The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, October 14, 1998, Page 2, Image 2

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TI- ie CI ac I< amas P rìnt
Wednesday, October 14, 1998
oursing below our familiar au the environment provided by the
tumn rituals here at Clackamas campus community: instructor men­
tors in the flesh, and a progression
and other community colleges, runs
a controversy that will change edu­ leading from a comfortable home to
the Sodom and Gomorrah of the
cation at this level forever.
In several sessions on this cam­ university. They are learning more
pus, there have been some spirited than just how to take notes at a lec­
debates on distance learning, a com­ ture, write a paper and allocate time,
puter based learning program. This they are learning about dating and
debate involves instruc­
tors and administrators of
this and other colleges, as
well the governments of
several western states,
whose governors a few
years back piled a bunch ROBERT SCHOENBERG
of taxpayers’ money into Editor-In-Chief
promoting the distance
dorms, beer drinking and sports and
learning programs.
For the most part, the students how to bet on them. The college ex­
have not taken much part in this de­ perience is a social event that should
bate, one way or the other. That is not be passed by.
because they aren’t where the fear
This is all fine for those who need
is: students will seek out the educa­ to pass this gauntlet, but the non-tra-
tion where they can get it no matter ditional student is already beyond
whether it is traditional lecture/class- that game, they want the steak right
room or distance learning. No, the now and forget all that stuff about
fear is with the instructors—fear of sizzle.
interviewed by the Oregonian, sadly a change that is taking place with
The non-traditional student rep­
sums up this attitude well: “I always no real guarantee that they will not resents different needs for education
wanted to vote. I thought it would soon be replaced by a keyboard, a and Clackamas needs to address this
be fun. It’s like an adult thing to screen and a humongous network by splitting in two and developing
server run by computer gremlins.
both methods of educating in order
I hardly think that the patriots
The past is familiar ground, it can to be a viable business.
whose blood “refreshed the Tree pf be traversed in safety and comfort.
We are in fact an economically
Liberty” made their sacrifice so that The future on the other hand is a driven progression based on com­
Mr. Hembrick could feel like a murky path that may end up where petition and the needs of the con­
grown-up. Something so easily you didn’t want to go.
sumer. Using distance learning is
gained is too easily taken for
In the past, the “delivery system,” just a recognition of that fact. The
as Dr. John Keyser put it recently at consumer in this case is the student
I do not claim expert knowledge one such debate, was and still is who wants to get what is necessary
in these matters. My study of po­ based on teenagers coming out of to move ahead. We will need to
litical science has left me with more high school and continuing to learn serve these two masters, the tradi­
questions than answers. But as a in the traditional classroom/lecture tional and the non-traditional stu­
Christian and an American, I believe experience. This is arite-of-passage dent. The sooner we reach out to
it is my responsibility to both par­ experience that produces a type of them the faster we also will progress.
ticipate intelligently in the self-gov­ citizen much like ourselves. Sort of
The profile of the student is
erning process and to act if neces­ a cloning process.
changing and the way that they are
sary as a conscience for my coun­
At Clackamas there is also the educated is splitting into two meth­
non-traditional student. Looking at ods. The non-traditional student is
We, the few, the proud, the 18- the demographics of the college, in looking for convenience and speed
and-over, are the government. That fact, the average age of a Clacka­ while the traditional student is look­
great shepherd king, David, ruler of mas student is 35 to 37 years old: ing into the same manner of instruc­
Israel, declared at the end of his life, old enough to remember what it was tion they received in high school.
“He that rules over men must be just, like before computers.
The community college should and
ruling in the fear of God. And he
These non-traditional students are can react faster than the university
shall be as the sunrise on a cloud­ also the ones to benefit most from in meeting these needs and trans­
less day.”
distance learning, not the teenagers form themselves into a college that
Government in the interest of the who have had computers strapped can meet the demands of both
people will only be enacted by in­ to their face since discovering Game groups, both classroom lecture style
terested people. I show you a more Boy.
and the newer computer based in­
excellent way.
The traditional student still needs struction.
The Sacred
& The Profane
t is the dawn of yet another year
in his book, What’s Wrong with the
for students and voters alike. It World, that “We forget that, while
is ironic, then, that Associated Stu­ we agree on the abuses of things, we
dent Government has sponsored should differ very much about the
another annual campus incursion of uses of them. Mr. Cadbury and I
Rock The Vote, driving
nails into the respective
coffins of both the insti­
tutions of scholarship
and citizenship.
I believe that Rock the
Vote, far from occupying
the pedestal of heroic Copy Editor
Champion of the Demo­
cratic Process that it claims, is det­ would®
rimental to the sacred trust placed agree about I
bad I
in the voting public.
This belief was rather unfortu­ public- I
nately confirmed in last week’s fes­ house. It ||
The Altar of an
Unkown God
tivities, in which propaganda mated
with ignorance to produce an off­
spring of oppression.
Why do I consider Rock the Vote
harmful? After all, it raises politi­
cal awareness among young citizens
and encourages them to vote and
thus take part in the political pro­
cess through voting, right? I say thee
nay—political awareness is the one
thing Rock the Vote doesnoi encour-
An ASG officer may have told the
Oregonianin the Wed. Oct. 7 issue
that “we are trying to educate [stu­
dents] so they are voting intelli­
gently,” but the only “educational”
material I found during the three
days of vote rocking were campaign
pamphlets either arguing for candi­
dates’ individual sainthood or de­
monizing their opponents. There
was nothing available that could not
be gained through viewing a TV
The various speakers were no bet­
ter, their presentations consisting of
little more than the usual I-feel-your-
pain snowjob. When Bill Sizemore
spoke in the Gregory Forum on
Tuesday, he didn’t ask us what our
concerns were; he as much as told
us what they were. He controlled
the discussion.
Mr. Sizemore may indeed be the
better candidate. How would I
know? The information dissemi­
nated was more surface than sub­
stance. “I think taxes are too high,”
insists Sizemore. Big deal. Any­
one can say that; we all recognize
the disease. It is the cure which gives
cause for debate.
In 1910, G. K. Chesterton wrote
would be ®
precisely in front of the good pub­
lic-house that our painful personal
fracas would occur.”
In other words, we all agree (to
some extent) what the problems are.
It is because we disagree on solu­
tions that a political debate exists at
And by and large, very few solu­
tions were discussed last week. The
skills of politicians are persuasive
rather than informative. They may
be able to convince you that black
is white, but that doesn’t leave you
better educated.
The architects of this great experi­
ment to reconcile Liberty with Law
established not a democratic, but
republican system of government,
since they believed that the common
man given true democratic control
would surrender his liberty to the
ones with the biggest pockets and
most honeyed tongues.
The solution of Madison and
Jefferson (Hamilton was far less
charitable) was education— teach
them to be citizens, and they will rise
to the occasion. Political education
is the true calling of our First-
Amendment-protected television
and print media, and of the public
education system.
countereducational because it fo­
cuses on a single instant in the po­
litical process—the ballot box—and
ignores the years in between where
actual governing takes place.
Furthermore, it treats lightly a
prize gained by the blood and tears
of Americans throughout history. A
new voter and Clackamas student,
Editor in Chief:
Robert Schoenberg (x2576)
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