TURNING POINTS—Conversations and Relationships That Matter

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


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

TURNING POINTS—Good Money and Good Intentions

Donating to higher education is a great thing, right? Especially when it enables nontraditional college students to attend prestigious schools like Oxford, Harvard and Stanford. I’ve written here about Hazim Hardeman, the young man from North Philadelphia whose college studies began at Community College of Philadelphia and who currently is pursuing an advanced degree at … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Good Money and Good Intentions

TURNING POINTS—How About A Roof Over Your Head?

Some college students, forced to choose between eating and housing, sleep in their cars on campus, as the linked article illustrates: https://www.mnn.com/money/personal-finance/blogs/these-college-students-are-homeless-how-they-make-it-work These homeless but resilient college students featured in the article hack their way to a degree by showering in the gym, storing clothing in their lockers, and sharing food with other “campers.” Clearly … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—How About A Roof Over Your Head?