On steamy summer days such as this one, when the education news is reduced to a trickle, one must seek other sources by which to slake his eduthirst. The Harvard Educational Review arrived last week in the mail, and today I decided to read it.
My first selection was "The New Outspoken Atheism and Education" by Nel Noddings, who Wikipedia tells me "is an American feminist, educationalist, and philosopher best known for her work in philosophy of education, educational theory, and ethics of care." Undaunted by this description, I forge ahead, letting the beneficence of doubt be my guide, and run smack into this first sentence: "We live in an age of great contradictions."
That is true, insofar as it has been true of every "age" in which humankind has lived. But why the compulsion to note such a self-evident thing at the start of an essay that ostensibly hopes to address the topics of atheism and education?
I further forge and encounter, beyond the dubious introductory line, what is meant to be evidence bolstering it. "On the one hand," Noddings tells us (and you can bet there's an other hand where that one came from), "religion...