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Class is in session

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

Chilton County Schools students have completed their first full week of classes. With school being back in session, schedules that have taken the summer off are often put back in place. Educators will sometimes talk about the summer slide and the need for review so that knowledge is not lost when students are not in a structured learning environment each day.

Such review and learning is important for everyone, not just K-12 students. Working in the news industry, I have said I found a way to get paid to learn, rather than paying to learn like I did in college. Many of the things I write about are not things that I studied in school. I am not an expert on the subject — I am learning as I go to be able to pass the information along to the community. Every day is an opportunity to learn something new.

On issues that are more complex and long-term, The Clanton Advertiser will sometimes write follow-up explanatory articles giving more background on the situation than just what came out of the most recent meeting. Sometimes toward the bottom of an article there will be a paragraph or two kind of recapping “how we got here.” These paragraphs serve the same purpose that a review used to in school, a way to remind readers what they may have already known but forgot about a developing project, such as the Alabama Farm Center. I find myself reviewing specific details of that project on a regular basis.

Learning should never stop when a person walks out of an academic class for the last time. It really should continue for a life time. Most people do truly learn something new frequently, whether they realize it or not.

Learning something new is often as simple as reading The Clanton Advertiser, Peach Living or any of our other special sections.

In the four and a half years that I have worked here, I have learned so much about agriculture, incredible hobbies and more complexities in government.

I have enjoyed sharing this information with readers like you.