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?
My former Community College of Philadelphia colleagues, Pascal Scoles and Francesca DiRosa, explain in “The Healing Pillars of Collegiate Recovery—A Community College Model of Recovery And Education”(to be published in the Journal of Student Affairs Research And Practice), that individuals in recovery need (and services for them should provide) five things: “(1) a sense of … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Healing Pillars for Programs And for People
We’ve all heard expressions like, “You can take the boy out of Philly, but you can’t take the Philly out of the boy.” I think about that in smile-infested mid-coast Maine when I wear the t-shirt my daughter gave me, which reads, “I’m not angry. I’m from Philly.” There’s often truth in such identifications, even … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Learning And Recovery: The Connections