Education and Love, Lists About Important and Silly Stuff, Politics and Love

Why Our Political Discussions are Getting Us Nowhere and Three Things we Can Do About It

The current state of our political discourse causes me a lot of anxiety. When I hear people from two different political persuasions discuss a sensitive political topic in personal conversation (or social media or anywhere else), it most often devolves (almost immediately) into name-calling, interrupting, shouting, sarcasm, disrespect, and general rudeness and hostility. Where Has… Continue reading Why Our Political Discussions are Getting Us Nowhere and Three Things we Can Do About It

Education and Love, Politics and Love

The Power of Wonder: A Joyful Subversion

I believe that the practice of wonder has the potential to change our life profoundly for the better and that the classroom is one of the best places to practice it. Mrs. Nagel, my fourth grade teacher, was a master of cultivating wonder in the classroom. Wonder and Education At the beginning of the year,… Continue reading The Power of Wonder: A Joyful Subversion

Education and Love, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

The Love We Have Been Looking For

This post is about the love we have been looking for. And it starts with a lesson that some middle school students once taught me. Dignity and Respect Middle school students taught me some of the most important things I know about love. Before becoming a college philosophy instructor , I was a middle school… Continue reading The Love We Have Been Looking For

Education and Love

Teaching My Students to Be Maladjusted

This is my twenty-third year of teaching, and I think I may have finally figured out what I am doing: I'm teaching my students to be maladjusted. Many years ago in my student teaching, I was taking an educational philosophy course. The defining question of this class was “What is the purpose of teaching?” Student… Continue reading Teaching My Students to Be Maladjusted