It’s easy to sit and “arm-chair” quarterback any system. I think it’s important we don’t trend the conversation towards all negative comments. It’s too easy to criticize without sitting in the “big boy chair” as I call it. (I suppose you could call it the “big girl chair” too, as to not come across as sexist.)
But if all we do is talk about the positives, we never get to a place of necessary change. This week, I think I’ve heard you voice your concerns:
- The cost of the University is concerning for students today and for the future
- The level of Education seems to be concerning to match the need to the job market
- There is an obvious dis-connect between faith and University teaching
- There seems to be a lack of understanding when it comes to Student Development
- The level of graduates (only 58%) is concerning when you align with those who start University programs.
And I’ve heard the positives:
- The University provided us with a platform to grow up
- It gives us real-time self-awareness of consequences of actions
- The University helped to learn how to learn
- It was a formative time to being who you are
- It gave a platform for friendships that will last a lifetime
And so with all of those points, I think it beckons a fertile move in our conversation forward. Like I said, it’s easy to criticize or sit on the sidelines and just talk. But now I’d like to move into those places where we can start discovering new ways to encourage the good things, and remedy the bad.
As we go forward, I’d love to hear your thoughts, your dreams, and your experience that might help our students engage in the world with a new outlook.
If we don’t start stirring the pot, there will never be a change. It’s up to us to start developing new ideas, implementing new systems, and encouraging the ways of old that are working well to prepare students for life.
Next week, we’ll start working on options. I’ve got a long list of options I’ve seen, been a part of creating, and support for students.
Be sure to check back next week, as I highlight some of the BEST OF programs in the world to help students go from teen life – adulthood.
See you next week.
And don’t forget, I’m still interested in getting your opinions as we engage in education together.