When the truth (and democracy) doesn’t matter but we pretend it does

As a society, we frequently pretend we care about honesty and freedom. We frequently pretend we care about other people. But, when we recognize tangible evidence, we can easily see what actually matters. During the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing with Jeff Sessions, I was captivated by three overwhelming things. First, the chair and voice chair each had 10 minutes.Continue reading “When the truth (and democracy) doesn’t matter but we pretend it does”

Confirmation Bias, Privilege, and Prayer (or, How Prayer and Discrimination Can Be Connected)

Recently, I read a powerful essay where the author, a Person of Color, describes their childhood and explains that “God always answered the prayers of White children but never answered our prayers.”  This statement has been on my mind off and on since I read it. As I prepare to teach my Theology and Civil Rights class inContinue reading “Confirmation Bias, Privilege, and Prayer (or, How Prayer and Discrimination Can Be Connected)”

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”

Will + Skill ≠ Success: Intersectionality, Student Depression, and Reality

In their introduction to college textbooks, Sherrie Nist-Olejnik and Jodi Patrick Holschuh explain to students that college success can be achieved with the appropriate skill and will. In other words, they argue that if you know how to read, study, and write at the college-level, for example, and if you are appropriately motivated and set goals, college success–inContinue reading “Will + Skill ≠ Success: Intersectionality, Student Depression, and Reality”

5 Reasons Skits Belong In Your Classroom, too

Almost every semester, I have students do skits–over a reading, theme, or something else. You need to use these, too! Here are five reasons why:  Skits are quick. Students only need 10-15 minutes to prepare and their skits are usually 2-3 minutes at most but can, of course, easily be adjusted. Groups of 2-5 work great.Continue reading “5 Reasons Skits Belong In Your Classroom, too”

The “Trolley Problem” is Fundamentally Flawed

The so-named Trolley Problem first originated in 1905, and since its full development as a thought experiment in 1967 by Philippa Foot, it has captivated the on-going attention of philosophers and psychologists for decades. More recently, as indicated on the Facebook page “Trolley problem memes,” developing various iterations of the Trolley Problem is a popularContinue reading “The “Trolley Problem” is Fundamentally Flawed”

Key Facts About Trans People

Cis (i.e., cisgender) refers to people who identify with their assigned sex and gender at birth. If you’re not trans, you are usually cis and have cis privilege. A trans man, for example, is usually best seen as someone who was always a man, but we must be cautious of strategic essentialism and remember sex/genderContinue reading “Key Facts About Trans People”

Blue and Pink Affect Our Perception of Others

As part of a guest lecture/workshop I gave today on the power of words, I did an experiment. (If I remember correctly, I read about this experiment in Delusions of Gender that I have often talked about on this blog.)  There were 18 students. I sent nine students out in the hall where they could not seeContinue reading “Blue and Pink Affect Our Perception of Others”