Some Thoughts on Teaching Race

You are damned if you do, damned if you don’t.  No matter how you do it, or don’t do it, it is going to be alienating, frustrating, and “part of the problem and not the solution,” to some relevant stakeholders.  That just comes with the territory of teaching controversial, emotionally intense, politically explosive topics.  If … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Teaching Race

I Believe in Santa Claus

"I Believe in Santa Claus" A Primer in Philosophy of Religion by Andrew Saldino, PhD ( Summary: College students who are breaking free of the religious dogmatism of their youth will often compare believing in God with believing in Santa Claus. The suggestion is that God is a fiction perpetrated by adults on children to … Continue reading I Believe in Santa Claus

“They” as a personal pronoun: Right problem, wrong solution.

Summary: In order to challenge the gender stereotyping embedded in our language, the request to refer to individuals with they, them, their pronouns is gaining in popularity.  I honor the issue but reject this solution.  While there is strong precedent for using they, them, their pronouns in some uses, there is no precedent in standard … Continue reading “They” as a personal pronoun: Right problem, wrong solution.