The Weekly Student Spotlight is a feature I began this past summer with my last Rhetoric of Comics class, in which I posted a blurb from and link to an exceptional blog post made by a student. The idea was to encourage better blog posting by my students through the promise of bonus points for posts selected and to increase feedback by opening their work to another audience. We got off to late start with blogging this semester, so the feature wasn't really necessary. But as both my Movies in the Classroom Learning Community class and my non-LC English 111 near their blog-heavy case studies, it seemed an appropriate time to resume the feature.
And since my Movies LC class is blogging for their Case Study about Scott Pilgrim vs. The World while my non-LC English class' Case Study is about the Texas Board of Education's Social Studies curriculum changes last spring (which involve decreased emphasis on Thomas Jefferson for his belief in the separation of church and state), I thought I'd also give extra bonus points to whichever post has the most comments at the end of the week--yes, I'm trying to guilt you, Dear Reader, into commenting on their work. Not to worry if you aren't familiar with the issues, because the best posts accurately summarize them for you; just click on their titles for the link! So without further ado,
In the article “Scott Pilgrim vs. the Unfortunate Tendency to Review Audiences”, the writer, Linda Holmes discusses how some film critics have been stereotyping their opinion of intended audiences for the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World...I agree with Linda all the way on this issue, just because you hate a movie doesn’t mean you can hate on the people who like the movie or want to see it. I have not seen the movie, but it looks pretty awesome, and like Linda I am not a gamer, I’m not a teenage boy, I’m pretty sure I don’t have ADD and I have a life. My life heavily involves watching amazing movies, and this is one I plan on seeing.
Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?
“The Wall of Separation” by Daniel L. Dreisbach begins with the presidential election between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Religion has always played a role when it comes to political campaigns. In this particular presidency election between Jefferson and Adams, religion was one of the main things that made this election so intriguing. One of the main arguments about this election was the religious backgrounds of both candidates. A majority of people believed that Thomas Jefferson was not fit to be president because he had no set religion...In 1802, President Jefferson wrote a letter. In this letter he talks about the first amendment and how it “denied Congress the authority to establish a religion or prohibit its free exercise, thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.” This metaphor has been interpreted several different ways. This “wall” has censored religious expression in schools, stripping public spaces of religious symbols, and denying public benefits to faith communities.