Community College Writers

I’ll make this quick, as it is something that I am ashamed to admit bothered me as much as it did.

I got to my Introductory Psychology class a bit early yesterday and unfortunately had left my current reading materials (Newsweek or American Gods) at home. I figured there must be a school newspaper laying around the building somewhere, so I went on a short walk down the hall to find a newspaper rack with the community college student-run newspaper stacked up. It was a February issue, so I wasn’t expecting to be able to read any new news, but thought it would be enough to entertain me for 20 minutes.

Boy, was I wrong! On the first page I counted 12, 12!, grammatical errors and typos. These were not complicated words being used, or complex sentence structure. And even if they had been complex, it is a published newspaper–where was the editor?

It made me very sad to read about the “…trails, tribulations and acheivements” of black Americans on the cover of the paper.

I know that this all has to do with education, and I know that quality education is linked with higher socioeconomic status, so this is why I was frustrated with myself for being so appalled at the paper. Who am I to judge a community college newspaper when I have been given opportunities that most of the people who are attending community college (not all, by any means!) could never have even dreamed of. I was lucky enough to be born into a highly educated family. While we are not rich (in fact, my mother has less money coming in each month than if she worked a minimum wage job full time), I was able to go to a private high school and then attend an elite liberal arts college. Because of these things, I can only suppose, I have also gained a bit of arrogance when it comes to certain things, including sloppy writing.

I put the paper down without having finished a single article. Every article I turned to I was unable to finish.

When I got home last night, I was thrilled to be able to pick up American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Reading such a phenomenally written novel made my night.

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