Don’t know who the Taylors are? You probably know from their videos. Every Monday they get significant Internet traction from the movies they make. They cover all sorts of topics that get you thinking about the true meaning of things. This week is Christmas.
Kathryn Joyce seems to write against much of what I personally believe. She came out with an article in The American Prospect (“The Homeschool Apostates”) that challenges homeschooling, something of which I have a long and rich history. She makes an interesting connection between academic debaters and the homeschool movement, really stirring the pot of my world.
This post is one of those deep meaning-of-life posts. You may roll your eyes if you like, but perhaps you’ll find it edifying. Either which way, I find it refreshing — sort of like a confession — to publish posts like this now and then. This post is a reflection on three types of walks in my life journey.
A day hardly goes by where someone asks me about this “whole speech and debate thing,” especially in homeschool circles. I had a college student from Georgetown University ask me some pointed questions. If you’re asking questions, perhaps these answers will help you, too.
What’s your all-time favorite Christmas carol? Without thinking for a second, mine is Little Drummer Boy. I grew up a marching band drummer, but that’s beside the point. Little Drummer Boy embeds the secret of the universe in which we all live.
Christmas is probably the most significant story in history. Seriously. Whether you’re a Christian or not, the entire universe is rolled up in Christmas and Little Drummer Boy shows it. Let me explain.
Taking a few days off your Christmas vacation may be asking a lot, but I am convinced that there are young people who are going to get a ton out of the For Action Conference January 2-4 in Colorado Springs. Do yourself a favor: seriously consider making this happen. I’ve got good reason to believe it will be a turning point for your life.
I’m not sure where you’re at in your journey, but if you want to launch into an exciting story that God has for you, this is the conference to attend. The event has many outcomes for its students, but three of them are unique from any conference available for young people. Let me walk through these three outcomes with you. I hope you catch the vision for the For Action Conference and register, maybe even today. Space is limited.
Keynote speaker for the For Action Conference in January is James O’Keefe. His job is simple. He hides a camera on himself, walks into hotbeds of corruption, and posts what he finds on YouTube. I love his work, but he has enemies because of it.
I sometimes wonder how he handles the opposition. To tell you the truth, I get somewhat emotional in the middle of the interview when I ask him about this. See, James has done more “action” than most of use can hardly imagine. He brought down corrupt executives in the most highly funded networks like Planned Parenthood, ACORN and NPR. He has uncovered voter fraud that exposed how easy it is to steel votes in America, even catching congressional family members on tape participating in direct fraud.
Currently, O’Keefe is uncovering corruption in the highly funded, supposedly apolitical implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Now three videos into a multi-video investigation, O’Keefe has exposed Obamacare navagators counseling people to evade taxes and lie on applications to receive benefits they don’t legally qualify for. His latest video exposed a political action committee director in a scheme to share private data of Obamacare recipients for political gain.
What James exposes is unethical and oftentimes illegal. He and his organization, Project Veritas, deserve support. Shamefully, he gets the exact opposite, even from those who you’d think would be supportive.
A few years ago, a debate topic rumbled through the year debating the conflict between cooperation and competition. It was a fascinating conflict because there were conflict situations that fell on both sides. I’m a big believer in healthy competition in thriving economy, but cooperation can be totally awesome.
The keynote to one of our camps last summer was Michael Hyatt, bestselling author to Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. His message encouraged my 100 debaters to develop their own platforms in the brave new world of platform builders. One of my debaters asked me a followup question: “What if I don’t have a platform?”
What an incredibly honest question, asked by many young people I suspect. Young people typically are seeking a story of some sort to build a platform, but life hasn’t “happened” to them yet. They’ve got energy and enthusiasm, but no “wow” story that can lead to a platform. Yet.