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I started a high school sceptical society. Here’s how it went…

I’m a maths teacher at McKinnon Secondary College in Melbourne, Australia. For the past few months I’ve been running a sceptical society for my students and I thought I’d let you all know how it’s been going.

In the December last year I was lucky enough to see Rebecca Watson and Brian Dunning speak in Melbourne. While they were great speeches (Rebecca’s were hilarious) the thing that really got me was Richard Saunder’s demonstration of how the power balance bracelet scam worked. I had seen them before but never paid much attention. I was shocked to hear that they cost around $60, given how many students I saw wearing them. Teachers too, unfortunately. Well, sports teachers anyway.

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