Dale McGowan's Blog – October 2008 Archive (5)

Best Practices 2: Encourage active moral reasoning

The second installment in a nine-part series on best practices for nonreligious parenting. Back to BEST PRACTICES #1.



If the Ten Commandments had been posted at Columbine High School, the April 20 massacre would never have happened. --former Republican Congressman and current Libertarian Presidential candidate BOB BARR, at a press conference on June 17,…
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Added by Dale McGowan on October 30, 2008 at 2:48pm — 1 Comment

Tray Tables Up! Flights of nonsense landing in Texas schools

texflag32988 The next act in the long and ugly creationist end-game will take place in Texas. After the previous two acts, my confidence is high.



One of my dearest hopes for the next generation is that they get a real shot at understanding evolution. My own teenage understanding of the theory was fuzzy around the edges, since we touched on it for all of about eight minutes in high school. I didn't encounter it again until Anthro 1 at Berkeley--at which point it dazzled me so much I… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on October 22, 2008 at 5:39pm — No Comments

The white-bearded red herring...or YES, I'm talking to YOU, Lisa Miller

by Dale McGowan

Author/editor of Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion



pythongod340909 The world is full of ignorant nonsense, and that's okay. Well, it's not okay, but it seems to be part of the unavoidable deal, what with unequal access to education and a thousand other things. What I've had quite enough of is ignorant nonsense from people who really have no… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on October 14, 2008 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Name the Brazilians!

Most of the time, our family life is typical. But every so often, without warning, a Monty Python sketch breaks loose.



Connor (13) asked the other day why there are bad names for black people but not for others. At first I didn't understand what he meant. Then I realized he meant exactly what he had asked.



It's not the first time I've been made aware that he is growing up in a very different day-to-day environment than I did. I once asked him if middle school kids still… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on October 13, 2008 at 11:42am — 2 Comments

The Devil Goes Down to Georgia

devil320991 I read to Delaney's first grade class yesterday. She had prepped me for my visit like a military operation, reminding me at least five times of the exact time and S.O.P.



"There's a chair you sit in, and I'll sit right by you," she said. "You have to bring three stories, but don't be sad if we don't get to all three."



I promised to hold it together.



She nodded, then ran upstairs to rummage through her books. Five minutes later she was downstairs,… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on October 2, 2008 at 8:35am — 1 Comment

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