Learning democracy is just as important as learning math

This essay appeared in the newsletter of Concerned Citizens Defending Democracy, a new organization dedicated to "promoting democratic institutions, deliberative dialogues, and racial justice and reconciliation." Sam Smith - While we repeatedly discuss the problems our country faces, we pay little attention to how we teach our children to deal with these matters as they … Continue reading Learning democracy is just as important as learning math

Some positive approaches to ethnic relations

Sam Smith Because of the cruel  history of ethnic relations there is an emphasis on problems, crises and outrageous examples, but far less attention to the positive results of improved relations and how to reach them. Here are just a few suggestions that I’ve gathered from my own life. Treat multicultural relations as an asset … Continue reading Some positive approaches to ethnic relations

Gatherings for the non-religious

Sam Smith – As a long time Seventh Day Agnostic who majored in anthropology I both ignore religion’s theology and respect its moral and ethical role in society. As Americans increasingly grow less interested in religion, moral and ethical matters are also losing their longtime home. Consider, for example, the role that religions have played … Continue reading Gatherings for the non-religious