I haven't blogged for nine months, mostly because I fell off the blogging horse after a rather traumatic opening to my year. The longer I was away from it, the more I questioned whether I had anything unique to add to cultural discussions. This insecurity will be familiar to other people of my Tribe, because… Continue reading Kim Davis: reality check on Christian persecution
Well, then. I'm not sure what irritates me most - the fact that American Atheists have set up a billboard making fun of prayer via mocking the Hail Mary, or the poor reporting on same that refers to the prayer as "a popular Christian invocation" or the clerics of the man in the ad as… Continue reading American Atheists and the Super Bowl
There's no lack of opinion about the sex abuse scandal surrounding the football program at Penn State. The best have focused on the fact that college sports, particularly football, are abusive in their very nature, taking advantage of young people while paying 7-figure salaries to coaches. On the other hand, we have this post, where… Continue reading Penn State scandal an indictment on a generation? Not quite.
I was asleep when reports of the first attack on the Twin Towers came in. First the phone rang, then my 12-year-old daughter - who was up at the crack of dawn getting ready to meet the early bus that ferried a small group of advanced math students to middle school at O'dark-thirty - burst… Continue reading 9/11 – How We’ve Changed
If you're up on the news this morning you've heard that the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops went against precedent and voted against elevating Tucson's Catholic bishop to president of the group. Gerald F. Kicanas, who came to Tucson to lead the diocese's 350,000 Catholics nearly 10 years ago, received 111 votes to the 128… Continue reading Gerald Kicanas passed over as leader of Bishops conference
Joel Stein tackles elitism in The Awesome Column in last week's Time Magazine, and he comes off sounding - as was his goal, me thinks - elitist. From his lede: I went to a better college than you did. That does not make me a better person than you. It does, however, make me smarter,… Continue reading The Elite and Education
As if I already hadn't said so, teaching is ridiculously hard work. As I come to the beginning of my third week as a teacher's aide in a high school English classroom (and first official week in a student-teaching internship), that hard work is ever more apparent. But lately, something else is becoming crystal clear:… Continue reading The dream high school curricula