Back to Unschooling: “Think, Analyze, Write”

28 08 2010

Not to defend it exactly, but JJ’s top-five university bachelor’s program in news-editorial journalism in the early 70s, worked pretty much the way this younger critic describes as ideal: constant thinking, analyzing and writing for real-world experienced professors, the work heavily weighted toward history, culture, political science, government, law, economics, research and investigative techniques, even one required course on “cybernetics” to acquaint us with the basement-sized mainframe in Weil Hall —
which considering we still used manual typewriters in the J-school instead of electric, was cutting edge if not almost fancifully futuristic. (That was also my first exposure to Marshall McLuhan.)

I nevertheless take her point. Indeed I’d extend it more generally to formalized, factory model “schooling” at any level. Read, think, analyze, write no matter how old you are or where, with whom, doing what. Make learning and your life’s work a wild ride you wouldn’t trade for anything!

CU should teach its students how to think, analyze and write. Cutting the j-school is a good first step [and] . . . it should direct whatever funding remains to aggressively pursuing partnerships with innovative organizations . . .

I left Boulder nine years ago. Today, my resume shows the challenges and opportunities of journalism in the 21st Century. In addition to being a reporter and press secretary, I’ve also worked as a political strategist, editorial columnist, public policy analyst, and most recently, attorney.

It has been a wild ride I wouldn’t trade for anything . . .This will be a narrative told without its authors languishing unnecessarily in lecture halls.

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