You read this new student retention book at your own risk. Why, you may ask?
This new student book is like a mirror. Reading it might make you examine and think critically about the work you do and the way you do it. In other words, this book might cause you to see whether you are hiding or leading in adult education.
Are you ready to face the truth?
What this new student retention book does to folks who read it
If you decide to read this new student retention book, here’s what will happen to you. It will make you:
1- Examine the stories you tell yourself about why learners are not staying in class
2- Think deeper about your calling in adult education — or why you are in the field
3- Examine if you are keeping your promises to the population you seek to serve
3- See if you are preparing learners for real world or meeting their real learning needs
4- Face the true reality of student retention and therefore see the issue through different eyes
5- Examine your role in keeping learners coming back (to class ) for more
7- See whether you are reinforcing the status quo (compliance testing) or teaching for real change (salable skills and competencies that learners really need)
8- Reevaluate whatever excuses that prevent you from being the leader that your learners trust and want to follow to end of the earth
9- See If you are teaching average classes or average lessons for average learners
10- Understand your best work is for the learners you signed up to serve and lead
11-Question and examine the quality of your interventions as an adult-ed professional
12- See why your learners desperately need your best work and count on you to get them closer to their dreams
Like Brad Henry put it, “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” In other words, good adult-ed teachers lead.
Now, let me ask you this, "Are you leading?" Or "do you want to lead your learners to real change?" If you do, feel free to get a copy of the new student retention book; otherwise, this book is not for you.