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This book, written by a high school teacher, explores difficulties experienced by high school students who do not believe in any god or who are wrestling with that issue. It is a very valuable guide for them, for their peers, for teachers, for parents, for school administrators, and for everyone who is willing to face this growing phenomenon among our nation's teens. It held my attention from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.
This was a fantastic, well-researched book. There are many stories about young atheists (and theists) who have strived for separation of church and state at their public school, as well as useful recommendations on what EVERYONE can do to help. I wish I had read this in high school; there is so much valuable information on what is or is not allowed in public schools (legally,) how many people try to blur the line, how to proceed if your school or government is mixing religion and politics, etc. I would strongly recommend this to everyone; it applies to atheists, theists, young people in school, older people who have graduated, etc. It has so much valuable information. Even if you are a theist, you can get a better idea for how some atheists are ostracized in schools, and the extraordinary measures they have to take for equality. An easy read that I highly recommend.
I love the author and read his blog every day. His videos are great, but for this book I was hoping for more of a simple how-to type of guide to help a young atheist to respond to society's attacks on atheism. For example, if a bigoted person says such-and-such, a good response would be "X." He could have followed that up with more background and detail after each example, but young people need immediate suggestions on how to respond.
When I was in high school I was an atheist because I rejected my parents religion. I was involved in protests and was kicked out of multiple assemblies for not standing during the national anthem. This book really hit home for me. I recommend it to anyone with children, or to anyone currently in school and struggling with thinking they are the only atheist.
This is a wonderful and much needed book that addresses being an atheist student in America today. The author, a long-time blogger, has a refreshingly clear writing style that is accessible to students, parents, teachers and the general public, who are concerned about how non-religious students are ostracized in public schools. I would particularly urge those who feel that organized prayer in schools hurts no one to read the first chapter and then imagine themselves in a place where their personal beliefs are denigrated.
As it says in the title, this is a step by step guide that should be read by any atheist teenager unfortunate enough to live in a close-minded community. I like it that the author doesn't shies away from presenting the harsh consequences of fighting for your beliefs when in the minority in such an environment.