Wendler: The other education: engagement, sense of family – Opinion – Austin American-Statesman

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Eighth in a series on the reopening of West Texas A&M University in the midst of COVID-19.)

A recent NICHE study found after surveying 20,000 students, 78% said in-person classes were appealing, and 29% found online courses appealing. The findings could be challenged as the survey took place coinciding with the COVID-19 induced explosion of online coursework with no “settling in” time. We see a different world as Labor Day approaches.

It is abundantly clear, however, that students seek peer engagement and varied college-level experiences. This is sometimes referred to as “the other education.” David Brooks’ 2009 New York Times editorial pointed out the nuances of formal, classroom education and the life-situating experiences occurring alongside of that during the university years. His personal story shares the impact of Bruce Springsteen as a “second education.” I call it “The Other Education.”

Brooks’ credit to “The Boss” is a moot

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