13 Reasons Why “13 Reasons Why” Demands Caution

Given how many of my students have been watching and talking about 13 Reasons Why, as well as how many think-pieces I have been seeing, I figured I had better see what it is all about for myself. I binge-watched the entire series, thirteen episodes, a few days ago. Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why revolves around Hannah Baker, a highContinue reading “13 Reasons Why “13 Reasons Why” Demands Caution”

The Power of Names

As I have written about before, no one is born voluntarily. Additionally, as soon as we open our eyes and see light and the doctor arbitrarily announces “it’s a boy” or “it’s a girl,” we are involuntarily assigned a series of names that we are forever associated with. Changing one’s name is an extremely difficultContinue reading “The Power of Names”

Does geography work for or against you when getting an education?

Now that I have four academic degrees and am currently not a student for the first time in my life, I have been critically accessing the education I received and its quality. Before going too far, let me say that I greatly enjoyed my decades as a student and had many wonderful experiences. I learned a ton and becameContinue reading “Does geography work for or against you when getting an education?”

“As long as you teach history the correct way.”

Upon hearing that I am a college professor and frequently teach History, people sometimes respond with conditional and reserved words of enthusiasm. In some way or another, these people inquire as to whether or not I teach History correctly. What does that even mean? I usually respond that I teach according to evidence. And this does notContinue reading ““As long as you teach history the correct way.””

Introducing Children to the Rhetoric of Living in a Police State

Every now and then I enjoy seeing what Polk Elementary is up to – the school where I spent seven years of my young life! There were lots of great times, lots of nightmares, too.  This past weekend when I was looking at its Facebook page, I discovered they had just had the annual Fall Festival. (When IContinue reading “Introducing Children to the Rhetoric of Living in a Police State”

Microaggressions and Socialization

By what mechanisms are we socialized and acculturated as children? Usual answers involve major social institutions such as churches, media outlets, schools, and family units. But, I’ve never heard anyone make a direct and needed connection between the process of learning to behave in conventional, accepted ways and microaggressions. Microaggressions are subtle intended and unintendedContinue reading “Microaggressions and Socialization”

8 Reasons to Stop Asking: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” – Hidden Power of Words Series, #21

Children and young adults are bombarded with various forms of the question “what do you what to be when you grow up” from almost day one. Such questions are important in that we need to always think about the future, but there are many more problems with such questions when we examine the hidden power of these words.  1.Continue reading “8 Reasons to Stop Asking: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” – Hidden Power of Words Series, #21″