Creative writing in 5th grade: what thoughts can proceed from the mind of a 10 years old? I submit that what comes out of his mind is what went in in the first place. In one assignment given to me at this age I demonstrated the role of media input much to the dismay of my mother. The assignment was to list 10 reasons your parents did not sign the homework. My reasons prompted a phone call home, and had I been a 5th grader at the time of this writing, I would have been sent to a psychologist and probably placed on state-ordered treatment.
In 2012, a lawmaker privately funded a monument to the Ten Commandments erected on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol. Since then, there have been a few lawsuits questioning the legality of such a monument on grounds of separation of Church and State from Atheist groups as well as the ACLU.
I just read in the news today that the owner of Sweetcakes in Oregon is closing down its business after a same-sex couple was refused service. The state has a provision on the law books that prevents denial of private business services based on sexual orientation. The debate has its supporters and opponents, with one side screaming 'INTOLERANCE!', though I am not sure why the other side is not doing the same.
Americans are always looking for a magic bullet. Whether it is money, health, or spiritual growth. We can spot these all around us if we look, and I know that there was a time when I was a victim of the mentality myself. I was in college studying biology, chemistry, physics and the like.
For today's article, I wanted to resurrect a letter that I wrote almost five years ago. To set the stage, I had just graduated with my doctors degree and I was teaching at Bucknell University. I was always in contact with several of my teachers from High School and I noticed that my old principal was still at the school, so I sent an email detailing my academic accomplishments.