Official blog of Clark's Blogging for Journalists class, Mass Communication department
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What you should gain from a University is an education. The knowledge and preparation to be able to succeed in the workplace field with little to no training. I believe that we get that here at UCO in the Mass Comm department.
I think David Brooks makes some really great points and suggestions for universities. I personally don't feel that I have gotten those things at UCO. However, I do feel that UCO offers opportunities to get or experience the four things Brooks suggested, I just haven't gone out in search for them.
I can say that we definitely do not gain the spiritual knowledge. I do believe it is important to learn the skill sets to know how to work in your chosen career field. I also believe it is important to have a grand understanding of others, culture, and beliefs. I think humanities is highly important.
My first reaction is that it would be hard to bring back religious observation to publically funded universities. Yeah, they were founded on religion in what the 18th century? I am sad to see the humanities become less and less of a focus in colleges. I haven't gotten the philosophical or spiritual insight studying the humanities can give you at UCO. I did when I first went to college ten years ago, but not at UCO. I had an awesome world cultures professor my freshman year, and I got lost in reading things like "The Epic of Gilgamesh."
I think that this article shows some great points and makes me realize that I haven't gotten this while attending UCO. I do think that the professors help us realize how the material that they teach will be used in the real world, but on the spirituality aspect, this is not something that is important to be taught. Sure we have to take a humanities class and be taught different religions and cultures, but it isn't taught in a way to help us develop our own spiritual way of thinking, it's just informative. I think it would benefit the students and encourage them to think this way and to help them be more open minded on different cultures.
My reaction to this article is that he has a lot of great points and in theory I think all of this sounds great. But it is just really hard to have people pay for classes and study subjects that they are not interested in. If college was free, then I'd say bring on the humanities, but asking people to pay a large sum of money for classes they are not interested in, nor affects their major is a big task. I did not think that the humanities course I took at UCO even came close to offering me what this article suggests it should have.
My reaction is that universities are moving forward. I can see why it seems like a hinderance to take away religious observation because you lose the ability to nurture the spiritual side of the student. However, at least here at UCO, student get the option to nurture that themselves through various student organizations. If the student takes the responsibility for themselves it allows them to develop their passions and create a more well rounded version of themselves.
Although I am satisfied with the education I am getting here at UCO, I still think that there should be some spiritual education. It seems as if we in America have gotten so technical, and we ponder so much on the fact that not everyone is Christian. Personally I think that since the majority of America is Christian, we should add that into our education system. If other religions don't agree with it, they don't have to listen to it or take anything as their gospel. I just think that the country is discriminating against the majority by not educating us on God in public institutions like UCO.
I think that the Mass Communication department does a great job with allowing students the opportunities to get hands-on experience in news and radio. I would love to see the department branch out into other areas of Mass Communication for students interested in other aspects of the field. With that said, I think that many universities, including UCO are growing in the right direction and does well overall at helping students to apply what they learn to real world experience and scenarios.
My reaction is that there were a lot of great points made in the article, but that it's going to be difficult to get students on board to pay more for classes that they are not interested in or do not need for their major. I feel like UCO offers these things to its students, but I personally haven't gone out to find them. I think its important for professors to teach whats important and can be applied to the real world after college.
My reaction to this article is that I think he makes plenty of outstanding points and I see where he is coming from. I can honestly say that while I have been here at UCO, I have not received the spiritual knowledge that he was talking about. I think it's very important to know and learn or at least have an understanding of different cultures. I feel that there is so much that you should want to learn in this world. No one knows it all and I do believe that humanities are an important and essential part in the learning process at universities.
I did gain that at UCO. I have a leadership minor and in many of those classed we talked about moral issues and traditions. It also helped me look into other subjects and not just be stuck on one idea of what I like and love in life. Within the leadership minor we had to think critically about issues and situations and we also learned a lot about ethics and being involved i your community after college. I think without coming to UCO and minoring in leadership, I would have not had my eyes opened to these types of things. I think UCO is an amazing university, especially with opportunities like the leadership minor.
While I don't think religion should be pressed upon a public college setting, I do think the article raises good points. I have received some spiritual teaching from UCO. Classes like media ethics have taught me how to go about finding a solution when answers to a question aren't always right or wrong, and I'm thankful for that.
This article opened my eyes to what exactly my college experience is missing. I couldn't agree more that universities don't include spiritual guidance. UCO isn't too bad but they definitely could improve. I do think students should have the option to receive more spiritual and moral guidance from their university.
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