HARD FALL FOR COLLEGESby Lyn Olsen on Feb. 06, 2013, under Education
As no surprise, there are people who comment on my blog but apparently don’t read it. Let me reiterate for them, if they read it this time, that this blog, as well as my previous ones, do not specifically attack anyone or any place although it certainly could, but I refrain from it because it is too embarrassing for me to mention what I have seen; if others can’t know shame for what they have done and the people they have hurt, rest assured there are others who do know. Again, it is very apparent that what I write about is education as a whole in this country for what is happening at Pima College is happening in many other schools, and it is a crying shame for students.
Finally, I found an article that sees the brokenness I see happening in our schools, it just missed the finer points.
For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in Hard Fall: “With little guidance from family or school officials, college became a leap that they braved without a safety net…Only one is still studying full time, and two have crushing debts. Angelica, who left Emory owing more than $60,000, is a clerk in a Galveston furniture store… the costs of attending a public university have risen 60 percent in the past two decades. Many low-income students, feeling the need to help out at home, are deterred by the thought of years of lost wages and piles of debt… gap in scores of high- and low-income students has grown by 40 percent, even as the difference between blacks and whites has narrowed… while the presence of fathers in low-income homes has declined… These are students who have already overcome significant obstacles to score above average on this test,” Mr. Chingos said. “To see how few earn college degrees is really disturbing.” poor-students-struggle-as-class-plays-a-greater-role-in-success.html
But there are two more serious faults in our educational system that are missed in this article, and which are ripping our schools even more apart.
First, teaching cannot occur where there is no positive contact between teacher and student. Courses where teachers have negative, minimal or no contact with student are incapable of the virtue known as teaching.
Second, I have noticed that when people mistreat others, they then blame the victim, and then wonder what is wrong when the victim reacts by action or inaction, which in education usually translates into students giving up on themselves and their schooling.
What the article got right is that money is the problem, but what the article got wrong is that money is causing the problem. Within education money has pushed out the real values of teaching which are caring and commitment, leadership and motivation, inspiring and guidance. This greater value of money is evidenced in soaring tuition and book costs, as well as salaries, and diminishing positive interaction between teachers and students.
At a time when our students need us educators more than ever, the effect of all of the above is, that without the virtues of teaching, we educators are losing them. From many years of experience of working with many of the most disadvantaged students, I can tell you that the truth is that there is nothing that can stop a good teacher from caring to do the right thing for their students.