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Monday, July 27, 2009

Ugh...subject lines

  • Work place experience versus schoolroom education
  • Social Networking
  • The constructs of family...
  • Mythology
  • How we perceive crime...
  • Potential of the horror genre in a TV environment
  • What defines art..
  • Heroes and Villians (some even of the 'super' nature)
  • The New Media (Twitter, podcasts, etc...) and the future of how we get the news
I just listened to a very interesting piece regarding the Crow Paradox on NPR. Very interesting stuff. Crow's can identify an individual person and remember them for years and years, but humans are essentially capable of identifying any crow out of a group, regardless of how much time they've spent with the bird. Craziness. Here's you link - The Crow Paradox. I actually knew that about crows, the remembering faces thing, but it's still interesting.

So anyways, today I want to talk a little bit about the whole school versus work experience thing. So most of the people who read and sometimes participate here, are at the age where we are just finishing up college...entering the workplace and figuring out how little we really know. Many of us have suffered the frustrations of the real world where you apply for a great job, you interview and you think it goes great, don't have enough experience. This obviously sets up the catch-22 of you can't get a job because you don't have experience and you can't get experience without a job. So, as your struggling through this frustration you think - why do I need experience? I'll get it there, I have my schooling so I know what I'm doing. Yeah - if you haven't realized it yet, you know nothing. So what to do about it - when we leave high school, from public schools, we're hardly ready for college (just me?) And then when we graduate, we're not ready for work! Whatever happened to the good old apprentice system? In modern times we have the terrible internship program (work for free?) and the co-op system which is good, but not as popular because companies don't want to pay for someone to learn (and yet, most companies are willing to pay for their already present employees to go back to school).

I don't have a whole lot of thoughts on this, but it seems off in the modern age. Thoughts?

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