ERIC Number: EJ809695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: N/A
Fisher, Scott M.
Academe, v94 n4 p32-34 Jul-Aug 2008
In this article, the author discusses the impact of promoting false ideas about what a degree will do for working-class students by relating the sad story of his student, Maria, who died after 30 years of joyful life, nonstop activity, and one year of cancer. Maria was a student in the author's evening English composition class at their community college's downtown extension center. She was the kind of student who is a pleasure to have in class--eager, hardworking, and pleasant to her fellow students, with a perpetual smile on her face. Her assignments were completed on time, on task, and with great attention to detail. Maria was obsessed with getting a two-year degree because she believed what the college ad campaigns are saying that this will promise her better pay. The author stresses that this kind of message is misleading and can actually hurt prospective students and their families, who do not know how to gauge the level of commitment required by degree programs against the reality of the reward upon completion.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Student Attitudes, Compensation (Remuneration), Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Associate Degrees, Public Opinion
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001