The Atheist Academic

The Atheist Academic: Standing Up for Yourself!

Recently, one of my fellow atheist educators asked the following question:  During a faculty meeting, we were doing a positive things session about each other and our principal was quoting scripture, prefaced by, “I hope this doesn’t offend anyone.” I said nothing. How would you have handled it? This is …

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Critical Thinking

Are you there God? It’s me, Incredulity.

Many times throughout the school year, our entire staff gather for prayer. We gather for prayer at the beginning of the year to ask God for a safe and healthy school year. We gather each morning to ask God to watch over us during the day, and keep us from …

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The Atheist Academic

The Atheist Academic: Change a few words?

In Oklahoma, a Jewish high school student and his family face threats and intimidation from angry white people after the young Jewish student had the courage to report the unconstitutional display of a page from Mein Kampf  in his public school classrooms. On Saturday, May 11, Jewish student Elijah Ross, a junior at …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 11 July 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! I am reaching out to you via TIME TRAVEL! Actually, I wrote this post 3 days ago, in anticipation of me traveling and not having an opportunity to update today. I am in London at the moment, hoping that my toddler will adjust quickly to …

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Critical Thinking

New Mississippi Law Allows for Religious Content in Class Assignments

A new law went into effect on Monday in Mississippi that would allow religion to enter public schools without fear of reprisal. This law is known as the “Mississippi Student Religious Liberties Act of 2013,” and it is effective beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. While it backs up a …

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It’s Just A Breast!

“If you suck on a tit the movie gets an R rating. If you hack the tit off with an axe it will be PG.” This quote is commonly attributed to Jack Nicholson all over the internet, yet I had trouble verifying its authenticity. Either way, it seemed quite apropos …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 30 June 2012

Good morning everyone, I hope you’re all having a great weekend! I also hope you enjoy my first post in the site! The post covers studies confirming that our strife is having the effects we want it to have and some interesting opinions (not necessarily correct, in my opinion). Study …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 27 June 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! Today is the last day of my first summer session of classes. I’ve lined up plenty of interesting reading for you. Everything from religious schools trying to get state money, to ways of getting students to do pre-class reading, to yoga instruction in schools. ACLU …

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The Atheist Academic: I Defile my Question Virginity!

I’d like to start this week’s column with a question from a loyal reader. (I suppose I can’t actually call someone a “loyal” reader when this is column #3, but it makes me feel better.) Anyway, Belinda from Oklahoma asks, “What are some ways of handling separation of church and …

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The Atheist Academic

The Atheist Academic: In which I am thrown into professional development hell.

You’d think I would know better, but I signed up for a two-day professional development in my school district. It was over religion in our schools. I guess my thinking was that I would get some information about different religious groups that make up the population of our school district, …

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