I have a much broader perspective of academic speech and debate than most. While the typical coach or student narrows their peripheral vision to just their league, I have an inherent need to stay flexible. So I created a Google Spreadsheet to explain the diversity among the three leagues I focus most on: NSDA, NCFCA and Stoa.
“It’s harder not to love.”
I know that I should ignore unhelpful criticism, but there is one that gets under my skin. The judgment that says, “Chris Jeub, you’re faking it.” Faking joy, faking smiles, faking love. Let me respond to that.
Yesterday’s Parli rounds started with the resolution: “This House believes Batman would be a better president than Superman.” This was my Noah and Tabitha’s debut into parliamentary debate. It made me think of this meme…
Am I the only person who sees the lacking vision in Western thought today? It does not appear that any of our leaders (or potential leaders) has a reasonable response to the tragedy in Brussels, and a reasonable response is not too difficult to imagine.
Guess who I hung out with at the National Invitational Tournament of Champions last year? Two “alumni,” now 26, who are legends in the homeschool speech and debate circuit. Our visit sprung a few ideas for alumni who, I suspect, are the untapped audience of any forensics league.
Not sure about you, but my hairs raise when someone speaks of their “spiritual gifts.” It isn’t the recognition to the gifts that bother me. It is the all-too-common requirement that I should yield to that certain someone’s authority because of the spiritual gifting. I had to sever a friendship over this.
I was one of twenty Catholic 8th graders who bussed across the country to Washington, D.C. in 1984. It was our class trip, and one of us was Paul Ryan, today the most powerful man in the US Congress.
Is my masculinity threatened when I say Cinderella has the best scene in movie history that should move a real man to his knees? Anyone, for that matter.