Molding the youth of Jamestown

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.

Still waiting

I don’t often watch documentaries because — well I have specific tastes that are hard to cater to — and lots of film markers see topics differently.

I’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 it’ll stick. So yesterday while proofing what could very well be the last Morton Kondracke column, I read the name of the film again.

“Waiting for ‘Superman.’” I cover the school board here in town so I figured it’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 won’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.