He was way more polite than his boss, but Vice President Pence still said some pretty out-there things in his debate with Senator Harris. In this commentary in the Washington Post, I teamed up with historian Marybeth Gasman to look at the ways both campaigns have used colleges to signal their culture-war loyalties. (October, 2020).
It’s one of the hardest things for people to understand about creationism. At Patheos, I make the case that America’s creationism culture wars aren’t really about evolution. They couldn’t be, for a couple of reasons. (October, 2020).
The Democratic candidates didn’t seem shy to call Mayor Bloomberg a flat-out racist. But they DID give him a pass on his charter-school waffle. Why? History gives us a better way to talk about charters. At Washington Post.
I don’t agree with radical creationists on much, but I didn’t think they would tell kids to cheat at school. I was wrong, but in a weird way, this bad creationist advice gives me some hope that we can finally solve our creation/evolution dilemma. At Righting America(September 2019).
Why are there creationists? People like me like to think it’s all about ignorance. But that assumption itself is an ignorant one, as I explore on UConn’s Humility & Conviction in Public Life blog. (February 2019).
The relationship between Liberty University and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities has always been awkward. The CCCU might not like to admit it, but Liberty these days is fulfilling the CCCU’s oldest, fondest dreams. I tell the story at History News Network. (June, 2018).
What is a conservative to do? Campus protests have stifled conservative speakers. Some lawmakers are fighting back, by passing “campus free speech” laws. Will they work? Not a chance, as I argue at History News Network. (September, 2017).
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. (May, 2017).
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. (May, 2017).
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. (February, 2017).
“Slacktivist” Fred Clark also offered some insights. He suggested that Fea and I were describing different parts of the same elephant. I love Clark’s notion of a “faculty lounge” evangelicalism. (December, 2016).
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.