For years I've been an advocate of kids and young children (and adults) learning how to speak and write well. I read to my daughter as much as possible and hope that she will develop a love for reading and writing like me. When kids are little they absorb information and new experiences like sponges. They're curious and want to learn as much as they can and see a cause and effect. It's remarkable to see them show you what they've learned. They learn all the time, not necessarily just in a classroom experience.
The English language is beautiful when spoken and written correctly. Anything less is an insult to the language we call our native tongue. Unfortunately, it gets butchered all the time in social media and even on television. Chills run up and down my spine and my blood boils when I see someone who has written 'its' instead of 'it's' or has said I'd like an 'expresso' instead of an 'espresso.' I could go on and on with examples but you get the point.
If kids are the future, then let's teach them. It is fundamental to their future that they speak and write well. Way too often I see people with a college degree who can barely write. How did they graduate? Perhaps I'm too harsh, but sincerely, how did they ever complete an acceptable thesis to get their diploma? I digress...
When I was a child I knew I wanted a career in media, whether as a writer, reporter, or anything else that would allow me be creative and express myself with words or via a visual medium. My family was always supportive and my grandparents who raised me, always pushed for me to learn and do the best I could and to reach for the stars, so when I see companies who also want to help support a child's dream, I'm thrilled. If your child has expressed interest in becoming a journalist, here's an opportunity you may want to consider:
The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, a nationwide team of Kid Reporters ages 10-14, is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Students with a strong interest in journalism and writing can learn more about the program and the criteria for applying at www.scholastic.com/news. Applications must be postmarked by September 26, 2014.
For more than 13 years, the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps has covered, "news for kids, by kids," reporting on current events, breaking news, and entertainment stories from reporters' hometowns and on the national stage.
"The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps has a long history of smart and talented young reporters, some of whom have gone on to careers as professional journalists," said Suzanne McCabe, editor of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps. "As we look toward the midterm elections and other big news stories this year, I am excited to start working with the next group of Kid Reporters."
In 2012, the Kid Reporters provided extensive coverage of the presidential election, which appeared on the award-winning Scholastic 2012 Election website, and the devastation and recovery efforts in the Northeast caused by Hurricane Sandy. Members of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps have had the opportunity to interview politicians, entertainers, authors, scientists, sports stars, and newsmakers, including President Barack Obama, singer/songwriter Taylor Swift, Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog(R), astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks. They've also gathered "Tips from the Pros" from such journalists as Brian Williams, anchor of NBC Nightly News, and Soledad O'Brien, special correspondent to Al Jazeera America's America Tonight, reporter for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, and founder of Starfish Media Group.