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    Alexander Riley

    Alexander Riley is a professor of sociology at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Scholars. All views expressed are his and do not represent the views of his employer.

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  • The Berenstain Bears and Traditional Parenting

    The Berenstain Bears and Traditional Parenting1

    I consider myself a scholarly expert on the Berenstain Bears. Not because I’ve actually written any scholarly works on the series of books by Stan and Jan Berenstain, but just because I’m an academic and I have read and reread dozens of Berenstain books for more than a decade with first one daughter and now

  • Defining ‘Woke’

    Defining ‘Woke’7

    In a recent interview, Bethany Mandel, author of Stolen Youth, a book discussing how woke ideology is erasing childhood, was asked to define the term woke and froze. The media has predictably had a field day with this. We can be sympathetic to Mandel’s explanation of the stress she was feeling in the moment. At

  • Remembering the Moral Lessons of Mayberry

    Remembering the Moral Lessons of Mayberry3

    When I was in the third grade, every day after school I walked to the beauty shop where my mother worked and usually stayed there until she closed for the day. There was a small black-and-white television set in the front of the shop, and after I dealt with any homework, I got to spend

  • The Confused ‘Gender Queer’ World the Left Is Making for Children

    The Confused ‘Gender Queer’ World the Left Is Making for Children0

    One of my favorite current sources of unintentional humor, NPR, provided another comedy jewel the other day. It was an interview with Maia Kobabe, the author of Gender Queer: A Memoir, a book NPR describes as a “graphic memoir” (meaning it includes illustrations throughout like a comic book). This book has been getting critical attention