As a 1967 Howell (Michigan) High School graduate and 1980 Michigan State University graduate, I retired in 2009 after almost 30 years in education with the final 24 years being at Wayland Union Schools in Wayland, MI. My primary high school classroom assignments included Journalism I – Intro to News English Writing along with Journalism II – Desktop Publishing. In Journalism II my students designed and produced print and online versions of three scholastic publications: the high school school newspaper (Paw Prints), yearbook (Cats Tales) and literary/arts magazine (Masters). Additionally, I often taught one or more sections of such courses as Current Issues, Technical Writing, Creative Writing, College Writing and Drama as Literature.
No matter the fleeting trends in Education, I preferred to think of my content area as being teen-agers who deserved the right to interact with a generally-decent, mostly-stable, reliable classroom teacher on a daily basis. Anything academic or administrative that got in the way of working with parents to help their students become better people in June than they were in September, I’d happily shortcut or bypass altogether.
As you might imagine my interests lie in all-things-education – the state of public schools – and mass media. But since I took a rather non-traditional, circuitous route from high school to college graduation – worked a variety of jobs and near-careers and I’m the father of two adult children, have four grandchildren whose been married to my high school sweetheart since 1968 – well, like all good journalists, I often find myself having “a little to say about a lot of things.” Just ask my family!
My weekly online-newspaper columns known as the “Monday Moan” (which moniker I should note is reference to the late-Bob Talbert, a long-time columnist for the Detroit Free Press) can also be found at http://townbroadcast.com/ which is owned, managed and published by my friend and long-time (now semi-retired) weekly newspaper editor, David T. Young.
And finally, speaking of monikers, “Mister Journalism” is thanks to former student, Karla Barr!