Traverse City Record-Eagle
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Considering the front-page above-the-fold placement of a recent article regarding the Traverse City Central Black & Gold, I wish the article had been written with a broader perspective. The Black & Gold is one of the finest student newspapers in the state, and is the product of a journalism course that is second to none. Instructor Missi Yeomans mentored both of my daughters; one is now starting a career in media; the other, after attending Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, is pursuing a media law career.
The success of the Black & Gold is also attributable to the administration of Central High School, which has traditionally provided a forward-looking, deep understanding of the educational value of student journalism. It’s not just a course for learning to write, edit, photograph and do graphic design; it is based on the most fundamental aspects of critical thinking. Developing critical thinking results in a valuable set of skills, but it starts with trusting students to actually think — reasonably, adventurously, creatively, provocatively.
Thank you for your interest in Central’s journalism program. I hope you report the awards it will receive this year.
Teach more about less
There were two articles featured in a recent Record-Eagle that stood in marked contrast with one another. The first concerned itself with doing away with teaching cursive penmanship in our schools as part of a program called Common Core Education Standards. The second story, buried in the sports section, was about how good penmanship distinguished the legendary Arnold Palmer and served him well, on and off the golf course.
It is my opinion that there is more to the Common Core agenda than they are letting on. That said, this is not unlike a company that eliminates margin products lines, only to find, one day, they have nothing to sell or buyers who want to purchase what little they have left.
The late Paul Harvey, commenting on the Department of Education and the dismal state of our public education system, made the following observation, “We are teaching our children more and more, about less and less, until they know everything about nothing.”
Thank you, Mr. Harvey, for that bit of wisdom.
Raymond R. Hucek