It’s Not Just Students Who Aren’t OK: Why We Need Trauma-Informed Leadership

In a recent conversation I had with faculty development professional and online educator Karen Costa, she told me, “I spend a lot of time talking to faculty about humanizing higher ed, about trauma-informed pedagogies, and I regularly hear, ‘Karen, can you tell this to my chair and my provost?’”But in his New York Times editorial, “My College Students Are Not OK,” educator and author of The End of Burnout: Why Work Drains Us and How to Build Better Lives Jon Malesic seems to double down on what could be called the opposite of Costa’s experience. Malesic calls for a return to nothing less that “rigorous” in-person learning because, he says, students have forgotten how to learn and require immediate course correction. Under the banner of reminding students how to learn again, he argues against extending pandemic accommodations, saying, “students, faculties, administrators, and the public at large—must insist on in-person classes and high expectations for fall 2022 and beyond.”

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