My name is Jim Lang.
I am a journalism and English teacher at Floyd Central High School in Floyds Knobs, Indiana. I advise the Bagpiper, the student newspaper at FC, and teach English 12 Honors and Journalism I. I am a former president and board members of the Indiana High School Press Association and teach each summer at the High School Journalism Institute at the Indiana University School of Journalism.
I believe that journalism is the best way to teach writing, enhance students’ writing skills, and teach leadership and civic engagement. My interests include reading, writing, literacy, politics, the media, issues of faith, and, of course, IU basketball. Basically, I’ll blog about anything and everything. I’m an independent thinker. I respect all viewpoints and opinions and value reasonable discourse and learning about others.
Perhaps most importantly, I have been a proud public school teacher all of my life. I love teaching. I love my students. I love the impact they have on their school, community, and each other through their work on their newspaper. I love watching them learn, grow, mature, and become amazing people in the world. Their success and happiness mean far more to me than their test scores.
We’re in a time of great change in education in Indiana and across the nation. I believe some of these changes are good. I believe many are not. This blog is my attempt to explore and better understand these issues while trying to both provide and gain some perspective.
I hope my readers and I can achieve three goals through this forum:
- explore the social, political, and policy issues impacting education
- promote literacy and civic engagement
- support scholastic journalism
I’d like my readers to be active participants in this forum, as I believe we need more serious, reasonable discourse on important issues, especially issues affecting our kids, teachers, schools, and communities. My only request is this: no anonymous comments. Let’s not hide behind some clever screen name or pseudonym here. Instead, let’s really explore and discuss these issues together in a respectful manner, even when we disagree.
So, my challenge to you is to join me. I’m not sure where this is going, and that will be the fun part of this journey.