The Ventriloquist

An online publication at and outside the boundary of evangelical Christianity.

posts by Stephanie Petersen



February 2014

Or D, None of the Above

by Stephanie Petersen, on Education, February 2014

Any casual observer of American public education has seen them-the unending, unbelievable, miserable charts, graphs and other statistics that affirm our colossal failure. From dropout rates, college retention and standardized testing data, we know without a doubt that something is not working, and that certainly no one is openly pleased about it. In a semi-intentional survey of popular media, I see that concerned citizens have selected several particular demons upon…



May 2011

The Pornography of Violence

by Stephanie Petersen, on May 2011, Violence

Since my freshperson year at Cedarville, I have been fascinated by the cultural limitations, stigma, and arbitration that seem to surround some of the university rules, regulations, and institutional preferences. I am so glad that I remained a student at Cedarville despite my personal conflicts with some of the codes of conduct; but as a graduating senior, I remain deeply disturbed by one aspect of Cedarville culture that defies my…