Let's Make it the Best of Times for Our Students
by Rosemarie Shamieh
I’m reminded of Dickens’ famous opening sentence: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…”
A former professor at Harvard University, Stephen Goldsmith, has dubbed today’s times as the “new normal” where “the current fiscal crisis isn’t a passing phase; it’s a new, enduring reality that must be confronted.” If you were at the recent Guild meeting, you heard several of our own esteemed colleagues express the very same sentiment.
Living in this “new” normal we are being asked to examine: What are we good at? (our Mission); What do people want from us? (our Market); How do we bring these together in a way that is true to our mission and generates resources? (our Margin).
This article isn’t about to answer these questions; I’m writing to remind our campus community of why we entered the teaching profession—because of the young and the old that find their way into our classrooms--our students!
Please allow me to introduce you to a few of our continuing education students:
These are but a few of the many hundreds of personal journeys that make up the fabric of our student population at Garfield.
In the words of Art Buchwald, “Whether it’s the best of times orthe worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.” While defining the “new” normal at the intersection of mission, market, and margin, let’s remember to make it the best of times for ALL of our students (credit and noncredit), and by extension, ourselves.
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