Monthly Archives: August 2012

NACADA Journal Reviews 10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College

Award-winning college professor and adviser Bill Coplin lays down the essential skills students need to survive and succeed in today’s job market, based on his extensive interviews with employers, recruiters, HR specialists, and employed college grads. Going beyond test scores and GPAs, Coplin teaches students how to maximize their college experience by focusing on ten crucial skill groups: Work Ethic, Physical Performance, Speaking, Writing, Teamwork, Influencing People, Research, Number Crunching, Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving.

The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Journal recently reviewed Coplin’s 10 Things Employers Want  You to Learn in College:

 In today’s economy, is college really worth its cost and time? For any academic advisor who has heard these words from puzzled students questioning higher education’s legitimacy, there is a now a relevant resource: Bill Coplin’s newly revised edition of 10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College. Coplin provides students with copious amounts of evidence that college is an unparalleled learning experience Continue reading

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Jonathan Kozol’s Thoughts on “The Other America” in SLJ

Jonathan Kozol is the National Book Award-winning author of Savage Inequalities, Death at an Early Age, The Shame of the Nation, Amazing Grace, and his newest work, Fire in the Ashes.  He has been working with children in inner-city schools for nearly fifty years. Kozol recently published an article in the August edition of School Library Journal and shared his thoughts on “giving our poorest children the same opportunities as our richest.” In Fire in the Ashes, he returns to Mott Haven, the poorest section of the South Bronx,  to answer the heavy question of why some students succeed despite poverty while others were unable to prevail against the obstacles they faced.

I wanted to answer the questions many readers ask: What happened to these children? How many have survived? And, among the ones who did survive, what were the ingredients of character—and what were the opportunities provided by their schools—that made it possible for them to win some glorious and unexpected victories?

Not surprisingly, easy access to good books—and, more to the point, a plentitude of books to satisfy the curiosities and stir the latent interests of the very wide variety of children that I met—turned out to be decisive. And this, of course, is where libraries come in.

In my new book, Fire in the Ashes, I catch up with all those kids, Continue reading

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Author Eboo Patel on Interfaith Activism and Pluralism

In the decade following the attacks of 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims has increased rather than subsided. In this timely new book, author, activist, and presidential advisor Eboo Patel says this prejudice is not just a problem for Muslims but also a challenge to the very idea of America. Sacred Ground shows readers that Americans from George Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. have been “interfaith leaders,” and it illustrates how the forces of pluralism in America have time and again defeated the forces of prejudice.

Read Patel’s message to all educators and students:

College changed me, and it made me want to change the world – especially regarding diversity. I entered as a freshman embarrassed by my brown skin, my strange name, and my mother’s food. I exited with a vision of a nation where people from diverse backgrounds live in equal dignity and mutually loyalty.

Sacred Ground is my Muslim eyes on the American project. The book highlights a dimension of America’s diversity that receives far too little attention Continue reading

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