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The Controversy over the Proposed AP African-American Studies Course

Introduction In this post, I talked about how American history should be taught. Unfortunately, the issues involved have now become more complicated as a result of the dispute over the proposed AP African-American Studies course. As you know if you’ve read my earlier writings, I believe that high school classes should be welcoming to all …

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Religious Freedom’s Meaning and Application for Contemporary American Society, Part 2

Introduction As we saw in my last post, Christian Nationalism substantially distorts the biblical heritage from which it supposedly draws its inspiration. In this post, we will see how it similarly distorts the very American values it is supposed to champion. Religious Freedom During the Colonial Period Anyone with even a casual acquaintance with American …

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Religious Freedom’s Meaning and Application for Contemporary American Society, Part 1

Introduction The Problem Posed by Christian Nationalism Not so long ago, I wrote about how American history should be taught. In that post, I discussed the importance of presenting a variety of perspectives rather than trying to use history teaching as a method of indoctrination. History is more than a collection of facts. It is …

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Are Lowering Qualifications an Answer to the Teacher Shortage?

The Current Teacher Shortage Though we are accustomed to thinking of teacher shortages as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, in fact, the supply of teachers has been inadequate for some time. For example, this article from University of Massachusetts Global points out that during the 2016-2017 school year, 80% of California school districts …

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