Ok, noble readers… The blog embarks. From now on, watch this space for thoughts on higher education, the young, ambitious people who pass through these noble arches, and the politics of the labor market.
I am a college professor at Westwood College in Upland, California, and am starting this blog to give a deeper context for understanding the Next Acropolis project. I constantly observe young people move from the classroom to professional positions, and being the mentor they depend on to assist that transition, I feel a legitimate responsibility to them.
In that vein it potentially benefits them to read, privately, my thoughts on them, getting the most value out of their education, and how students position themselves differently within the labor market. At times I will be writing from the corner of the classroom, looking out on them, working. At other junctures you’ll find me scripting the next post away from them, reflecting on the gentle struggle between the teacher and pupil.
It’s been exhilarating to watch students emerge as their own person; indeed, education is like a medicine for the healthy. Watching their ascent from lowly, troubled individual to respected, self-sufficient person satisfies me like a doctor reviving the sick. Only, no one enters college admitting they are needy, like a patient at a hospital. Most students swagger into college proud and all-knowing… If only to be broken down and built back up.