Comments for Reflections On Higher Education http://walterwendler.com Mon, 01 Oct 2018 15:52:28 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Comment on Purpose and Place by PB http://walterwendler.com/2018/09/purpose-and-place/#comment-228795 Mon, 01 Oct 2018 15:52:28 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2871#comment-228795 Nicely done.

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Comment on Treasure Trust, Transparency and Truth by LER M.D. http://walterwendler.com/2018/07/treasure-trust-transparency-and-truth/#comment-222280 Sun, 29 Jul 2018 23:19:26 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2817#comment-222280 I posted this on Facebook. I thought Dr. Wendler might enjoy it.

What is the purpose of a college education?

In Sunday’s Amarillo Globe-News, the president of West Texas A&M University presents thoughts about higher education and its costs, including the need to be transparent so that students can fairly assess whether the cost and assocated debt are a worthwhile “investment” compared to earnings expectations in their chosen fields.

It’s a good essay, but I worry that it gets too close to equating a college with a trade school, a necessary prerequisite for a specific career. That may be appropriate for the would-be teacher who majors in education or the nursing major who plans to be an R.N. However, that’s not the only purpose of a college education. More broadly, it’s a chance for the student to learn more and dig deeper into an area about which he/she is passionate; it’s not necessarily a straight path to a career. The student and his/her family needs to assess whether the costs are appropriate and manageable, but the college needs to remember that it is just as important to offer the non-career-path major all it can, including trying to lessen the financial burden on those who choose that path. Some of the best doctors I’ve known were not the traditional pre-med, (microbiology, organic chemistry or anatomy) majors. We English Literature majors and classical language majors (I know one veterinarian whose major was Hittite studies) did not waste our undergraduate years; we became something that has become an endangered species: the truly educated person, interested in something other than our career paths. Here endeth the sermon.

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Comment on When Regionalism is not Provincialism by PT http://walterwendler.com/2014/12/when-regionalism-is-not-provincialism/#comment-221939 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 16:16:26 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2117#comment-221939 As an English professor I appreciate the acknowledgement of the impact of Dickinson’s work beyond her small community, even as the work represents the universality of both villages and metropolises.

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Comment on People, Purpose, Principle by SVM http://walterwendler.com/2018/06/people-purpose-principle/#comment-219480 Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:49:19 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2800#comment-219480 Wow! I believe people are always first. Great essay!

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Comment on How I Spent My Summer Vacation by AA http://walterwendler.com/2018/05/how-i-spent-my-summer-vacation/#comment-217598 Tue, 29 May 2018 19:13:04 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2786#comment-217598 Dr. Wendler,
As a recent WT graduate, and a current staff member, I want to applaud you for your willingness to speak the plain truth to prospective and current students. You shed light on the reality of not only being in college but of the world in general. This is a rare occurrence from someone of your position. More students need to hear those those truths about the harsh realities in this increasingly crazy world. With that in mind I again applaud you and encourage you to keep sewing wisdom into the minds the college community.

With gratitude and respect.

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Comment on Sticker Price by JS http://walterwendler.com/2018/03/sticker-price/#comment-213885 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 13:43:27 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2747#comment-213885 In a world where “it seems” every entrepreneur is obsessed with finding a way to increase revenue half-cents on the dollar, it is refreshing to know a leader who strives to help the consumer cut costs and create greater value of goods consumed.

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Comment on OJT by JS http://walterwendler.com/2018/03/ojt/#comment-213175 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:43:46 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2738#comment-213175 A return to a tried and tested , common sense approach to what has worked well. Faith isn’t just believing in things you can’t see, but sometimes is believing in things you have seen work effectively. Wonderful reminder of real “roll up your shirt sleeves” learning.

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Comment on Measures of Excellence  by PB http://walterwendler.com/2018/02/measures-of-excellence/#comment-212322 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:01:59 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2709#comment-212322 Thank you, your example of the 2×4 reminded me of my father-in-law putting up siding on a shed years ago, he measured once and miss-cut, measured twice the next time and miss-cut again, measured three times and finally got it right…

I have to agree that while it is important to assess our work and progress using a variety of tools, many of the qualities that we should strive to hold on to in education and while interacting with our students, staff, and faculty are hard to quantify – kindness, understanding, honesty, integrity and a willingness to help.

Thanks for the insights, I have come to enjoy your posts.

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Comment on Small Communities, Big Dreams by JS http://walterwendler.com/2018/02/small-communities-big-dreams/#comment-212040 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:10:39 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2717#comment-212040 Astute examination of the benefits of the arts to rural America. This idea should energize our citizens as most already understand intrinsic benefits from arts and humanities. Once again Dr. Wendler you educate and inspire seamlessly, like an artist or a poet.
Jerry

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Comment on Small Communities, Big Dreams by BH http://walterwendler.com/2018/02/small-communities-big-dreams/#comment-211997 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:59:20 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2717#comment-211997 Like the loss of plant and animal species is symptomatic of narrow vision negatively impacting the greater society and the future of all people, ignoring the arts and humanities, especially in the heart of our beginnings – rural America – is symptomatic of narrow vision that also leads to decline in society with uncertain and likely large negative consequences.

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