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Foundations teacher- A course for successful transition into adulthood

As a mother of 3 current

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As a mother of 3 current college students, pursuing drastically different goals at varying types of schools, and a high school teacher/reading coach of 20years I have to chime in and agree with other 's comments. I feel there is a huge black hole in our system that far too many kids are falling through when it comes to coaching them into adulthood/careers. I created a class that I have been refining for a decade that I honestly think is a viable solution. Huge doses of reality, infused with deep critical areas of thinking, laced with concrete real life success building strategies around motivation, prioritizing, and independent learning and reading. I call it Foundations for Success and through the work with over 1,000 students now, a workbook project was born to help teens and their parents manage the transition into a challenging adult world. I would love to hear what other schools/teachers/parents are doing along these lines to address the huge gap that is growing between % of students starting college and those finishing as well as those feeling like they missed the boat of their dream job/career because they didn't get time to think/plan before leaping into reality. www.getreallearning.com

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Gratitude & Privlege

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As a former Financial Aid, and Admissions Officer dedicated to access and equity for non-traditional students, I feel it is critical that all students first and foremost have a solid appreciation for the opportunity and privilege of pursuing a college education. On that note, students from families of modest means should also understand that they will be surrounded often times, by students from a more well-to-do, and privileged class. Often times in their desire to fit in to the social environment, will find themselves short on funds &/or feeling less than adequate, or 'inferior' to their peers. They must be armed with a level of self acceptance and prepared to guard against the pressures.

Life Skills Support Teacher

Take Heed

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"Give them opportunities to practice critical thinking."

But don't expect too many professors in major liberal arts universities to encourage it in your child. Major liberal arts universities are little but factories to train your kid WHAT to think, as in, how to view the world, its people, its cultures, its religions, and races/ethnicities that comprise it. Don't be fooled into thinking that these universities will encourage true free thought, as in, any thought that dissents from what these professors want you to believe. I only needed five years on the faculty of a major liberal arts university to learn that it's true. I was often appalled to hear students' stories about being graded based on the point of view taken in term papers dealing with controversial political topics, such as Israel vs. Palestinians. Forget your grade if you sided with the Israelis. Forget your history grade if you didn't condemn Manifest Destiny. Forget your grade if you didn't embrace the tenets of christian socialism in a core humanities course and view the world as a bunch of haves and have nots.

Yep, that's what fifty grand a year to send your kid to a top school gets you ... an intellectual automaton and useful idiot for the Left.

Asst Professor of Science Education @ UW-Oshkosh

Critical Piece is Missing...

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I think one of the most important things we can do is to provide our recent grads with a "primer" on effective reading (and listening / viewing) comprehension strategies -- probably the single most important academic skill for college success.

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Stress Management

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I believe this is an excellent list of ways to manage the trials of a first year of college. There is a great deal of advice of what college can do and how to get there, and what to do after college, but lists like this to help manage your time while you are a student in university is very rare. Another piece of advice that I think is really important is mental health and stress management. Many high school students are not prepared for the toll university level academics will have on them. Managing time is an important part of this, but also taking the time to de-stress and maintain your health is also vital. Taking time to go to the gym with friends, playing and building friendships which can help bring balance but also is one of the most important parts of the college experience.

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