Help My Former Speech Students Win Some Money!

A few of my former students are on the University of Illinois Speech Team and they pay their own way to travel to tournaments.

Well, as it turns out, Zipcar is having a contest where they can win $5,500 in car credit — and it would help them out tremendously. (Plus, they’re up against engineers at UC Berkeley and we all know they’re just made of cash so they must be destroyed.) [Read more…]

Ask Richard: Atheist Seeks Greater Meaning in Her Life

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Hi Richard – I’m an atheist in my late 20’s who grew up in a nondenominational, but spiritual family. No mention of Jesus – or even God, necessarily – but a lot of emphasis was put on leading a thoughtful, serene, aware life. Those meaningful [Read More…]

Some Good News on the Teaching Front… I Think

I found out on Saturday that I passed my National Board Certification for high school math. (Cue mini-celebration.) [Read more…]

Senator Marco Rubio on the Age of the Earth: ‘I’m Not Sure We’ll Ever Be Able to Answer That’

Senator Marco Rubio is one of the GOP’s bright spots (in their mind, anyway). He’s from Florida (a swing state), he can reach out to Hispanic voters in a way very few Republicans can right now, he’s young, he’s handsome… and when you read a response he gave to reporter Michael Hainey in an interview for GQ, you realize he’s just as intellectually bankrupt as pretty much everyone else in the party. [Read more…]

Minnesota Gophers Receiver Leaves Team Because of Verbal Abuse by Coaches, Including Attacks on His Atheism

In an interesting showcase of the power of the internet, the University of Minnesota’s leading receiver AJ Barker left the team via a letter to his coach, Jerry Kill. He posted this letter, which explained his reason for leaving the team, on Tumblr and made his allegations public. [Read more…]