I am currently in the process of reorganizing and updating this blog, but it is mostly a space for me to post commentary and reviews of articles and books of interest plus the occasional academic or professional musing. Topics you're likely to see include discussion of: anthropology, education (both research and teaching), public policy, race/ethnicity, class/socioeconomic status, gender, literacy/linguistics, and urban issues (primarily in the U.S. and Canada, but possibly elsewhere as well).
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Last month, while others who had just finished coursework were eagerly (or anxiously) awaiting their grades, I was eagerly (and a little anxiously) awaiting student course evaluations. I even checked the evaluations site every few days to see if they were available yet and then they finally were!
In working with college students on their writing (at various levels), I’ve found that many who struggle do so in similar ways. To help, in addition to the professor’s noted expectations, I wrote up a (hopefully at least partly entertaining) list of five key elements to keep in mind when writing an essay: 1) position/argument, 2) overall organization, 3) organized evidence, 4) sources as resources, and 5) counterarguments. Note that while this was initially written for public policy students, it likely applies well for most essay writing.
Are Certain Job Sectors in Need of “Talented” Job Seekers? (More than just a question of labor statistics!)
What is interesting here is not the article (many have stated similar analyses at various times over the past several years), but rather the comments to it (also not without common refrains, but important still for the presentation of counter-narratives). How can we gain a more nuanced understanding of job market dynamics? Are there any multi-level studies of both employers and potential (and possibly “let go”) employees? Ethnographies of job fair circuits? I know that geography is a part of this – e.g. people may find more work in their field if they move to another state or another city – but is that the crux of the rather divergent experiences? If so, are there organizations working to address this crucial dilemma, perhaps in a “Moving to Opportunity” for professionals and tradespersons sort of way?
Some responses theorize otherwise.
“The future isn’t written in the stars. There are no guarantees. So claim your adulthood. Be intentional. Get to work. Pick your family. Do the math. Make your own certainty. Dont be defined by what you didn’t know or didn’t do. — You are deciding your life right now.” ~Meg Jay, author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter – And How to Make the Most of It
The collected wisdom of a clinician and her clients is, in some ways, “common” and, in others, very much obscured in the contexts within which 20-somethings most often find themselves. I remember speaking with my mother once, worried about a friend, and I said, “It’s like she’s come to a fork in the road and, having decided that she doesn’t know which way to go, she has been encouraged to just sit there until knowledge somehow comes to her in order to provide a nudge in the right direction.” Jay does a great job of articulating the ways in which the wait-and-see approach just doesn’t work while showing methods for moving forward that really can work.
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