

The Greek philosopher Aristotle thought widely and deeply on many subjects. Some of his ideas have proven to be unworkable or simply wrong — his description of a trajectory of a thrown object, for example, works only in Roadrunner cartoons: in Newtonian physics, a thrown ball does not turn at a right angle and fall… Continue reading Causes

Time to Think

On average, my students today are considerably less patient than those of twenty years ago. They get twitchy if they are asked merely to think about something. They don’t know how. My sense is not that they are lazy: in fact, it’s perhaps just the opposite. Just thinking about something feels to them like idling,… Continue reading Time to Think

CHAT and POLICY ORIENTATION SESSIONS

Orientation sessions on using the Scholars Online chat are scheduled for Monday, 25 August, 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific Wednesday, 27 August, 3pm Eastern / noon Pacific Friday, 29 August, 11am Eastern / 8am Pacific Policy orientation sessions have also been scheduled to allow parents and students to meet with Scholars Online administrators and teachers… Continue reading CHAT and POLICY ORIENTATION SESSIONS

Moodle Upgrade

The Scholars Online Moodle environment is being upgraded during the period between August 19-August 24 and may be unavailable for several hours at a time during this period. The Scholars Online home page, account management centers may also be offline briefly during system reboots to install security patches. We plan to be online and stable… Continue reading Moodle Upgrade

Reading and Christian Charity

[This was originally posted as part of the Scholars Online website, and it remains there among the “White Papers”, but I thought that putting it out on the blog would give it a little more exposure.] Over my years as a teacher, I have had parents and students challenge me on my choice of literature… Continue reading Reading and Christian Charity

Yet More About the Supreme Court’s PPACA (Obamacare) Opinion (Part 3)

Last time, we talked about whether the federal Anti-Injuction Act barred challenges to the PPACA. All nine justices were united in the view that it did not, which leads us to the question whether the “shared responsibility payment” (“SRP”) provision of the PPACA was within the power of Congress to enact. Here we do not… Continue reading Yet More About the Supreme Court’s PPACA (Obamacare) Opinion (Part 3)