It’s been a thrill and an honor to connect with other college faculty since the publication of Open Admissions: What Teaching at Community College Taught Me About Learning by Wild River Books. Meeting one peer or several fellow teachers at a time who share my passion for learning and teaching has been deeply gratifying, but … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Thriving in Academe
We all live several degrees of separation away from people we don’t know but whose stories might shed useful light. Sometimes we’re lucky enough that they walk right up to us. A couple of weeks ago, a friend’s Facebook share caught my eye. My old rugby pal Allan Corless had seen a piece about one … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Counterintuitive, Or Maybe Not
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
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
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
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?