(Ignoring) Laws, Historical Narratives, and Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

I had a new thought/question on the topic of how we discuss Brown v. Board of Education and other aspects of history. I have understood and observed for about a decade now that there is a gap between the law and reality. I have also understood for roughly the same amount of time that the Brown v.Continue reading “(Ignoring) Laws, Historical Narratives, and Brown v. Board of Education (1954)”

Samuel Zeif and Stoneman Douglas

I can’t get over how important and powerful Samuel Zeif’s presence was at the White House on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. You can read his words here. Listen here. His words were excellent and most moving, but what has stuck with me personally even more was his crying.  Male crying is something we hardly everContinue reading “Samuel Zeif and Stoneman Douglas”

Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Updated December 29, 2017 I will never apologize for supporting and defending students. I will also never apologize for challenging them and helping them think and work in ways and with greater intensity than they ever thought possible! My exact teaching philosophy varies according to the institution, the department, the course, the students, and evenContinue reading “Statement of Teaching Philosophy”

Students, Professors, and the Joys of Office Hours

Conversations with fellow professors often turn to the topic of office hours and their frustrated comments about how students never utilize this time. In contrast to some my colleagues, my office hours are always wonderfully busy with students. Frequently, I even have a line of students waiting to visit with me! Sometimes there are soContinue reading “Students, Professors, and the Joys of Office Hours”

Being Disabled And Unconditionally Rejected in Higher Education

At some institutions of higher education, faculty who are not perfectly able-bodied are effectively barred from even stepping on campus. Such practices—on top of the already-difficult job market and added to the ubiquity of microaggressions directed toward us crip people—automatically move some of society’s most educated people into the stack of unconditionally rejected applicants.        Continue reading “Being Disabled And Unconditionally Rejected in Higher Education”

Creating and Omitting History, Fundamentalist Nationalism, and the A Beka History Textbooks

I first started officially drafting this article on August 7, 2015! During the past two years, I have constantly struggled with how to approach the issues raised in this post. I am always interested in how different institutions teach History, and a while back, I discovered that the A Beka History Textbooks are very problematic. AtContinue reading “Creating and Omitting History, Fundamentalist Nationalism, and the A Beka History Textbooks”

Power in Everyday life, Religion, and Politics – Things On My Mind Series, #7

Minimum Wage I’m often interested in what people ignore or don’t see that is right before them. Although it has been disproven with data again and again, people persist in believing that most minimum wage workers are teenagers looking for extra spending money. In reality, the vast majority of minimum wage workers are adults, theContinue reading “Power in Everyday life, Religion, and Politics – Things On My Mind Series, #7”

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”