This blog will try to understand America’s educational culture wars.
It will not push any particular culture-war agenda. Rather, it will try to make sense of the competing ideas that make up the long fight over history, science, literature, sex, and morality in American schools.
There are plenty of other places to read polemics. From the conservative side, the folks at Exodus Ministry or Answers in Genesis push fundamentalist policies. Free-market wonks at places such as the Heritage Foundation press for more market reform of education. Higher-ed conservatives in the National Association of Scholars or at Minding the Campus battle for sensible conservative fixes to college leftism spinning out of control. Traditionalists at forums such as The Imaginative Conservative bemoan the wasting death of true education.
On the other side, skeptics such as Richard Dawkins or Bill Nye “The Science Guy” attack creationism without really trying to understand it. Liberals in organizations such as Americans United for Separation of Church and State fight against heavy-handed religion in public schools and the public square. Education scholars like Michael Apple or Ira Shor analyze conservatism, but only in order to discredit conservative policy.
In contrast, this blog will try to sympathize with both sides in order to be conscious of the real complexity of American culture and education.