Re: [TCP] certification (was: ranting STC)

Subject: Re: [TCP] certification (was: ranting STC)
From: "D. Michael McIntyre" <michael -dot- mcintyre -at- rosegardenmusic -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2007 17:00:53 -0500

On Tuesday 06 March 2007 9:27 am, Chris Borokowski wrote:
> On another topic, I think most technical writers
> benefit from the kind of skills required to teach high
> school. We transform a surly, bored, cynical audience
> into believers into technology through awareness of
> the power they can have through it. Even if it's as
> simple as organizing an addressbook or formatting a
> doument in XHTML.

That's kind of an amusing observation. All the "what you're cut out for"
career compatibility aptitude test type things I've taken point to teaching
as a profession for me. But I don't think I'd actually enjoy teaching,
because I lived through high school once, and once was enough. (Every time I
think about going back for a Master's in Education, I talk to a couple of ex
foreign language teachers I know, and get reminded why it's not a good idea.)

Maybe writing is my way to teach without having to put up with all the bad
stuff. If you're reading me, chances are you want to be, or you're at least
getting paid, so the people who just want to be total jerks aren't usually
part of the equation.
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