Leaves of Grass and Accuracy, Part 3 of 3
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.
Part I was posted on Monette’s Musings, www.monettebenoit.com January 4, 2010
Part II was posted January 13, 2010
This month’s column initiates a dialogue – one I discussed with many. I have permission for each quote from students and reporters. Successful professionals said, “And call it a New Year’s resolution! You need to do this.”
I deal with this conversation every day with test prep as a tutor and coach working with students and court reporters.
I softly share this topic is like a splinter. Sometimes it gets irritated.
I salute the students now preparing to enter our field and court reporters advancing our skills. And thus we move forward as keepers of the record.
Perhaps what is missing on “write it faster and figure it out after” is what is not being said. How is the individual’s vocabulary? How accurate is vocabulary recognition? What is the discipline to stroke accurately?
Robert W. McCormick was my theory instructor. He was NCRA’s 2004 Teacher of the Year and had expectations for each student. He still does.
Recalling my own court reporting training (within an NCRA-approved college), I still say – voice low – “It was like walking on broken glass, barefoot, uphill, both ways.” People in my dorm were majoring in “partying.”
There were no summer classes. You did it their way or your seat was yanked. And we signed papers documenting that we were often being reminded of the school’s policy for ‘zero tolerance’ (my words there).
My granny said a rosary every morning I was enrolled, so I would “pass.” She did.
My parents prayed too, and they had a backup plan – which was not shared with me – should I not graduate. Yet they, each an educator, encouraged me every day – permitting few pity parties from their daughter.)
When we graduated from our program, we did not seek work.
At that time, the White House, FBI, CIA, Kodak and large companies exclusively hired his graduates.
Employers strolled the halls and contacted us – for court reporting – not transcribing with foot pedals.
What was emphasized? Theory, accuracy, discipline, words, English, punctuation. Learn theory; focus on accuracy; work on details.
So where are ‘leaves of grass’ from the title?
Since 1984, I have sponsored a foster child in the Philippines. Seychelle (and family) has been with us only four years. Yesterday I received a letter with her artwork. Next to her note was a picture with workers bent over a rice field.
In pencil she wrote, “I am now in college, studying at University. It’s really hard to be in college when you know that life is different from high school. It takes one and a half hour taking a ride to school, so I have to wake up early. During weekends, I focus on my studies and try not to hang out with my friends. And that’s how I go – taking another leaf to reach the peak of my success.”
Below her text was pencil artwork with the Olympics symbol.
My opinion is that court reporters and students frequently reach to take “another leaf to reach the peak of my success.”
When we are in the flow with a powerful theory, self-discipline, and avoiding shortcuts, success comes to us. We are not hoping ‘it’ accurately arrives – later.
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