I believe that sports offer an avenue and environment that is rich with opportunity for character development. If priorities are correct and colleges take an intentional approach toward their athletic programs, athletes can leave these programs with an experience that influences their character with a richness that is difficult to achieve in any other setting.
I've had malaria more times than I care to remember. It's not pleasant. Bone-chilling cold. Sweating, terrible fever. You can understand my hatred for the mosquito!
Perhaps no issue causes more consternation for parents than that of gender. There's just so much anxiety around it all, and parents don't know what they are responsible for or how much any of this matters to their child growing up to be a happy and healthy adult.
I've talked with many women who work as academics in the field of higher education, and in so doing I have come to realize that my experience as a professor is very different from their experience.
We live in a crazed, image saturated world of social media and advertising. In an unfiltered way, sexualized images of women and power images of men bombard us daily – every hour. What do these images tell us about the place of women? How are men objectified into certain characteristics?
A few weeks ago, Target stopped using gender specific signage in the toy aisles of its stores. Social media immediately lit up with both gleeful accolades and righteous indignation. Regardless, I wonder if what is actually wrong-headed here is that we, as Christians, are looking to a large, secular corporation to shape our children's identities in the first place.