Is Education Contributing to Mental Health Challenges?

A thought just came to me, and it’s one that I have been batting away for the last few years. Is our educational system so outmoded that it actually causes harm to the students who attend? I speak with regard to middle school and high school. I think elementary school is necessary. And that itContinue reading “Is Education Contributing to Mental Health Challenges?”

Systems of Oppression (Liberals) Meet Moral Responsibility (Conservatives)

Ok, so I went down the conservative rabbit hole with the news media. And then I went back to the liberal press to recover. What follows is an honest attempt to make sense of the divergence. Bear with me! A great article in the Atlantic (January 2021 after the coup) ended with this story andContinue reading “Systems of Oppression (Liberals) Meet Moral Responsibility (Conservatives)”

Integrity and its Relationship to Antiracist Morality

I was just reading an amazing article in the journal called Providence on integrity and moral instruction. This post is about why antiracism has the impact it has on the people who practice it. It’s about what makes us tick. And why sometimes compromise is necessary. This Christmas I gave my garbage man $100 asContinue reading “Integrity and its Relationship to Antiracist Morality”

My Disappointment with the Journal Deepens into Alarm

I shouldn’t be surprised given its affiliation with Fox News, but I am. The state of the media has become inverted. The NYT doesn’t like the president because he’s not liberal enough. But my more pressing concern is this: the WSJ is taking up a battle against woke culture. I’m also against woke culture, butContinue reading “My Disappointment with the Journal Deepens into Alarm”

In Defense of Mothers

The mother cult in Western culture. The thing is that this “cult” is damaging to so many women and it places a great burden on all of society. Not only are mothers put down as responsible for everything that their children do or say, and thereby a huge burden is being placed on mothers andContinue reading “In Defense of Mothers”

Education versus Schooling: Two Sides of the Same Coin – but not the same thing!

I love helping students who do not traditionally fit in in their educational environments. Why? You guessed it! Because I don’t fit in as a student and I believe that that makes me uniquely qualified to help people like me survive school in a way that keeps their callings and self-esteem intact. So that theirContinue reading “Education versus Schooling: Two Sides of the Same Coin – but not the same thing!”

Stubborn Learners or Tomorrow’s Leaders?

How many times have we seen students with their heads on the desk and their phones in their laps, pretending to be sleeping? Well, I couldn’t have done that when I was a child! But that’s only because we didn’t have phones to put in our laps at that time. I did, however, have aContinue reading “Stubborn Learners or Tomorrow’s Leaders?”

Restorative Circles: a Safe Space for LGBTQ+?

I was a Gay Straight Alliance adviser as a high school teacher for several years. As adults we may not be homophobic and therefore may not be able to understand how some people are – it has been inconceivable to me hearing over the years the things people go through and even if a restorativeContinue reading “Restorative Circles: a Safe Space for LGBTQ+?”

Restorative Justice: Pain is Our Teacher

Our pain teaches us. In the case of mental or physical illness, once a person is stabilized with medication and a therapeutic relationship, a patient can learn to rearrange their mental furniture in a way that greatly alleviates their suffering and their relationship to their suffering. If we are not allowed to feel our pain,Continue reading “Restorative Justice: Pain is Our Teacher”

Academia and Me – A Love-Hate Relationship

The picture above was taken during my brief stint in academia. What is academia? Academia is the world of professors and research and writing books and articles. Others may disagree, but no one can discount my first-hand knowledge and experience of academia in the humanities. So what follows is my opinion, and you can takeContinue reading “Academia and Me – A Love-Hate Relationship”