PT ranked high among education blogs

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As the badges on the sidebar indicate, Panda’s Thumb has received several honors in the blogosphere – Scientific American’s Science and Technology Web Award, Finalist in the 2006 Weblogs Awards, and two inclusions in OpenLab. Now we’ve received another, a high ranking in blogs dealing with P-12 education. Dangerously Irrelevant has compiled a ranking of such blogs using Technorati’s data, and PT ranks 5th on the list. We’re honored by that ranking.

There is an asterisk, however, since the author of Dangerously Irrelevant acknowledges that the Thumb may not fit comfortably in the category of blogs devoted to primary through grade 12 education. However, if one scans the categories in the sidebar, there are something like 490 posts dealing with education, most of them public school education. So we’re comfortable in the company on Dangerously Irrelevant’s list.

Excellent science education is absolutely critical to the welfare of humanity. The anti-science Dis-enlightenment that is the goal of outfits like the Discovery Institute and Answers in Genesis seriously threatens not only the United States, but the world. To the extent that policy decisions are being made about biomedical research, medical practice, global warming, epidemiology, vaccines, and so on, all in ignorance of the science underpinning the recommendations of experts, we are all at risk. When citizens – voters – depend on ignorant or deceptive claims about science we are all at risk. When people spend billions of dollars on quackery like homeopathic remedies that dilute their supposedly active ingredients down so far that not a single molecule remains in the preparation, they are at risk. Understanding the process of science is critical to an informed citizenry, and we’re proud to do our bit to help that understanding.

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…the author of Dangerously Irrelevant acknowledges that the Thumb may not fit comfortably in the category of blogs devoted to primary through grade 12 education.

Particularly because of some of the ****ing comments.

But congratulations, it’s well deserved.

Congrats! Besides the honors, a high ranking as an edu-blog should help when dealing with the creationists latest education nightmare scheme.

****ing comments.

… but it is 5 *’s in ‘troll’?! [/P-12 voice]

Dear Richard,

Thanks for your wonderful post. I couldn’t agree with you more.

Regards,

John

This past Sunday (6/8/08) the New York Times Sunday Magazine acrostic (just below the crossword puzzle) had a Darwinian theme. Check it out!

Thumbs up! Way to go! Attaboy!

And heartfelt thanks for insisting correctly and with style and grace that it is knowledge of the real world that creates freedom, creativity, comfort, profit, security and fun. These benefits are alluded to elsewhere by the phrase, “the pursuit of happiness.” (Predicated, of course, by “life, liberty and …”)

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Great information, I agree with everything that you talk about to what increases all the SEO efforts and also what it takes to get a site ranked high.

The anti-science Dis-enlightenment that is the goal of outfits like the Discovery Institute…

Or maybe the Endarkenment… speaking cromulently.

The proper term is the Emerdement.

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