A Gay Teenager Stands Up for His Suspended Teacher

You may have already heard the story about Graeme Taylor, but it deserves to be spread. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, Howell High teacher Jay McDowell had been suspended without pay “for two days for asking a student to remove her Confederate flag belt buckle and for ejecting two students from class after a heated exchange [Read More...]

A Positive Article About an Atheist Professor

When you hear the phrase “atheist professor,” maybe this often-forwarded, untrue email comes to mind. Dr. Hector Avalos is an atheist professor and an overall good guy — an educator who isn’t biased against religious students, a Bible scholar with several books to his name, and the faculty sponsor of the Iowa State University Atheist [Read More...]

Do I Sit Between Them…?

***Update***: There’s a Facebook page for the event! … This Thursday, I’ll be at Pomona College in Claremont, California as part of a panel discussion on atheism: Now What?: Atheism Beyond the Question of God Thursday, November 11th, 2010 Edmunds Ballroom, 7 pm Although the number of American non-believers has doubled in the last twenty [Read More...]

Are You a Christian or Catholic?

“Luc Duval” is a student teacher in music and he’s learning what it’s like to be an atheist in the classroom: … a class discussion led from languages into questions about where I’m from, and a student decided to ask me, “Are you Christian or Catholic?” I managed to resist addressing the glaring semantic issues [Read More...]

Lessons in Teaching

I had my annual observation earlier this week — for me, that involves an administrator visiting my classroom and taking extensive minute-by-minute notes on what I’m doing, what I’m not doing, how I can improve, etc. My boss happened to visit me early in the day — around the time the Pledge of Allegiance is [Read More...]