Erin Bell is a senior at Doane College, a private liberal arts school in Crete, Neb. She will graduate with degrees in journalism and media and English in spring 2015. Originally from Julesburg, Colo., Erin is heavily involved in the journalism department at Doane, something she never expected.
Erin enrolled at Doane intending to pursue a degree in English, but began working for Doane Student Media as a freshman, reporting for the college’s newspaper, the Doane Owl, after inadvertently being enrolled in a journalism class. She quickly became hooked, later covering an administration beat and becoming the newspaper’s managing editor. In all, she has worked for Doane’s student newspaper for three years, becoming its editor-in-chief her junior year. She will continue in that role as a senior and will be the multimedia coordinator for Doaneline, Doane’s student news website.
Erin has also worked for Doane’s student magazine as a copy editor and reporter. Additionally, she has written copy and produced content for her college’s student television and radio stations.
A small town girl, Erin is looking forward to the opportunity to report in a different environment for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire.
WASHINGTON – It’s a takeover of public education by the federal government. It’s not rigorous enough. It’s too rigorous. It’s not developmentally appropriate. It’ll require schools to collect data about students, including political and religious affiliations.
WASHINGTON – Globally, 30 million girls don’t get a basic education, according to the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. Isabel Matenje, a gender and social development specialist who is married to the ambassador of Malawi to the U.S., was one girl who got the opportunity to pursue an education. In fact, she was the only girl at her school who didn’t drop out. “I happened to go to a secondary school that was in a district where my dad came from and that was kind of the rural district,” Matenje said. “I was working very hard, being advised by my parents that I needed to succeed. The other girls’ parents weren’t helping them to understand what education was all about.”
Experts in women’s education said Tuesday at the Brookings Institution that it is important for girls and their families to see the value in educating girls and empowering them to feel entitled to an education.