Students, poverty, and being home for the holidays

This Washington Post piece describes the disconnect between life at an elite college and life back at home for a student from an economically distressed family.  
Many students at teaching-intensive colleges and universities return home between semesters to  circumstances very different from their lives on campus.  But some of our commuter students live every day in such circumstances, too.  One of my colleagues forwarded me an email last week from a student who apologized for not coming to class. She could not afford gas to drive to campus.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s