The Atheist Academic

The Atheist Academic: Coming Out At School

Q: How do you deal with your atheism as a teacher? Do you tell coworkers, parents and students, or do you just keep it to yourself? For the first semester at my current job, I was really quiet. I talked to the kids, of course, and I made awkward conversation, …

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Higher EducationSecondary Education

Sensational: It’s the Secular Student Alliance!

You see them as you walk down the halls at any high school in America – fliers for Christian groups abound. “Come to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes!” “Join the Before-School Prayer Group!” It’s enough to make a secular teacher feel a little bit ill. If we look at the …

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FeaturedReligion

Dealing With Tragedy as an Atheist

Unless I’m guilty of a particularly morbid form of confirmation bias, it seems like there have been quite a few high-profile tragic events across the world recently. The Sandy Hook shooting, the Boston bombing, the events on the island of Utøya in Norway, and now the terrible scenes of destruction …

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A shelf full of books.
Higher EducationReligionRequired ReadingsSecondary Education

RR: 21 May 2013

What’s up, buttercups? This is my first time doing a RR post. Do you remember your first time? I’m a little nervous, and I’m not sure if I’m ready. I think I am. I’ve been reading all by myself for a few years, and I think I’m ready to read …

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“Shut up and Let the Christians have their moment!”

There are many things that we, as teachers, have working against us. There are antiquated systems and people who don’t give us respect. There are state standards and angry parents and students who just don’t care. But, just to make our job even more complicated, there are also legislators who …

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Critical ThinkingFeatured

Teaching the Letter “A”

A little known secret about academia (and a serious flaw, I might add) is that many university professors receive little to no training in how to teach. Sociology poses a unique challenge because the entire discipline is built on deconstructing that which we take for granted as normal or even …

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Secondary Education

Miss Maudie Tells it Like it Is!

As a public school teacher, I can’t teach atheism. I don’t think I would even if I could; part of my conviction that atheism is the most truthful option for me is because I spent so long studying atheism and trying other paths. I want my students to meander along …

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Secondary Education

Bye Bye, Billboard.

I love my job. I really do. I’d been waiting for a job at this prestigious suburban school since I first began my teaching career. My old job, where I toiled for eight years, wasn’t really satisfactory in many different ways. The department – and, to be honest, all of …

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