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ERIC Number: ED435999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-15
Pages: 21
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The World in Our Own Image.
Bates, David W.
This paper considers the student population in the two year college, their problems, and the factors affecting their success. Stress, among these students, takes all kinds of different forms and is derived from all kinds of different sources. Today's students live in a world of casual isolation and anonymity; they do not have the family ties that many of their professors had when they were young, or the friends, or the financial support networks. Today's accepted model is individuality, singularity, anonymity, but with this individuality comes stress, a kind of stress that older adults have never really had to face. The paper quotes Dr. Martin Seligman who writes that severe depression is 10 times more prevalent today than it was 50 years ago and that sexual abuse is also increasing rapidly. These stressful conditions appear in college classrooms as behavior and motivation problems. It finds that stress makes a bad situation even worse; stress creates stupidity, whether behavioral, physical, or psychological. In an environment where education has become an economic commodity for "holding your own" amidst the changing technology, there is seldom the time, or opportunity, for building or burnishing the social skills, let alone the concept of community, that might help a student become a more complete person. Contains 5 notes and a 23-item bibliography. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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