2 responses to “Defying Stereotyped Diversity: Getting to Know Students as Individuals

  1. I just read your latest blog and found it interesting. I was also left with questions, like: 1) Where are students profiled as you suggest; 2) Where do educators get the kind of training (and experience), given many are them are profiled or profiles of groups, not knowledgeable or amenable to accepting the student category suggestions you suggest; 3) How might students respond to educational pathways, based on the profiled characteristics.

    I just left from a visit with Kevin yesterday and we spent some time talking about how education might be changed, particularly in light of the importance of required core courses and how those courses could be acquired more cheaply and not as part of the 4-year college curricula. We debated removing them from the curriculum at college course costs, perhaps relegating them to community colleges or any avenue with less costs than traditional four-year colleges. Kevin argued with the view of preparing students for those kinds of profiles you reference in your blog, without spending so much loan money on things like English, history, math, etc. WE did not agree on how this could be done, but did agree that there needs to be a more productive, less costly way to really prepare students for what they choose, at that time in their lives, to be their life’s work. Keep in mind Kevin is still paying for college loans and will continue to pay for them for some years to come. His premise is that students should not have to pay so much for a college education.

    I am curious what you might think about ways to reduce the cost of a college education (perhaps less than 4 years and less courses), while making the education more effective from a career point of view.

    Something for you to think about, maybe.

    Positively, Hazel

  2. Hazel, thanks for taking the time to read the blog and respond. You raise interesting and important questions. Before responding, I’d like to know who you are in order to better understand your perspective.
    Gwen

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