Blogging problems

My problem with blogging is I care way too much about everything that I do. I am like an extreme perfectionists, either I do it right or I don’t do it. It’s a serious strength and weakness. It’s the problem with our generation, for the most part gathering information is not what is hard for kids in college and in school. What is difficult is the mundane routine, the digging up of old information and not thinking about things yourself enough. Rutgers is a research university and therefore it makes sense that in most courses we do a lot of research. And college is great for catching you up on all the information that everyone else already has so when you actually get to the starting line of the race, or in a business, or working in a real-life job you will be caught up to that level of knowledge of everyone else. But college takes a long time, and we should be practicing and preparing for what we will be doing in real life by doing it, not just looking at it. Students feel like they’re accumulating tons of knowledge that they’re not using, that’s why they always ask “when will I ever even use this?” And for some reason teachers always blow over the question and say “kids these days, too lazy to want to learn anything.” But the truth is kids can learn fast, if you want to teach us something, teach us it. Not that some things don’t need explaining, and there is a valuable place for research. But Rutgers is polarized towards one side of the spectrum, only research. Sure I can tell you about the intricacies of the US political system, the healthcare systems of foreign countries, and our interaction with foreign economies. It is a great basis to jump off from, and I know a lot of valuable material but I should be practicing using this information in some form. In all of my classes it’s only reading, not creating. Even in the English courses I’ve taken, the course curriculum consists of reading books with similar themes and then writing an analysis of all of them. Rutgers is full of kids interested in writing, but it doesn’t nurture the novelists that it has. Most kids are restless and go out and drink and party on the weekends to let their extra energy out. They sit all day and and accumulate, and accumulate then they pop on the weekends. The young men and women of my generation feel like they are not utilizing their full potential when they’re given tons of busywork. Instead of dedicating their energy to create one thing that’s perfect, their attention is split. So when universities put a plug in their student’s creative spirits, the kids get turned off from institutions or just half-ass everything. Colleges are supposed to be places about collective engagement and a forum for the exchange of creative ideas, but instead of nurturing the unique skill of its students, they teach kids how to do lots of things badly, but so they look good.
Anyway, these blogs were hard for me to post because it’s hard for me to not care about something I was saying. For me it’s almost like compromising who I am to mindlessly talk about the latest movies, websites, apps, and gadgets just because it is technically “creating”. Just because you are creating something doesn’t make it creative. The chapter I presented on “retropolis” talked about how the author hates pop music, remakes, and anything that isn’t 100% original. Most blog posts for this course have the problem discussed in the chapter. They’re simply moving something from one space to another, with no creative effort. But there is a valuable middle ground, kids need to be guided to areas where they can express themselves, provide areas of light hearted creativity, so students can learn how to adapt, which is really what they’ll need in the real world.


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