I thought that the article below was thought provoking. At the college level internships, practicum’s, and volunteer work has been an important aspect of a college education. When I was a professor we required all of the psychology majors to do a supervised practicum and met weekly in a class setting to discuss mental health law, ethics, career options, etc. Upon college graduation the practicum experience opened doors to jobs and graduate school for our students.
I was fortunate enough to grow up on a farm and have plenty of opportunities to explore adult work and experiences. By the time I graduated from HS I had paid off a number of bank loans (to purchase cattle, cars, etc) and had a savings and checking account. My sense is that many HS students today do not have an opportunity to explore adulthood a step at a time.
I see a lot of time, resources and energy put into HS sports.
What could we in ASPIRE do to encourage our students to explore their interests and talents in community service, part-time work, etc?
What are your thoughts or suggestions?
George A. Letchworth, Ph.D.