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The Learning Curve: And We’re Back (Again)

As Will Huntsberry, the Voice of San Diego’s former education reporter, wrote in his inaugural edition of this newsletter – I have good news and bad news.

But unlike Huntsberry, I will lead with the good news, which is that the learning curve is back baby! The bad news is that it won’t be Huntsberry’s smooth and fiery words slipping into your inbox every other Wednesday. It will be mine.

During my short time in the world of journalism, I told my “story” more times than I can count – in job interviews, cover letters, scholarship applications and at awkward social events. At this point, it feels a little self-aggrandizing.

But I am sure that an important aspect of running a newsletter is for the writer to develop a relationship with the subscribers. So, in that interest, I will grit my teeth and white-knuckle my way through another introduction.

Jakob McWhinney, Voice of San Diego’s new education reporter. / Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle for Voice of San Diego

hello I am Jakob. I’m the Voice’s new education reporter. I was born and raised in San Diego and for many years my life revolved around playing music. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit I was laid off from my part-time job and playing in bands became a thing of the past.

It was a chaotic and destabilizing experience, but it gave me a unique opportunity to step away and think deeply about what I wanted. I enrolled at San Diego City College to finally get the degree I’d put off for years, and although I never considered a career in journalism, I fell in love with it after taking an intro-level class to fulfill a requirement.

While writes and produces podcasts at City College’s City Times Media, I was hired as a Voice intern in January. I passed my internship writing about homelessness, primarily in East Countyexplore there the complicated world of COVID-19 testingand dive in there pandemic era of radicalization of a local church leadership.

It sounds cheesy but going back to community college was not life changing. Thus, I am well aware of the transformative potential of education. Moving into this position I hope to bring this respect to him in every piece I report.

The pandemic also helped me realize that one of the biggest barriers to making our world a better place is simply that people often don’t understand the forces that actually make it work. And journalism felt like a solution, albeit a partial one. It was a way of putting in bold the important bits in small print, and communicating to people why – in this most complicated and apathetic time – they should care about the world around them and people who dwells in it.

I hope to approach education reporting in a more holistic way that embraces and celebrates how people educate themselves long after they leave school. I aim to bring you thought-provoking and unorthodox educational stories both inside and outside the classroom, with a special emphasis on stories that would otherwise be untold and provide readers with information they can use in their everyday lives.

That being said, don’t worry, K-12 reports are not abandoned. Voice understands the essential role of children’s education and our responsibility to continue to hold local officials accountable.

As Huntsberry wrote all those years ago, I’m sure there’s an incredible amount of corruption and grandeur lingering in their confines, and I want to explore it all.

Do you have thoughts about stories that need coverage, or more attention? Do not hesitate to contact. I’m here to listen, and I’d love to hear from you. If you have ideas, tips or feedback, send them to jakob.mcwhinney@voiceofsandiego.org.

The content bounced around my mind’s palate

  • Beautiful White Parents – This is old news, but I recently rewatched Nice White Parents, the excellent New York Times podcast that examines segregation in New York’s public schools through the lens of one middle school and the role played by “nice white parents”. the decades. This time I was just as struck as the last time I listened. It is an interesting piece of audio reporting that works to explain today’s battles by dissecting those of the past. As we move into the radioactive present, it is important to remember that the bombs were dropped long ago so that we can try to avoid dropping them in the future.
  • Chula Vista has long dreamed of being home to a four-year university and has even set aside nearly 400 acres (an area larger than the San Diego State University campus) for a “University and Innovation District.” Those hopes, dating back to the late 80s, were dashed (at least temporarily) in 2020 when the CSU system determined that there were insufficient registration request for guarantee the construction of a new university in the city. But the city is keep the hope aliveand the Perennial issues continued to influence local elections. There are many ideas that have been floated, a Southwestern College official told me recently that they can imagine a food court-style facility that houses the satellite campuses of a number of universities. But in a recent interview, the new UC Regents chair said he supports UCSD expanding in Chula Vista. Could this be the break the city is waiting for?
  • The COVID-19 pandemic was a reality-changing experience. For a minority of people, like me, it represents an opportunity. But for many, especially younger students suffered severe learning loss that become more serious The gap in achievement, it was very damaged. We will never be able to return to the old times, and we will be picking up the pieces of our broken systems for decades to come. California alone has seen a decline in K-12 enrollment equals just under half the population of Wyoming for a variety of reasons ranging from parents leaving the state to decide to home school their children but not filing paperwork to do so. I’m especially interested in digging into how we try to repair some of the damage done and the ways in which political pandemics (which were especially pronounced in world in education) continues to guide the decisions of parents, educators and administrators.

This is what we are writing

  • i first piece of this new gig was about housing at the community college. Not a single local community college offers it, even though students are some of the most at risk of housing insecurity. But new statewide legislation is bolstering efforts to build it.
  • In April, the Solana Beach School District passed a new policy for vet textbooks. The district is proud of him and insists his innocence, but few Parents and LGBTQ advocates are suspicious of the timing.

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