Why We Need to Take a Stand Against Ageism and Seven Ways We Can Each Do It

When I was still teaching speech communication at a community college, I would occasionally hear ageist remarks from my students that I had to address. One time a student proposed a persuasive speech topic about why people over sixty should be required to get retested every year for their driver’s licenses. Some of the other students in the class enthusiastically supported the topic and made comments like one who said, “I see those old geezers on the road sometimes and they go so slow and have to lean over their steering wheels just to see.” Then this student pantomimed his…

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