As the day news editor at The Augusta Chronicle, I edit local and national stories, design newspaper pages and write a weekly personal column. I love making stories better, which is what I have done for most of my 30-plus years in journalism, and have a strong background in the English language and newspaper style. Began as a reporter and worked in many positions in Southern newspapers. Have won awards from press asssociations in Georgia and Alabama for stories, editorials and columns (most recently, won top humor column in Georgia's largest newspapers in 2004 and 2008). Grew up on a farm, served nearly five years in the Navy after high school.
 
Posted August 31, 2006 12:52 pm - Updated September 8, 2006 03:39 pm

The wrong people speak out

The other night as I was driving home, I was listening to the TV news on the radio (far left end of the dial) about how the new SAT scores have fallen nationwide. The reporter was interviewing a high school girl who said she enjoyed the new writing portion of the revamped test more than the math. Her entire answer was one sentence, yet I noticed that it contained "you know" three times and "like" twice (I counted). And this was a girl who liked writing! Thank goodness she didn't enjoy math more; for her, 2 plus 2 would never equal 4. Gee, I wonder why the SATs are down? Of course, she might be a better writer than she is a speaker. Most of us are. Let’s just hope she doesn't go into teaching; her class won't have a chance. By the way, have you ever noticed that many times, when educators are interviewed on television, they sound like they need more education? Not all the time, of course, but it makes me wonder they these folks are the ones who get quoted: "Yeah, me and my class was here on the rim of the Grand Canyon, and I seen this guy just jump right in. He just went and done it before anybody could stop him." I always cringe at those interviews. Like, you know, I, like, just cringe.