Educating the Education-indifferent: The “Why” and a Step Toward “How”

Individuals, who are under-educated, are more likely to be unemployed, under-employed and/or poor than their better educated counterparts. At an individual level, this under-educated condition makes demoralization and welfare-dependency more likely. At a societal level, this segment of the population is costly in terms of the goods, services, and support it requires – to say nothing of the “opportunity costs” of what they might have accomplished if only they had made different educational decisions.

Counseling efforts with the educationally-disengaged often entail encouraging them to do the right thing and take education seriously. We explain that more autonomy, financial security, and a more interesting world hang in the balance (which, of course, they often do). The problem with this approach is that people tend to disengage from those attempting to change them -– whether it is to become a non-smoker, a disciplined eater, a non-gambler, or someone who takes education seriously and embraces it over the alternative of “hanging out” at the mall and depending upon others for support. At Chesapeake Coaching the Motivational Interviewing approach helps clients identify and resolve ambivalence and provides them a face-saving way of doing school differently.

“People are generally better persuaded by reasons which they themselves discover, than those which have come into their mind by others.” – Blaise Pascal — The Pensées

About ajb

I am clinical psychologist and academic coach with more than twenty years of psychotherapy, academic coaching, and training experience. I operate from my base camp in the Chesapeake Bay Country of Tidewater Virginia. I have a long-term interest in the relationship among public policy, education, mental health, poverty, and change language.
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