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ERIC Number: EJ881724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
The Calculus of Grief
Williams, Lee Burdette
About Campus, v15 n1 p28-31 Mar-Apr 2010
On a college campus, educators and students live on the edge of tragedy. They walk that edge everyday, aware that the possibility of death is always one misstep away. One careless move by any of the hundreds or thousands of them walking that edge, and their whole community falls into a canyon of grief from which they will climb only after weeks, maybe months, of pain. Those who have worked for twenty years on college campuses may have probably taken this plunge a number of times. A student misstep is the beginning of educators' communal crisis. It is potentially the impetus for learning that is somehow both profound and ephemeral. In this article, the author shares her firsthand experience of her students' resilience in the face of loss. The author was surprised how her students' loss of a friend, Carlee, was quickly folded into the fabric of their lives and moved on. They have moved on in ways that are analogous to their physical resilience. She stresses that she will do her best to remind her students of the danger of grief. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Language: English
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