The recently exposed college admissions scandal reminded us that there is no such thing as a level playing field when it comes to higher education. The fact that wealthy people immorally and illegally use their power, influence, and money to benefit their children is hardly a surprise, though the magnitude and sheer cheek of the … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Unfair Advantages: Money Isn’t Everything, Dahling
The seemingly impossible task of restoring Notre Dame Cathedral will happen, thanks to worldwide generosity. The French president has vowed to complete the work within five years—determination that has sparked financial commitments worldwide from billionaires on down. Americans are likely to step up for this cause. It’s what we do. In a 2016 study by … Continue reading TURNING POINTS Helping: Thinking Twice
Reading Sarah Rose Cavanagh’s The Spark of Learning (West Virginia University Press, 2016) made me want to tell people to buy it, especially teachers. Cavanagh is a college professor (Assumption College in Worcester, MA) who studies how learning happens and how people impact that experience. Here’s the Amazon link for the book: https://www.amazon.com/Spark-Learning-Energizing-Classroom-Education-ebook/dp/B01LF0UBFW/ref=sr_1_1?hvadid=241944426409&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9002831&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=7724415404206546593&hvtargid=aud-676677759524%3Akwd-182132911971&keywords=the+spark+of+learning&qid=1555356784&s=gateway&sr=8-1 Sarah Rose … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Conversations and Relationships That Matter
Higher education helps individuals raise themselves from the lowest economic rungs in society. While highly selective universities offer great benefits to the relatively small percentage of lower income students that they accept, it turns out that the less selective institutions that do the bulk of that important work actually do a better job of it, … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Money Well Spent: The Colleges That Best Promote Economic Mobility
Recent posts here have pointed to well-intended donor generosity with unintended consequences for the most vulnerable among us. Again, I encourage readers who care about higher education for America’s least financially stable students to listen to Malcolm Gladwell’s powerful podcast on the subject. http://dcs.megaphone.fm/PP7918990166.mp3?key=a6bc9841bdac89fbe9e7f7b9fe3b8606&listener=11ecdf14-071a-4f18-ae9b-913f49f0f993 Fortunately, some individuals and institutions ARE donating money that benefits many … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—It’s About the Resources
Tell me what you make of this article about college debt by Erin Arvedlund. https://www.philly.com/news/student-loans-debt-how-to-pay-college-budget-emoney-advisor-20190319.html Regular readers are likely to respond by focusing on how to AVOID massive college debt in the first place, and that's where strategic use of educational resources comes in. Community colleges can provide that resource. They did in my life, … Continue reading TURNING POINTS–Debt Avoidance
Yes, significant change can happen when we aren't consciously seeking new learning, such during spring break. A diversion from routine can help us gain focus. And sometimes we just get refreshed, which is never a bad thing. That's what I wish you all during this traditional spring break time. Enjoy.