TURNING POINTS—Encounters that Matter in the Classroom & Beyond


Turning points come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes they seem like impossible-to-hit baseballs. Ten months ago, I shared an article about three women who hit life’s curve balls right out of the ballpark.


The front page of the December 26, 2017 Philadelphia Inquirer featured a piece about survivors, three women who have triumphed in the face of poverty. http://www.philly.com/philly/news/stories-hope-kellam-walker-deangelo-amanda-dobbs-christmas-20171223.html


Alfred Lubrano’s well-written article mentions that two of the women studied at a community college as part of their response to their challenges. The piece indicates that the third woman might be headed toward an associates degree—the degree most commonly associated with community colleges—so perhaps all three of these strong women have benefited from that affordable and accessible resource that makes a difference for countless individuals in the US.


Community college served as a turning point for me too and for my students—stories that I tell in OPEN ADMISSIONS: WHAT TEACHING AT COMMUNITY COLLEGE TAUGHT ME ABOUT LEARNING.


Lubrano’s Inquirer piece makes you want to cheer for these women, doesn’t it? Though it’s not primarily about community colleges, this reader cannot help but notice the role played by CCs in the women’s stories. Community college was there when they needed it—as it has been for so many other people in America. May it always be so.