When Heidi Stevens, a columnist from the Chicago Tribune, contacted me for an interview about my recent Huffington Post piece, Five Reasons Why Parents Should Watch More TV, I was thrilled.
This Sunday she wrote a lively piece about her own quest to find more to watch television. A piece which includes my advice to her.
I love being interviewed. Since high school, when I was a reporter and editor for our school newspaper, I’ve been fascinated by the interview process. In college, I took a few classes on interviewing for research and journalism. My dissertation is based on interview research. Honestly, though, I get a secret thrill out of someone asking me the questions.
And this time I got to be the “expert” in my newfound role as a doctorate in education. Was I disappointed that my first appearance in a national publication as an expert would not be about the role of charter schools in public education? Or about gender role stereotypes in girls’ learning? Or theories about how kids develop grit and resilience?
Um… No! I was not.
This is why I took a non-traditional path — writing about diaper changes and TV shows and books that I love just as much as evidence-based findings about learning and child development. I love pop culture. I love fiction. And I truly do think our lives are enriched by good writing and rich storytelling, whether those stories are in books or on television.
Judging by the reactions by some to my piece, not everyone agrees. That’s okay.
You’ll still find me watching The Walking Dead on Sunday nights rather than poring through educational research journals.
Or maybe I could teach a class about The Walking Dead…(Yes, this does exist.)
If you could have a famous journalist interview you about any topic (other than your actual profession), what would you want them to ask you about?