Category: Education/Family

An Uneven Playing Field

An Uneven Playing Field

Imagine yourself for a moment as a college student, seated around a seminar table with 19 classmates. If that room was on the University of Maine campus in Orono, nine of the students at...

‘We Want a Future’

‘We Want a Future’

A raw north wind and showers did not keep several hundred students from gathering at the Maine Youth Day of Action rally on Tuesday, standing resolutely outside the Statehouse with handmade signs and voicing...

Better Serving Students–and the World

Better Serving Students–and the World

“We can teach students what we know, of course, but that doesn’t take them very far now, does it?” – Professor Sha Xin Wei, director of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, Arizona...

The Unifying Power of Place

The Unifying Power of Place

There’s great comfort to being in a place where – even in solitude – you’re not alone. When no other humans are at my extended family’s rustic camp, I’m still surrounded. The picnic table,...

Sharing a Sense of Wonder

Sharing a Sense of Wonder

With all its fits and starts – unexpected April snows and fierce Nor’easters, spring has finally sprung. For southerly locales, the March equinox may herald the season’s arrival. But here, at least this year,...

Reining in Social Media

Reining in Social Media

Christmas came and went, and my youngest child did not get the one gift he most wanted. Despite his disappointment about not yet owning a smartphone, I don’t feel bad – not after reading...

Shedding Stuff

Shedding Stuff

The bitter winds of January blow in, bringing guilt over seasonal excesses and resolve to show greater restraint. It’s an apt time to consider the advice of a self-described “personal trainer for your stuff,”...

When Will Colleges Catch up to a Changing World?

When Will Colleges Catch up to a Changing World?

Watching a child embark on the college search process can be sobering (and not just in making one feel old!). It sparks reflection on how much higher education has changed, and how much it...