I love when the media tosses numbers around because they can make people look either brilliant or foolish. For example…
Check out this great story, the tale of Sharron Pearson. Sharon is the first student from the Los Angeles school to be accepted by Oxford Tradition. She has a scholarship but figures she needs $2,500 for airfare and other expenses.
That story resulted in this story, a follow-up about, you guessed it, Sharon Pearson, the first student from the Los Angeles school to be accepted by Oxford Tradition. (The money came a flowin’!)
Makes your heart kinda go all weepy, doesn’t it? People are, I believe (actually I have to believe this otherwise I couldn’t press on in this world) fundamentally good.
But as I said, when the media tosses around numbers it can also make us look foolish. Take for example this story about our impending college graduate shortage.
Do you wanna know why there’s no hyperlink to a feel-good follow up? Because right now, my faith is a bit low that numbers like the ones cited in the story are going to spur enough people into action. I mean the Governator keeps slashing the education budget as if it’ economically prudent in the long term to short change today’s kids in terms of funding their education and the resistance we see being offered to his ideas is feeble at best.
Makes us look pretty foolish, doesn’t it.
Obviously, there are a heck of a lot of people working their tails off so that we don’t end up in an “I told you so” nation… but don’t say they never told us so.