Considerations before purchasing, accepting advice for acting, or adopting an intellectual position–far more controversial than it appears!

Does it involve a need or a desire? Perhaps there is not sufficient incentive for making the purchase (for acting or for changing one's mind).Does it match its advertising? Is it what it claims to be?Does it have a long record of success? Why commit to something that doesn't?Does it have many good, qualified, and … Continue reading Considerations before purchasing, accepting advice for acting, or adopting an intellectual position–far more controversial than it appears!

Questions for inoculating students from propaganda

What ideas, events, movements, or person(s) is one (or was one) not to question?Which of these is one, in polite society, expected to agree with and praise?Who or what makes this so? What methods of persuassion or propaganda are being (or have been) employed by various institutions, groups, or individuals, to shape your thinking or … Continue reading Questions for inoculating students from propaganda

Considerations Our Troubled Times Call For

With many monumental changes underway in several categories of life, religious, social, economic, and political, one can't help trying to understand what we're experiencing and wondering how best to respond. All the while, though, as specks traveling rapidly through history, we sense we're not in control and that we're not in a position to understand … Continue reading Considerations Our Troubled Times Call For

Community College Teaching in Today’s Environment, answering questions from my college newspaper

Were you teaching online classes, in person classes, or both?How has the transition been for you to online teaching?How will you teach differently as you move forward? During the winter 2020 semester, all my classes were face-to-face; they all moved fully online later in March. With students already having been completing all their assignments online, … Continue reading Community College Teaching in Today’s Environment, answering questions from my college newspaper

Four Brainstorming Questions and a Comment, About Minneapolis Today

I. Is social distancing over now? If it's not enforced for one group, how, without a relevant difference, can it justly be enforced for another group? Why might large protests be allowed, but, perhaps, in hopes that those protesters will quickly spread the virus among themselves? Churches in some cities can't have more than 10 … Continue reading Four Brainstorming Questions and a Comment, About Minneapolis Today