This morning I had the opportunity to meet with interested high school students and discuss what it takes to be a reporter for a daily newspaper, more specially The Jamestown Sun.
I was one of about 30 professionals from Jamestown at the career/literacy fair day.
In total, I talked three groups of students with about 10 students in each group.
I’m sure the Marine had full groups for each session, but sometimes it feels like a warzone in here.
I discussed what goes on here, what reporters do (trust me it’s a lot more than report) the types of stories we write and some of the basic skills needed to write a story.
I found that some students were more engaged than others, and also that teaching is not an easy profession.
It was a nice change of pace to take an hour off from doing my job, to talk to some students about how I do my job.
I donâ€™t often watch documentaries because â€” well I have specific tastes that are hard to cater to â€” and lots of film markers see topics differently.
Iâ€™m not opposed to the idea of learning while I watch a movie, I just question what I want to learn.
But, beat an idea into my head long enough and eventually itâ€™ll stick. So yesterday while proofing what could very well be the last Morton Kondracke column, I read the name of the film again.
â€œWaiting for â€˜Superman.â€™â€ I cover the school board here in town so I figured itâ€™d be worth a watch.
I heard the educational system nationally was in a bind, reading about Michelle Rhee in Time Magazine and hearing from some old high school teachers from back home.
But I had no idea. I wonâ€™t get into any spoilers but at the end of the movie I was feeling disgusted that education in certain U.S. cities came down to an end like that. But elated for those lucky enough to get a leg up.
Watch the trailer and find out what I mean. Then go and rent the movie.