No tag, you’re not it

Posted on September 24, 2016



Today was definitely a day to support “need more of us!”   — so I’ve got students needing help on their psych papers (becasue the writing lab closes at 2:00 on Fridays), and a brand new student who seriously does well with support … but needs support… (Yes, I do it better than most), and three others needing coaching and support and … oh, here’s my 3:30 1-on-1 kiddo who I’ve promised to work with 1/2 hour 3 times a week because, you see, other tutoring services have been cut or won’t provide if it’s a “pre-college” course, and he’s still trying to figure out how to use the software he needs to be able to do math on the computer without seeing it.

I’m confident that given the needs these students have, many people would say that well, if they aren’t independent enough to make it without more support, well… maybe they just “aren’t college material.”

Is your privilege showing?   Gobs and gobs of people with *lots* of needs have been coached and cajoled through academic requirements — and not just athletes…

And … that’s simply contradictory to the intense energy we’re all supposed to be giving to “Recruitment and retention” unless you mean “well, of people who can already do everything on their own.”   If you want students to stick around, then *support* them.

So I ride home and pick up stuff at Common Ground to eat and drink and… there’s that psych student!   It’s a small town…

(Title b/c I’m *not* tagging this.   I do not believe my institution really wants to hear criticism.)

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