Have you heard the latest from Cedarville University? This year, they passed a new “purity” rule for their classrooms. At Righting America at the Creation Museum, I offer some historical perspective for this sort of purification campaign.
President Trump asked Ed Secretary Betsy DeVos to fulfill the dreams of twentieth-century educational conservatives. Sort of. In a piece that Newsweek picked up, I make the case for a more complicated conservative yearning for “local control” of schools.
Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos…some of the comings and goings in the new White House seem a lot like the comings and goings in the pages of I Love You but You’re Going to Hell. Even in these days of flabbergasting presidential proclamations, President Trump’s appointment of Jerry Falwell Jr. to head a new higher-education task force stands out. With an evangelical college president leading the way, it seems just possible that evangelicals might have finally come in from the higher-education cold. Does this mark a major shake-up in the history of American higher education? See my comments on History News Network.
What are public schools supposed to teach kids about evolution? In an April 2016 commentary in Education Week, my co-author Harvey Siegel and I argue that evolution education needs to focus on helping students know and understand evolutionary theory. Creationist students have every right not to believe it.
Where do too many evolution educators go wrong? In this 2013 essay in the Reports of the National Center for Science Education, I argue that too many of us suffer from “The Missionary Supposition.”
My article about Professor Larycia Hawkins’s ouster from Wheaton College was picked up by outlets such as the Chicago Sun-Times, early 2016.