The world as seem by my students

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Submitted by mydogsarelazy on March 16, 2007 - 12:24pm

I teach at a Community College, and whenever I have the chance I talk to my students about their plans and sometimes they open up and tell me about things going on in their lives. This semester, the sense of despair felt by many of my students is just profound.

The impact of the housing boom on them is that they just can imagine how they would ever get started in life -- economically speaking -- and they have a tremendous sense of going nowhere. I often advise my brightest students to think of ways they could get started elsewhere, by teaching English overseas or something of that sort.

When I tell them that housing will soon be crashing, that isn't much of a consolation, as we all realize that it will happen at the same time as a major recession or even depression.

This is not a good time to be young in California.

Your thoughts?