A Different Gospel: A bold & revealing look at the biblical & historical basis of the Word of Faith movement (updated ed), by D.R. McConnell

My Copy: 9781565631328 (image from bn.com) Some people wanting to dig into learning about the word of faith movement, aka the "prosperity gospel," will have a good start with this book. I'm sure this 1994 text has made it into the bibliographies of plenty of books that have come since, whether criticizing the word of … Continue reading A Different Gospel: A bold & revealing look at the biblical & historical basis of the Word of Faith movement (updated ed), by D.R. McConnell

#055–Why do we teach kids to say “I’m Sorry,” even if they don’t mean it, and that it makes everything okay?

I decided to rebel against this shit years ago, and my growing temper will make me keep it up. It hit me when I was a student teacher in the high school and had the classroom to myself for the first time. Well, one kid and his buddies decided to make my life a living … Continue reading #055–Why do we teach kids to say “I’m Sorry,” even if they don’t mean it, and that it makes everything okay?

Our Words Fail Us, and We Fail Each Other

I’m not usually a re-blogger, but there seem to be quite a few good ones this week…and I can see the people described very clearly in these words in my own past and present…and the new generation coming up. Hope we can let civility reign again, and learn how to deal with disappointment

ZEN AND PI

“War is what happens when language fails.”

— Margaret Atwood

We all fight with someone, even the people we love the most. We fought all the time, nearly daily for some, but it’s rare we reach for physical violence to get our point across. It is common to reach for emotional savagery at the slightest threat to our self-image, our way of thinking, or our sense of control. Real or perceived we are quick to hate, to degrade, and to cut off people around us for the smallest transgression because we have lost the ability to really tell one another how we feel, and to really listen to the feelings of another.

We’ve all utilized violence at some point on siblings or schoolmates. Some have hit their children or had to fight a stranger. Worse are those who have struck a spouse, a parent, an animal. I’ve seen it all and done…

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#028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?

Let's face it--if you've ever talked with a teacher, parent, student (or better yet, pretty much anybody with a shred of connection to education and isn't paid by the textbook companies), the issue of "standardized testing" comes up eventually...and never with a true smile. I became a certified teacher in 2008. When training in college, … Continue reading #028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?

#024–Is it okay to ban kids from certain restaurants (or at certain times)?

DISCLAIMER: I am not a parent, so I will humbly request that you put your pitchforks & torches away for a few minutes...or at least go sharpen the blades in a quiet corner. Thanks. I don't know how I ended up reading or researching on this a couple of weeks ago--I just know it's an intriguing … Continue reading #024–Is it okay to ban kids from certain restaurants (or at certain times)?

#006–How do you know when you “Know Thyself?”

Of course, the corresponding question has to be "What does it mean to really know yourself?" I had to ask this today after re-visiting The Artist's Way, and I've mentally blanked more and more often on the exercises and tasks that come up each week. So many of the questions to reflect on regard wishes, dreams, my childhood thoughts, wishes, dreams, and beyond "I wanna be a teacher when I grow up," I can't really recall too much.