I Love You but You Didn’t Do the Reading

January 18, 2016

What did you miss out there?

Americans know science the way we know that “Jesus’ mother was a virgin or that we should never wear white before Memorial Day.”

reading cat

Words, words, meow…

Conservatives aren’t as simple-minded as you thought.

We kicked him out of New York. What can we expect from John King as Education Secretary?

When will ad-writers stop trying to be clever by abusing the great tradition of anthimeria?

No matter who wins, colleges lose with big-money football.

Powerball is a rip-off.

Why is this conservative professor so lonely?

Suggestions always welcome to our editorial desk: alaats AT Binghamton DOT edu

I Love You but You Didn’t Do the Reading

reading guy

Words, words, words….

January Tenth, 2016.

What did you miss out there? A few stories that caught our eye this past week:

The End Is Near: read a symposium about Matthew Avery Sutton’s American Apocalypse at Syndicate Theology.

Why this college president doesn’t want big-time campus football.

America and race: Brookings scholars analyze the top ways the USA is (still) divided along racial lines.

Hell, damn, bi—: Bringing cursive back to Indiana’s schools.

Have suggestions? Send em in to our editorial desk: alaats AT binghamton DOT edu .

Nine Best ILYBYGTH Ten-Best Lists

The year is skidding to a halt. As always, logorrhetes like your humble editor begin frantically compiling year-end lists. This year, ILYBYGTH has scratched together a list of the nine best end-of-year ten best lists. (I tried for ten, but I didn’t want to dilute these pages with chaff.) What were the year’s biggest stories in religion, education and culture?

First, for pure bravado, is Michael Petrilli’s “My Ten Best Articles of the Year.” The free-marketeer explains why poverty does not explain weak test scores, why schools should be more eager to get rid of disruptive students, and how schools can help fix the “marriage crisis.”

Next, Religion Dispatches offers a list (okay, it’s only six) of the biggest religion-related survey finds of 2015. Do Americans think the US is a Christian Nation? Do we think Christians are being discriminated against? Is the Pope a (helpful) Catholic? And more!

PRRI-Christian-Discrimination-chart

Who’s the victim here?

Number three: The Chronicle of Higher Education has gathered its own top ten stories. They are locked up, I’m afraid, but if you have a subscription it’s worth exploring. There are some biggies in here, including Steven Salaita’s reflections on his experience as a loud-mouth academic walking the line between “freedom” and “hate speech;” Laura Kipnis’s essay about campus revolutionaries eating their young (and their old); and thoughts on the reality of transitioning from one race to another.

Four: What did evangelicals think? Christianity Today put together a list of its top twenty stories. (Sorry, they didn’t read the ILYBYGTH rules, either.) What do evangelicals think about same-sex marriage? What makes a church a cult? Plus porn, Christian colleges, and missionaries.

And fifth, what were the science geeks at the National Center for Science Education up to in 2015? Minda Berbeco reviews their efforts to combat creationism, climate-change denialism, and other modern science bugbears.

What did 2015 look like from the perspective of a smart-mouthed progressive penguin?

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Seeing clearly through nostalgic red visors…

What books did thoughtful non-conforming conservative intellectuals enjoy in 2015? Check out the American Conservative’s list of the year’s top reads.

Coming in at number eight, at ThinkProgress, Dylan Petrohilos gives us a sobering account of the numbers of people killed by police in 2015.

Last but not least, Lauren Turek at Religion in American History has compiled a list of religion panels at the upcoming meeting of the American Historical Association in Atlanta. It’s not a top-ten list, and it’s not a look back at the glories of 2015, but I’m including it anyway. For one thing, it starts off with our culture-wars panel (more on that to come). Also, listing all these retrospectives was getting a little maudlin, so I wanted to include something about the future.

I Love You but You Didn’t Do the Reading

[Editor’s Note: We at ILYBYGTH are happy to announce a new feature, “I Love You but You Didn’t Do the Reading.”  In this weekly column, we’ll point out stories of interest to SAGLRROILYBYGTH, a sort of “in case you missed it” list.  Will we be able to keep it up?  Who knows.  But let’s give it a try and see if people like it.  Suggestions for readings are always welcome to our editorial desk: alaats AT binghamton DOT edu .]

December Twenty-First, 2015

READING woman apple

Words, words, words…

What did you miss out there? A few stories that caught our eye this past week:

Demons and Daddies: What a Christian cult looks like these days.

University of Wisconsin: Students do not have the right to be unoffended.

Most of the world’s scientists call themselves religious.

Campuses don’t need more diversity training; they need these three things instead.

Another big creation museum!

Is there really a “mismatch?” Do African Americans students really do worse at elite colleges?

Terror threats close down schools in California, but threats of learning about Islam close down schools in Virginia.

How the other half goes to college.

I Love You but You Didn’t Do the Reading

[Editor’s Note: We at ILYBYGTH are happy to announce a new feature, “I Love You but You Didn’t Do the Reading.”  In this weekly column, we’ll point out stories of interest to SAGLRROILYBYGTH, a sort of “in case you missed it” list.  Will we be able to keep it up?  Who knows.  But let’s give it a try and see if people like it.  Suggestions for readings are always welcome to our editorial desk: alaats AT binghamton DOT edu .]

December Fourteenth, 2015

reading medieval island

Words, words, words…

What did you miss out there? A few stories that caught our eye this past week:

If this Texas girl was not really banned from praying in school, why does Senator Cruz keep saying she was?

Peter Greene: Every Student Succeeds Act woefully misunderstands the art & science of teaching.

Seth Rogen says Christians don’t mind his blasphemous humor. Christians disagree.

John Fea: It’s not hypocritical to pray after a tragedy.

What is happening to No Child Left Behind?  Is the reauthorization really a conservative victory?

Should scholars focus on producing knowledge about climate change or on swaying politicians’ opinions about it?

I Love You but You Didn’t Do the Reading

[Editor’s Note: We at ILYBYGTH are happy to announce a new feature, “I Love You but You Didn’t Do the Reading.”  In this weekly column, we’ll point out stories of interest to SAGLRROILYBYGTH, a sort of “in case you missed it” list.  Will we be able to keep it up?  Who knows.  But let’s give it a try and see if people like it.  Suggestions for readings are always welcome to our editorial desk: alaats AT binghamton DOT edu .]

December Seventh, 2015

READING man in chair

Words, words, words…

What did you miss out there? A few stories that caught our eye this past week:

Should this conservative professor be fired?

The politics of math education, or, 2 + 2 = culture war.

High-school students debate bullying, coddling, and identity politics. Is it bullying for students to insist that only certain students can ever REALLY understand the harm of white male privilege?

Bernie Sanders wants “college for all.” Do you agree with his argument?

Is the GOP dominated by extremists? NYT readers put in their two cents.

Can college professors teach about slavery without using language that is “extremely insensitive and hurtful?”

Everett Piper at Oklahoma Wesleyan University tells students to stop whining.

Rod Dreher shares: Academic history is not real history.

Today’s college protests as religious revivals.

I Love You but You Didn’t Do the Reading

[Editor’s Note: We at ILYBYGTH are happy to announce a new feature, “I Love You but You Didn’t Do the Reading.”  In this weekly column, we’ll point out stories of interest to SAGLRROILYBYGTH, a sort of “in case you missed it” list.  Will we be able to keep it up?  Who knows.  But let’s give it a try and see if people like it.  Suggestions for readings are always welcome to our editorial desk: alaats AT binghamton DOT edu .]

December First, 2015

What did you miss out there? A few stories that caught our eye this past week:

READING

Words, words, words…

Philosopher Michael Ruse warns humanists to curb their enthusiasm.

Paying for college with indentured servitude; a new program hits the streets of Purdue.

What do people think about climate change? Yale survey says that half of Americans believe it is real and that humans are causing it, but only one in ten agree that mainstream scientists are agreed about it.

No yoga in school, for a different reason.

Secret Catholics at Jamestown.

Yik Yak threats shut down campus.

What should Princeton do about progressive racists?

Where can students go for an intellectually diverse college education?