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Campbell High gets the presidential magic.

By johnboy 17 November 2011 27

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Apparently the president is only comfortable talking to journalists so the journalism students at Campbell High are getting the honour of a Q and A before POTUS is wheels up at 1.

As a journalist I’ll confess to being horrified that journalism is being taught at High School.

Teach them how to write and some history first for gods sake.

UPDATE: The ABC has footage of the visit online.

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whitelaughter 11:26 pm 18 Nov 11

ebnt said :

Plenty of people to be upset about, but the students aren’t on my list.

True – and if it encourages the students to keep an eye on politics, then they may even be better informed voters when the time comes.

ebnt 1:04 pm 18 Nov 11

No point (in fact, just mean) being harsh on the students – many of those guys are much more socially and politically aware and active than most adults I know, so give them a break. And what sort of questions are you expecting? There is a reason politicians visit schools and malls, and it’s not to get policy advice. Plenty of people to be upset about, but the students aren’t on my list.

Ian 11:43 am 18 Nov 11

funkylovebunny said :

I think Campbell High was chosen simply for security purposes. Likely the area around the War Memorial was formally secured (secret service standard), and it was easy to just expand the area a little to encompass Campbell High than to close roads, etc. elsewhere. Also, the CHS journalism teacher apparently wrote & suggested the visit.

Prof Brian Schmidt (the Nobel Prize guy) was just saying on ABC radio that the installation of bullet proof glass in the library windows last week was a bit of a giveaway. His son goes to Campbell.

Holden Caulfield 9:24 am 18 Nov 11

Henry82 said :

I-filed said :

asked the president which US president he admired. Wasted opportunity – but it gets better (worse). The second question ….”Would you be interested in making your announcements alongside Justin Bieber?”

I don’t think they’re interested in what he has to say anyway. Whats the best that could happen? any decent questions are going to be censored anyway. Its just puff for the evening news.

I think the point I-filled is desperately trying to make, but has been skirting around, is … it’s all Julia’s fault. Everything.

Henry82 2:09 am 18 Nov 11

I-filed said :

asked the president which US president he admired. Wasted opportunity – but it gets better (worse). The second question ….”Would you be interested in making your announcements alongside Justin Bieber?”

I don’t think they’re interested in what he has to say anyway. Whats the best that could happen? any decent questions are going to be censored anyway. Its just puff for the evening news.

whitelaughter 1:13 am 18 Nov 11

alaninoz said :

It’s OK to teach them about journalism, so long as they’re not being taught how to be journalists. Studying journalism may teach them to recognise the crap that generally passes for journalism in the popular media.

I had the misfortune to have a ‘journalism’ unit included as an English unit in high school. We were required to write an ‘essay’ but ignore all contradicting evidence to the point we wanted to make. I refused to do so on moral grounds (and included and rebuted counter arguments) and so was given a failing mark.

caf 10:56 pm 17 Nov 11

astrojax said :

pity campbell and reid had to become carparks for an hour or so while potus cast about his magic dust. wonder how many people missed planes for not being able traverse the anzac line – takes one back to gallipoli, huh?

Anyone who had a plane to catch this morning and decided to go via Limestone without planning to leave considerably early really only has themselves to blame. It’s not like this wasn’t widely publicised.

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