I'm so proud of my son Lucien I don't know how to describe it. He's 13 years old now and that's brought a few issues, as parents of teens have warned me. But today he finished third among 100 or so public middle school kids in the latest New Orleans citywide debate tournament, and he's feeling on top of the world.
It's a lot of hard work and prep for the students, and great entertainment for the audience to hear the kids go at it on existential questions like these:
- "John Cage's 4'33: Is it music?"
- "Graffiti is art, not vandalism."
- "Mardi Gras is a waste of time and resources."
- "Wal-Mart is good for America."