Friday, November 30, 2007
Style Over Substance
Today I was thinking about education for a work I plan to do on it, specifically one of the main problems I see with it: an emphasis of style over substance. More specifically, we are replacing content with so-called skills. And then I ran across this article here on the requirements CBS has listed for a potential reporter on ecological issues. They say they want someone who is "wicked smart, funny, irreverent and hip, oozing enthusiasm and creative energy. This position requires strong people, reporting, story telling and writing skills. Managing tight deadlines should be second nature." Lots of skills listed here. But do they have to know anything? The ad says, "Knowledge of the enviro beat is a big plus, but not a requirement.” Please note that it says knowledge of the "beat," not of ecology or the environment or anything of the sort. Apparently, knowing about ecology is not at all necessary to cover it. And why not? After all, Lou Dobbs knows nothing about the economy, but he not only reports on it, but gives his ignorant opinions on it as well. Looks like we'll be getting the Lou Dobbs of the environment over at CBS soon. No wonder our schools don't teach anything if jobs like this don't require that anyone know anything.