Tennessee State Social Studies Standards Revision

Hey Tennesseeans!  The TN State Department of Education is going to revise its Social Studies standards. ALL OF THEM. They are seeking public input through July 18th. The surveys are linked here.  YOU (yes, you, whoever is being addressed by this written statement), as a citizen, should contribute to this important, civic process!  The content […]

Worldwide Climate Justice Teach-in

I was looking at some webinars shared by a faith-based organization regarding school equity and I saw “Global Climate Justice Teach-in” from Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability was on the list. Only half an hour? I put it on my calendar, sure that when the time came, I would ignore it and do work that […]

Bravery for the 2020s

There’s a movie my kids watch obsessively, The Secret Life of Pets 2. The main character, Max, a dog, has developed anxiety because he tries to keep Liam, a toddler in his family, safe in a very dangerous world. Sounds familiar…is this movie for kids or their parents? There’s a scene where Max goes through […]

My First Official Devotion

No one has ever asked me to lead prayer, and that’s always been ok with me. I’m pretty private about my praying. But I’m in my fifth year at Carson-Newman, a Christian university, so I guess it was a matter of time. A few weeks ago, Dave McNeely, who is a colleague of mine who […]


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