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Affecting Change

Posted by on November 1, 2011

This is going to be a super quick post, as I’m in the middle of writing a policy analysis paper that’s due tomorrow.  But, I wanted to get this thought down while it’s still bouncing around my head (and so I can come back to it later).

Over the past month or so, I’ve started to feel my focus, and my excitement towards my program, shifting.  While I LOVE media literacy (and let’s face it, it’s a burning passion), I’m not totally confident that that’s where I’m supposed to end up.  One of the whole reasons I wanted to pursue a Ph.D. was to have an effect on schooling.  Yeah yeah, big lofty goal, I know.  But for real, Marquette’s motto, Be the Change, has stuck with me.  I don’t know if I can affect change through media literacy.  Now policy, on the other hand, is a big possibility.

Admittedly, a lot of my thinking started to change due to the encouragement of my policy professor.  Although I’ve never taken a Political Science course in my life, I’m apparently doing fairly well.  Despite how lost I sometimes feel, or how confusing politics is, I’m starting to feel myself shift in that direction.  I mean, have you seen the politicians we have?  Surely there are other options.  With some knowledge, I could do better than them, right?  And not only that, but I could affect change through policy.  Hopefully, I could better than some of those yahoos before me.

However, I don’t really know much about the direction this takes me.  But, our department chair brought this up to me last week as a possible direction, particularly since I don’t have the teaching experience that would land me a job in a Teacher Ed program.  With registration coming up for next semester, this is something I think I need to keep chewing on.

Granted, I need to make it through statistics first.  :/  But that’s a blog for a different day.

 

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