October 26, 2003

Reflections of the Way Life Used to Be

That is a good song, I think from that old show, China Beach. Anyway, about those readings for journalism. I am getting tired of statistics being screwy.

I am losing faith that any good statistical evidence is out there without bias. Is it possible. I am losing all hope. Oh, my.

Now that our class is leaving this book, I am very skeptical about everything. I guess that is a good thing, but when I say that I am right, and someone says that I am wrong, I have problems finding a basis for that conclusion...hmmm.

Statistics still confuse me. In class on Friday, when we were going over the twisting of percentages in writing, I was totally confused. Maybe we could go over something like that again. Does anyone else feel like this?

I went into writing because I love it, and well, I am not great at math and science, but I know that I will have to use that in my journalistic future. Are the academic institutions out there making a huge mistake by not including more math and science in the journalistic degree? Although it pains me to say so, I think that may be the case.


Posted by Amanda Cochran at October 26, 2003 7:48 PM

I agree with you. There are many college majors that would benefit from a better understanding of math and statistics, because the world we live in is filled with math and statistics. There's no doubt that some statistical studies can be biased either intentionally or unintentionally; there are also many examples of journalists not understanding the results of these studies and mis-reporting them.

Posted by: Paige at October 26, 2003 8:37 PM

I got away from math as soon as I could. I mean, usually I'm pretty good at it, but that's only once I understand the main ideas--which CAN take forever.

I'm not a journalism major, but I do think that a bit more math and science wouldn't kill anyone. As an education major, we're required to have 2 math classes, and minimally one science credit and a lab. *dreads her future scheduling* Nonetheless, I think that a major is designed to focus on your professional needs... bring it up to Dr. Jerz--he's the new guy, ask what he thinks.

Posted by: KarissaKilgore at October 26, 2003 9:41 PM

I know nothing of statistics and can't even split a check in a restaurant. Somehow, I'm very good at calc and I took it here for my core. I'm not sure if it matters what math you learn. I believe it's more what type of thinker you are that makes the difference.

Now, the real reason why I posted: a non-sequitur.

If you are familiar with China Beach, do you know of Homefront? It used to be on TV in the 90s, then it was on TV Land for a short period of time. Favorite show -- know very few people who still remember it.

Posted by: Julie at October 26, 2003 11:18 PM

I love Homefront. It was one of my favorite shows and I watched it all the time when it was on TV Land. I loved it.

I just heard about Hercules DVDs, you know, the reruns. I wish they could do that for a good show for once like...Homefront. I can't believe you know that show. cool.

Talk tomorrow in class.

Posted by: Amanda at October 26, 2003 11:29 PM

Though I can't stand math it is good to know. I think that this school should provide a lot more information and course than it has. I think that we should have more interactions with local newspapers and publications than have math and science course because they are required as Liberal Arts core.

Posted by: Tiffany Graham at October 27, 2003 2:54 PM
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