I don't know who signed up for my class, but I know that we share the belief that community matters. To paraphrase Grace Paley, a community might not be changed by talking to one person at a time, but it can be known.
If the typical resolution routine is not working for you, perhaps it is time to think about a true investment in yourself and your future. Consider the viability of going back to school in 2014 and continuing your education as an adult learner.
The topic of the "ROI of a college degree," may be the strongest factor for working adults and other nontraditional students looking to return to a degree program. The need for higher education in this country is clear.
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. For many of the 37 million Americans who have some college education but no degree, life simply got in the way of their college pursuit.
An argument asks why schools and investors should be sinking millions into creating MOOCs that we all know just benefit older, educated, professional (and by implication well-off, middle-class) lifelong learners who already have so much.
Multiple pathways to academic achievement run through PCC and the nation's community colleges. We have a unique role to play in leading the U.S. back to the top, but it will take cooperation and creativity to succeed.
It is essential for adult education and community colleges to partner to provide clear articulation paths, and for adult education courses to prepare students for college or careers without the need for remediation.
English language literacy will lead to financial literacy and a better grasp of what it takes to achieve the American dream, whether it is becoming part of a skilled workforce, buying houses or creating businesses.
We as a country educate every child; we made that commitment decades ago. To not help the parents of the children in our classrooms is short-sighted. Helping the parents speak English positively impacts the whole family, and society as a whole.
Many adults who attended college at some point but ended up leaving come to regret their decisions. And many still have the desire to go back for their degree, sensing the importance of possessing one in the present and future job landscape.
Going back to school may seem like a costly way to eat up free time, but it could be a ticket to a whole new life. When you combine real life skills and experience that bridge your past to your future, you can see a new life ahead.
The new GED test has the potential to leave thousands of D.C. adults behind. The price of the GED will effectively make it inaccessible for those who need it the most: low-income and low-skilled adults.
If the primary goal of school is "educate and prepare tomorrow's leaders," then teachers, school boards, policymakers, and others need to recognize the extent to which education has a new target audience: older adults.
TEDGlobal featured two presentations that challenged the traditional offline and online adult education models, sharing useful insights and results that apply to both personal and organizational learning environments.