Shane Ralston

Shane Ralston

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Shane Ralston is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University Hazleton. You can read many of his other articles at his academia.edu page.

Recent blog posts by this author

5 Reasons Why Fake News is Here to Stay

In case you haven’t been paying attention, mainstream news outlets have been screaming about the problem of fake news on social media. Some have argued that the platform engineers should filter out this false content. Others blame cyber-...

What is the Alt-Right?

A lot of ink has been spilt of late tying Donald Trump to the alt-right, a loosely affiliated group of far-right bloggers who champion white power and criticize mainstream conservatism. Some call the alt-right’s members ‘neo-fascists’; others label...

Why More Colleges Are Turning a Blind Eye to Cheating

Imagine that you’re the president of a community college. To justify your institution’s existence and your enviable salary, you must convince the board of trustees that the institution is meeting—possibly even exceeding—certain productivity...

The Dangerous Consequences of 'Distracted Parenting'

Parental overuse of portable technology, especially smart phones and tablets, can pose a genuine threat to the welfare and development of children. The phenomenon is called “distracted parenting”. It’s far too common and, in some cases, outright...

John Dewey and the Progressive Case for Homeschooling

The philosopher and public intellectual John Dewey (1859-1952) is widely known among progressive K-12 educators, education policy gurus, and university education faculty for such groundbreaking ideas as learning-by-doing, inquiry-driven curricula...

Univ. Announces Essay Contest on Child Welfare in Pedophile's Honor

The title of this essay offers news that is untrue. It satirizes the truth in order to make a critical point. Recently the Paterno Fellows Program announced an essay contest on ethical values, which is open to all Penn State University students....

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