Education

Two posts ago, I talked about one big change I made to my Introduction to the New Testament class last summer, choosing to take the students through the Synoptic Gospels before teaching the Synoptic Problem itself. That change seemed immensely helpful, as it took an...

I had the opportunity to teach a five-week course of "Introduction to New Testament Literature" at UNC-Chapel Hill this summer, and I took the opportunity to reexamine and revamp a few aspects of how I've taught that course (or have seen others teach it) in...

In "Parents Caught Spanking Children on Audiotape Real Time," what should have been a straightforward report on the somewhat surprising (to the researchers) results of placing audio recorders in families' homes to study "Real Life Mother-Child Interaction in the Home" was somehow transformed into a...

The NYTimes has published a piece focusing on 100 New York schools experimenting with different approaches towards achieving the "Common Core" standards that attempt to shore up problems with the "No Child Left Behind" standards. In general, I agree with clearer standardization of minimum standards (though...

[caption id="attachment_2366" align="alignright" width="198" caption="Vote Quimby!"][/caption] LZ Granderson has put forward quite a provocative proposal: before anyone can register to vote, they should be required to take and pass a test modeled off of the citizenship test required of immigrants. He roots this in the (true)...

Frederick Schmidt's article, "Is it Time to Write the Eulogy? The Future of Seminary Education," observes a number of problems with the present state of seminary education and suggested some sweeping changes to how M.Div. degrees are handled both by the church and by divinity...

It inevitably comes up every year: the question of how parents of young children should handle Santa Claus. For some, this is a highly impassioned subject; with many liking to remind everyone as often as possible that "Santa" is an anagram of "Satan"—or, if not...

James McGrath has brought up the question of whether participation grades are worthwhile or should be eliminated: I've tried to use participation grades and I'm thinking the time has come to ditch them and simply leave it up to the student to learn as ...