It’s Tough Being an Atheist in Mississippi

Alan-Michael White, a senior at the University of Mississippi, talks about the difficulties of being an atheist in such a religious state: Ladies and gentlemen, I am an atheist… We number some 30 million Americans and every newborn baby across the world. Despite our newest members being adorable, ours is a group deemed the second [Read More...]

What Do Journalism and Education Have in Common?

Michael Tracey, a former Secular Student Alliance group leader, has a controversial piece in The Nation about journalism schools in general, whether they’re necessary, and whether they’re even teaching the right things. Allow me to rant for a bit: Obviously, there are exceptions, but too many journalists are just good for gathering basic information and [Read More...]

Catholic School Students Ignore Rainbow Ban

I love high school students who are smarter than their administrators… and you see that often at Catholic schools. St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School in Toronto recently banned rainbows — rainbows — because they were “associated with Pride.” Mind you, if you wanted to ban things that reminded people of homosexuality, the whole goddamn Church [Read More...]

What Happens at a Christian Home-Schooling Convention?

When I heard that the Illinois Christian Home Educators‘ annual convention was coming to town, I knew I wanted a first-hand account of what happens there — partly because I’m not Christian, and partly because I teach at a public school. Would it fit my stereotypes or would it defy them? When I saw that [Read More...]

Thank Your Teachers

Vjack wrote a beautiful post the other day about a high school teacher of his who recently passed away: I learned that my favorite high school teacher died recently. I regret that I didn’t make more of an effort to keep in touch with him over the years. The last time I saw him was [Read More...]