This award-winning speech was given at the 2004 International Speech Contest series in Central Florida.
It’s not often that two of my pet topics – individualism and childfree-ness – come together in one essay in this form, but there are times when you have to jump at the opportunity when it arises.
Like many conferences, the lessons to be taken away from Academic conferences often have very little to do with anything that people actually spoke about. In this particular case, one of the lessons to be taken away is how Queer Studies, Gender Studies, and African-American Studies appear to have successfully sealed their own death sentence.
The not-so-subtle encroachment of government will upon individuals cannot be taken lightly. Take a look at the Terry Shiavo and Rachel Boim cases.
Did you know that when you make a joke, you are attempting to control a relationship? Yeah, I bet that was foremost on your mind as well.
By now the story about teaching Islam in California’s government schools should be pretty well known. Most conservative organizations and authors lament the fact that no other religion is taught in those schools, as well as the fact that the negative aspects of Islam are often glossed over or ignored. These conservatives are, however, seriously missing the point.
It’s interesting how history repeats itself if you know where to look. Sometimes, even if you don’t know where to look, serendipity looks you right in the eye and smacks you upside the head.
Sometimes it’s difficult to understand what’s truly at stake with race relations when it comes to Affirmative Action.
A controversial post that remains valid today.
There have been several disturbing polls in the past year that are truly frightening. In them, a trend is emerging: the American citizenry is becoming more and more willing to trade in its precious freedoms (the little that they have) for the perception of security.
Perhaps there is nothing more controversial in a classroom as the grading procedures. I have long been an staunch critic of the traditional “percentage” system of grading, for a number of reasons. As I enter the classroom yet again, my controversial system is again called in question, and I feel that perhaps this might be a useful description of why and how I grade the way I do.