Veterans bring esprit, maturity to class

Military veterans contribute to the classroom because of their esprit de corps, maturity and wide-ranging experiences, writes Meredith Martin, who teaches history at Collin College in Texas.

Veterans prefer structured classes with clear goals, Martin writes.  They respect instructors and “appreciate mutual respect for dissenting opinions and professors’ unbiased approach to topics, such as political issues.”

Student veterans who’ve served around the world have developed maturity,  understanding and global awareness that traditional-age students lack.

Student veterans have a different opinion of global affairs, foreign policy, government and issues of entitlement than their traditionally aged peers. They have been in some of the poorest nations in the world, and they can explain to younger students why they may not have it as bad as they think they do.

Vets take responsibility, follow through and help others, she adds. Their “high expectations, respect, experience, commitment ethic and the ability to perform well under pressure” serve them well in the classroom and will serve them well in their future careers.

Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland reaches out to military veterans, reports Community College Week.

California community colleges also are working to ease veterans’ transition to the workforce.



POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs
ON November 16, 2011

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