4 Responses to “adults are scary”

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Hi Tom,

Due respect to current students, I contend that while they may or not feel prepared for life after college, feelings aside, a more relevant question is probably are they prepared? And that question is better answered by recent grads. Current students really would have no idea of the answer to that one. Can the department survey recent grads?

I very recently interviewed dozens of graduating seniors for my company. By far, the most mature, most articulate, most interesting, and highest rated candidates had had internships, work studies, their own businesses, or the like. I know my high-tech corporate world is a small sampling of post-graduation life, but it probably translates pretty well to your bidness graduates.

You know I always favor the practical to the theoretical.

FWIW.

AH

AH said in March 16th, 2009 at 21:40

AH! Great to see you on here!

Yes, we are doing that (contacting recent alums) as well. i understand what you are saying, and we believe it is important to gain commitment from our current students, we want to know their thoughts and ideas and we want their feedback on the direction we are moving (work- or practice-based learning). Actually, having been one of us, it would be great to get your thoughts at some point.

radicalteacher said in March 16th, 2009 at 22:05

Well, let me disagree with the statement that “current students would have no idea of the answer …” for the sake of stoking the fire. I would say that is, in and of itself part of the problem. The disconnect between “life” and “education” is creating this illusion. In a learning environment that connects the two, the current student will, and should have some idea whether they are prepared for life after college.

Another argument I would like to offer focuses more on “what they learn”. In a “subject-driven” learning environment they will have the false impression that, since they passed a course, perhaps with flying colors, they are prepared for life after college. In a learning environment that explicitly focuses on “life after college” they will learn that what prepares them for life is not the subject matter but their mental abilities to analyze, synthesize, create, and communicate in different contexts, making the transition fluidly as they posses transferable skills. If they do not realize that they cannot analyze, synthesize, create, and communicate, that will be evidence enough to the contrary.

ACE

acekin said in March 17th, 2009 at 9:29

You are both right. . . AH comes from the standpoint of where we are now, an almost complete disconnect. ACE offers a strong argument for the direction we are moving.

My concerns, at this point, are connecting students with business when business is so obviously broken. Is it too much to ask that we help develop students who understand HOW to critically challenge what they do, then learn by change and experimentation… then bring that orientation to business organizations? If anything is clear from the recent economic crisis it’s that big business simply doesn’t understand how much the world around them is changing.

radicalteacher said in March 17th, 2009 at 9:41

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