Robert C. Thornett is a college and secondary educator and writer who has taught in seven countries. He has written in Education Next, Solutions Journal, American Affairs, Modern Diplomacy, Earth Island Journal, La Prensa of Panama, and Yale Environment 360. He currently lives in Panama.
At a time when ideologies and slogans often pull us away from the difficult task of finding realistic solutions and building a world together, the approach of these authors reveals the necessity of digging deep to confront the facts as they are and recognizing the complexity of challenging issues.
When I first started teaching at a community college, I had no idea of the types of non-traditional students I would meet. Their resilience and motivation made me wonder if a non-traditional route is actually better, at least for some.