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The saddest thing about high school education is that teachers spend so much time prepping students for standardized testing that they fail to actually teach and inspire students. In my honors English class, we watched the movies instead of reading the books. Doing this left us more time to prep for standardized testing. Although there is no rigorous monkey see, monkey do of standardized test prep in college, there is still a lack of substance in classrooms.

I’ve noticed that I’ve become less concerned about the content in my class, worrying instead about the amount of tests and homework assignments.

I need to make an A.

What can I do to make an A?

I will spend hours spitting words onto a paper analyzing a book or a dissertation, but don’t have any time to actually read the book or the dissertation. On tests, I’m only regurgitating the words of noble professors instead of applying thought of my understanding of the answers on my exam.

Many professors are stuck in this hamster wheel as well. They, too, are forced to adhere to regulations of an academic course.

What is a proper classroom? How can we make them all the same?  What does a “good” student look like?

In the end, most classes are just addresses in collegiate suburbia with well- watered lawns and white, picket fences. God forbid a student walks down the street in anything less than a beehive hairdo and an argyle sweater. In other words, the degree at which a student can work hard to fake it determines whether they pass or fail.

Of course, there needs to be structure. There needs to be a line drawn. In all my ranting, I’ve failed to express appreciation for the thought- provoking classes I’ve been fortunate enough to attend. However, in all of our efforts to improve education, we’ve dumbed down our generation. Not all students learn the same or look the same. Sadly, most of them won’t realize their potential for higher education, because their scores on a test said they were too dumb.

Seeing education in this light, does this mean we’re sending robots into the work force who haven’t a clue how to solve real problems?

Or, is life just one big fake it until you make it?

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In a time where economy is makes jobs uncertain, starting salaries for PR careers are expected to rise. PR Daily wrote an article about what PR students should expect to get paid once they land the big one. Of course, one has to land the big one first, which is a whole other post in itself. In the meantime, take hope in the increasing appreciation of rookie job position. The graphic below is an excellent breakdown of job positions in the public relations.

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Comment Examples

Since social networking seems to be a hot topic and such a necessity, I decided to include some examples of comments below. Coming soon, will be a post exclusively devoted to comments and comment etiquette. I will continually add to this post as I write more to other bloggers.

To Rena Kosiek:

“I liked how you put a narrative twist on a simple blog post. He was personable with our class, indeed, and I’m really glad he came to speak. As I have a major in Journalism and PR, I’m interested in the relationship between the two professionals. He gave a very real perspective on that relationship. When I meet people like him, I’m usually in awe of their management skills. With all the “noise,” as he put it, floating around it’s hard to keep things in perspective. It seems like we’re constantly sorting and categorizing information in our brain. The answer he gave you was very wise. Build relationships! Nobody likes to be used, and it’s sometimes hard to find genuine people in the professional world. I think a goal of mine will be to stay as human as humanly possible in the workplace. ”

To Elijah Gill:

“Hey, you got a better grade than I did on the test! The test is extremely hard, but at least it challenges you. I found the course very interesting, and I’m glad that there is a website there to provide such great advice. My favorite part about it is that it’s free! I feel like I learn more in some of their other courses than I’ve learned in my classes. Weird. It’s also nice that they let you learn at your own pace, which probably isn’t a great thing for me, since I’m a little scatterbrained. ”

To Brianna Huisinga:

“Great advice! Since I was assigned to do this, too, for PR class, it’ll be hard not to steal your ideas! Number one is definitely my biggest downfall. It’s horrible to get behind, because posts easily pile up. Devoting time to blogging each day will help this process become more habitual. However, since the topics are interesting in PR class, catching up doesn’t seem too bad. In another class, though, I neglected to follow # eight and picked a topic that I hated more and more as the class went on. Since I hated writing about this topic, I had a hard time finding information and finding motivation for my posts. I think your best bit of advice is number 9: do your best work. Oh, so wise. You’re name will definitely be attached to your blog, so it’s important to polish it for whoever may come across it in the future. ”

To Brianna Huisinga:

“Following teen idols from our past? What a great idea! It almost seems like they’ve dropped off the planet, since their days on tour, Disney, etc. It’ll be interesting to see what they tweet about now that they’re out of the limelight (for the most part). I follow Alyssa Milano on Twitter, and she seems to be very well-versed in social media. She must have the strongest finger muscles in the world, because she is constantly tweeting! I just want to know who the ventriloquist dummy is…Taj Mowry?”

To Whitness07:

“I’m a big fan of PROpenMic, and thanks for being one of my first friends on the site, by the way! I know you want to do PR in the future, so I’m sure it’ll be helpful to you. OpenMic just seems like such a nice place to network in, too. It’s small enough to encourage conversation, but big enough to be reputable. And, I love any site set-up for students. Finally, somebody is throwing us a bone! I’m hoping it could somehow provide opportunities for me as well. Let’s cross our fingers, shall we?”

To: Whitness07:

“I think that doing a audio memo is very innovative. I would never think of doing that! But, if my employer sent one out, I’d probably listen to it just out of curiosity. I get newsletters all the time from organizations I’m apart of, and I shamefully admit that I rarely look at them.
Also, I’ve been hearing so much about Linked in that I made a profile. I probably should’ve made a resume first to put in it. Eventually, it’ll be a good move, though, I’m sure. Have you made one? ”

To: YLakeland about First Friday:

“I’m so glad that Lakeland is embracing dance in this way! I’m originally from a small town in North Carolina that would never do anything like this! I think this is very refreshing, and will give the youth of this community an appreciation for the arts. I hope there will be more of this in the future.”

To Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson:

“I am one of Barbara Nixon’s students, and I appreciated the time you spent talking about AP style. I have switched from a major in English to a major in Journalism/Public Relations, and am AP stupid! I never thought about the different styles of AP or the different spellings of English words (American and British). Thanks for shedding light on the subject.”

To Brianna Huisinga:

“I like that you put how ‘blogs are interactive.’ All of the better ones are! Also, thanks for incorporating rules about angry rants, because reading them is not a good experience.”

To Mikelle Liette:

“I loved your introduction! I definitely can relate. You led me into your article very well. Keep up the good work!”

To Relentless Reverie:

“I checked out Grammar Girl’s site, too, and loved it. I’m a little bit of a grammar nerd, but consider myself an amatuer compared to her! The New Zealand situation surprised me! I can’t believe they’re letting their students slack like that. I hope America won’t accept low standards, too.”

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