I think I related more to the readings from the standpoint of my experiences, but recognize the extension to my current and future students too. We have a responsibility to educate, but also to ensure the holistic person is cultivated as well. As an undergraduate at Rensselaer, we had a series of required courses called the “professional development series” which were made as a reaction to GE contacting the school to say “we love you’re engineers, they’re great engineers, but they’re terrible people.” RPI was great at teaching us how to engineer, but functioning in a corporate environment, being social, or even just delivering a presentation properly were alien concepts to far too many RPI students. Our students are and have to be treated as people too.
I have seen students of my own who suddenly change part way through a semester, suddenly never appearing in the classroom, turning in assignments late, etc. by all academic metrics they should be disregarded and graded down but its clear this is abnormal. Often times the students don’t realize there are resources available to them in their varying situations, and once they get some sort of help they get back on track.
Like the professional development series, students need to be educated on how to function beyond their degree program. Even many grad students need help in maintaining the whole person through their program, but faculty too driven by their own needs often push students too far.
As educators we should be able to stand out from the masses if we keep in mind that our students, both graduate and undergraduate are people, and we have a responsibility to keep that in mind and support them in all aspects, not just educationally.