Politics and Love, Uncategorized

Chapter Two: Pedagogy of the Oppressed, a Study Guide

This week on my blog, I am sharing some reading and study guides for Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, a book that has helped me better understand oppression and racism. It has also helped me to better understand how I can co-labor with the oppressed to end oppression and racism and to create a… Continue reading Chapter Two: Pedagogy of the Oppressed, a Study Guide

Philosophy and Love, Politics and Love

A Guide to Reading Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed–Chapter One

If you have read my blog for a while or have looked at my author's bio, you may know that the Brazilian philosopher and educator Paulo Freire has a great influence on my thought and writing. I wrote my dissertation on education and justice, and the last chapters focused primarily on Freire and his philosophy… Continue reading A Guide to Reading Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed–Chapter One

Politics and Love, Uncategorized

Why I Started My Blog; Why I Have Doubts About It Sometimes; and Why I Keep Writing

I began this blog, Love is Stronger, because of something I discovered in graduate school. During that time, I spent a lot of time researching and writing about a Brazilian educator named Paulo Freire. Studying his life and work had a profound influence on me. Hunger and Poverty Freire was born in 1921 in Recife,… Continue reading Why I Started My Blog; Why I Have Doubts About It Sometimes; and Why I Keep Writing

Politics and Love

Interrogating Power: A Meditation on Love, Bombs, and the Resurrection

Contemplating Power I have been contemplating power lately. Power. Our last election was a shake-up in power, and much of the political debate during the election focused on what does or does not make our country powerful. Power. We have also experienced many protests lately, and in these protests, it seems that power confronts and… Continue reading Interrogating Power: A Meditation on Love, Bombs, and the Resurrection

Healing Difficult Emotions, Politics and Love, Self-compassion

A Cure for Our Personal and Political Loathing: A New Outlook

We Need a New Outlook In my last blog post, I argued that many people in the United States suffer with personal and political loathing and that this loathing can generate further problems of shame, unhappiness, feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness, personal and interpersonal violence, inequality, and increasingly levels of political hopelessness. While these problems… Continue reading A Cure for Our Personal and Political Loathing: A New Outlook

Politics and Love

How President Trump’s Attack on the Media Undermines Our Ability to Be Brave and to Think Critically

I consider myself extremely fortunate because all of my life I have been exposed to a wonderful variety of both conservative and liberal ideas. It has made me a better thinker and a more brave and loving person. I grew up in a large, conservative and republican family. My grandpa idolized Ronald Reagan, and when… Continue reading How President Trump’s Attack on the Media Undermines Our Ability to Be Brave and to Think Critically

Politics and Love

I Believe In Resistance Because I Believe in Democracy: On Trump, The Women’s March, and Civil Resistance

This political season has been marked by a great deal of protest and resistance. The various Women’s Marches across the United States yesterday are certainly the most visible demonstration of this. While many people have praised these marches as an expression of solidarity, hope, and civic engagement, others have had quite a different response. I… Continue reading I Believe In Resistance Because I Believe in Democracy: On Trump, The Women’s March, and Civil Resistance

Education and Love

Teaching My Students to Be Maladjusted: What I’ve Figured Out About Teaching So Far

This is my twenty-third year of teaching, and I think I may have finally figured out what I am doing. Many years ago in my student teaching, I was taking an educational philosophy course, the defining question of which was “What is the purpose of teaching?” I was doing my student teaching in Guatemala City,… Continue reading Teaching My Students to Be Maladjusted: What I’ve Figured Out About Teaching So Far

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The Politics of Force and the Strange Work of Love: On the Power To Be In Trumpland

Donald Trump’s election has troubled me profoundly, and I have not always been able to articulate why. It is not just the troubling language that dominated Trump’s campaign, although this is definitely a significant concern. It is not just that my preferred candidate didn’t win the election. My preferred candidate has lost an election in… Continue reading The Politics of Force and the Strange Work of Love: On the Power To Be In Trumpland