I’ve taken a literature class nearly every year of my life, but never has a question so basic as “What is good writing?” come up. Literary technique, what should be the focus of the class, is never discussed. How does an author develop plot? How can an author control mood or tone in his writing? What is the advantage of one author’s methods over another’s? Such matters are never discussed. We read for the sake of reading, to talk about our interpretations in class as though we were in a book club. But no attention is paid to why we read the books we do, what makes them so special. And this pattern, grade for the sake of a grade, work for the sake of work, can be found everywhere. Ladies and gentlemen, the spirit of intellectual thought is lost.
The principal was correct to interrupt his speech. It was not the speech that had been practiced and approved by the faculty. Would they have approved the speech he gave? We'll never know, because the faculty members in charge were not given the opportunity to do so. The new speech was a premeditated deception. That, to me, is the real issue. I hope that as Kareem Elnahal matures, he will develop more ethical decision-making skills.
Kim and I are proud to announce the birth of our first child, Katherine Zoe Erickson, on Friday, June 30 at 11:52am, at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. At birth she weighed 7lbs 2oz and measured 19 1/2 inches long. She has a full head of dark brown hair and very dark (almost black) eyes.
Baby, mom, and dad are all healthy and happy. The dog, however, is quite jealous.