John Kaag’s opinion items in Times Higher Education are all worth the read; his “Parental guidance required” is a short meditation on the complex, competing priorities of academic life. His conclusion reminds us that the classroom is a place to listen, encourage and connect:
“My daughter has taught me several things that I didn’t learn, or just forgot, in graduate school: that the simplest things are often the most profound, that many kids who have trouble speaking want desperately to communicate, that my writing must matter to a wider public and that I don’t have to be imperially alone in my ivory tower.”
For the full article, visit http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/comment/opinion/parental-guidance-required/2004709.article.
Paula Haines, Coordinator of the First Year Writing Program