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A professor’s latest act to build trust with the single moms he teaches

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A professor’s latest act to build trust with the single moms he teaches.

According to WKRN, a local news station in Nashville, Tennessee, Bunkowske didn’t stop his lecture when a 2-year-old son of a student came up to him and asked to be held.

Without missing a beat, the professor picked the child up and continued to teach: As some who commented on the story pointed out, not only did Bunkowske help Osbon, but picking up the child, who would have been distracting if running around or fussing, helped keep the attention of the students on him, even if by way of the toddler. There are SO MANY times (in my very short stint so far) as a parent that I have thought about my situation and wondered what the heck a single parent would do. Engelberg, who often teaches about leadership, said his decision to allow children in his class allows him to teach his students lessons about single parenting and child care availability. “You can’t simply talk about them, you also have to act on them, and one of the ways that I’m able to act on them at least in the academic setting is by relating to the mothers — relating to those students who are unable to find alternative childcare arrangements in a way which enables them to remain engaged, which shows respect for their situation,” he told CNN. According to the Institute For Women’s Policy Research, there are more than 2 million single mothers attending college (which is almost four times the amount of single fathers who attend school). For most, college is a method for single mothers to try to lift themselves out of poverty and potentially find career success, according to a research paper from Women Employed, an organization that seeks to improve the economic status of women.

That means single moms can see a salary increase from about $22,000 a year (the average yearly income of a single mother high school graduate, according to Women Employed) to almost $40,000. “Because of community colleges’ relative accessibility, low cost, and wide array of courses, they are popular with single parents, who make up 13.9 percent of community college students,” the paper said. “Though single mothers comprise a significant segment of community college populations, schools often struggle to find — and fund — the right supports to serve them.” But between raising a child and paying for college, even community college can be a costly experience (the average tuition cost of community college is about $2,700, according to College Board). Fortunately, there are plenty of options that make returning to school a reality — from grants and scholarships (free money), work-study (earned money) to federal loans (borrowed money).” For example, the TRIO program, which includes both the Student Support Services and Education Opportunity Center programs, and the Carl D.

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