Politics and Love, Uncategorized

Chapter Two: Pedagogy of the Oppressed

This week on my blog, I am sharing some reading and study guides for Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed. This book helped me better understand oppression and racism. It has also helped me to better understand how I can co-labor with the oppressed to create a world that is more humane for everyone. I… Continue reading Chapter Two: Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Philosophy and Love, Politics and Love

Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed–Chapter One

This post is a guide for reading chapter one of Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Some Background on Freire If you have read my blog for a while or have looked at my author's bio, you may know that the Brazilian philosopher and educator Paulo Freire has a great influence on my thought and… Continue reading Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed–Chapter One

Politics and Love, Uncategorized

Why I Started My Blog; Why I Have Doubts About It Sometimes; and Why I Keep Writing

I began this blog, Love is Stronger, because of something I discovered in graduate school. During that time, I spent a lot of time researching and writing about a Brazilian educator named Paulo Freire. Studying his life and work had a profound influence on me. Hunger and Poverty Freire was born in 1921 in Recife,… Continue reading Why I Started My Blog; Why I Have Doubts About It Sometimes; and Why I Keep Writing

Politics and Love

Love, Bombs, and the Resurrection

I have been contemplating power lately, and I started thinking about love, bombs, and the resurrection. Our last election was a shake-up in power, and much of the political debate during the election focused on what does or does not make our country powerful. We have also experienced many protests lately, and in these protests,… Continue reading Love, Bombs, and the Resurrection

Healing Difficult Emotions, Politics and Love, Self-compassion

A Cure for Self-Loathing: Love-Centered Praxis

In my last blog post, I argued that many people in the United States suffer with personal and political self-loathing. In this post, I want to explore love-centered praxis, which I believe is a solution to this problem. We Measure People by Productivity Rather than valuing people simply because they are people, American society measures… Continue reading A Cure for Self-Loathing: Love-Centered Praxis

Politics and Love

How President Trump’s Attack on the Media Undermines Our Ability to Be Brave and to Think Critically

I consider myself extremely fortunate because all of my life I have been exposed to a wonderful variety of both conservative and liberal ideas. It has made me a better thinker and a more brave and loving person. I grew up in a large, conservative and republican family. My grandpa idolized Ronald Reagan, and when… Continue reading How President Trump’s Attack on the Media Undermines Our Ability to Be Brave and to Think Critically

Politics and Love

I Believe In Resistance Because I Believe in Democracy: On Trump, The Women’s March, and Civil Resistance

This political season has been marked by a great deal of protest and resistance. The various Women’s Marches across the United States yesterday are certainly the most visible demonstration of this. While many people have praised these marches as an expression of solidarity, hope, and civic engagement, others have had quite a different response. I… Continue reading I Believe In Resistance Because I Believe in Democracy: On Trump, The Women’s March, and Civil Resistance

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

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The Politics of Force and the Strange Work of Love: On the Power To Be In Trumpland

Donald Trump’s election has troubled me profoundly, and I have not always been able to articulate why. It is not just the troubling language that dominated Trump’s campaign, although this is definitely a significant concern. It is not just that my preferred candidate didn’t win the election. My preferred candidate has lost an election in… Continue reading The Politics of Force and the Strange Work of Love: On the Power To Be In Trumpland