Ugh…

As some of you may know, I teach not only English and Yearbook, but also Mass Media and Communications. I’ve always loved reading the newspaper, and when I was originally hired at Greensburg Salem, I was informed that I would have to teach the Journalism classes (that’s what they were called then.

I’m really not sure if I was even able to contain the smile that quickly formed across my face or not once I heard this. I’m going to get to teach Journalism? Really? Pinch me.

A lot has happened in these past 13 years in the field of Journalism — both good and bad. The worst thing, in my opinion, is just how divided the media has become, especially when it comes to the hot button issues. Like politics. Like religion. Like war. Like education.

Seeing as we’re early on in the semester, we’re still working with a lot of the background things that make up the mass media — its history, the vocabulary — the tools of the trade, so to speak. I was prepping a lesson on the vocab of a paper this morning and needed to use an editorial page in order to teach the facets and vocab of this specific page — it was then that I came across today’s Mallard Fillmore, written by Bruce Tinsley.

Admittedly, I’ve never really found it to be funny, but this morning’s strip just absolutely set me off. See for yourself:

I’d love to know when Mr. Tinsley was last in a classroom. I’m guessing that it’s been some time, but I could certainly be wrong.

In a write up that summarizes what Mallard Fillmore is about, I found the following: This right-leaning duck consistently addresses hot button issues, lampoons liberal politicians and the media alike, and skewers cultural establishments.

I think that it’s missing something about how ignorant it is as well — at least today’s strip, I should say.

I’m sick and tired of this perception that certain organizations push out there ¬†that students sit and do nothing all day long. This just isn’t what’s happening in education today whatsoever. Our teachers are doing great things, we’re working our butts off on a daily basis.

We’re constantly adopting new teaching and learning styles and have embraced the use of technology in our classrooms. We’re constantly under fire from people who push ideas like what you see above, and that’s a shame.

Mr. Tinsley, I teach in Room 273 at Greensburg Salem High School, located at 65 Mennel Drive in Greensburg, PA. I challenge you to come in to my classroom — and please do so unannounced, I don’t want anybody thinking that I’m putting on a show — and let’s see if what you’re presenting is anywhere even near to being close to accurate.