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Posted inRaising Freethinkers

Let’s get normal

For as long as religion has dominated culture, opting out of religion, saying “I don’t believe it,” has been seen as abnormal to the point of unthinkable. Tolerance has usually meant accepting the rights of others to worship a different god, or to worship god in a different way. Many paths to god, that sort […]

Posted inCulture

On Margaret Mead and healed thigh bones: Not all compelling stories are true

Reading Time: 7 minutes I’ve loved Margaret Mead ever since first reading her classic Coming of Age in Samoa: A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilization. I read it more than 50 years ago as a clueless college sophomore. There was something seductive about this diminutive, headstrong, homely, strikingly honest young woman, intrepid enough to will herself […]

Posted inParenting & Family

Spare the rod—and spare me the rest

Reading Time: 8 minutes Even as countries from South Korea to Colombia to Pakistan join the international and scientific consensus condemning corporal punishment, several school districts and state legislatures in the US have begun advocating the return (or continuation) of the deeply-discredited practice.

It’s time to revisit the overwhelming evidence against corporal punishment—and the roots of its persistent appeal.

Posted inRaising Freethinkers

Different out loud

When my daughter Erin was in eighth grade, she came home with a story I’ve never forgotten. “I was at a lunch table,” she said. “One girl asked another one where she went to church. She said ‘We don’t go to church,’ and the first girl’s eyes got all big, and this other guy leaned […]

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