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Smart Talk: School counselors observations on educations and college

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 23, 2015 6:33 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, March 23, 2015:

In most discussions of education in the school setting, the focus is on teachers and maybe principals.  We don't often hear about others involved in educating young people.

School counselors for example.  The days of students visiting the guidance office only when they're planning to apply to college are over.  Today's counselors perform many tasks that can put them in daily contact with students.

So what do counselors do and why are their duties important in the education experience?

On Monday's Smart Talk, we'll hear from several school counselors about today's education, the challenges they face, the changes they've observed, what works and what can be improved.

Appearing on the program are: 

Dr. Eric Bierker, School Counselor, Northeastern High School

Lisa Fulton, Incoming president of Pennsylvania School Counseling Association, School Counselor Elco Middle School

Emilia Peiffer, President, Pennsylvania School Counseling Association, East Allegheny High School

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Eric Bierker and Lisa Fulton

For more information on Dr. Bierker's book (mentioned on air) click here.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-23 08:19

    Cynthia emails:

    My son is currently a high school junior, and he is a student athlete. We are currently looking at different colleges and this process is very overwhelming. We have looked at a number of college ranking systems, but I am not sure how much faith to put in these reports. Could the counselors tell me how much I should let these rankings determine where my son should apply? He is an honor student.

  • Lisa img 2015-03-23 08:23

    I wish your guest would quit saying ivy league is for high achievers as if only high achievers go to ivy league schools and anyone who doesn't go to an ivy league school is not a high achiever. This just perpetuates the myth of students at ivy league being better/smarter than everyone else. The truth about ivy league is that it has much much much more to do about the money. If you are born financially advantaged then you are much more likely to attend an ivy league school no matter how smart or stupid you are.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-23 08:46

    Leigh-Ann writes:

    Just a note - please remind your listeners that the college choice, while important, is not final. A student who finds him or herself in a school that isn't a good fit, can transfer. It's best if they can stick out the semester, or year, but if the school is not right for them, there are options!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-23 08:56

    A listener emails:

    I haven't heard the use of parents as a counseling resource, is a career guidance resource has a speaker to students. Why? Hey, many times, know more then the counselors about careers.

  • Marlene Kanuck img 2015-03-23 20:06

    When my son was looking at colleges - I told him to apply where he felt he could receive the best education in the fields he was interested in which was medicine and law and then we would compare which college could offer the best financial package (read single mon with no help from dad). The colleges were out of what I could afford but I was confident that help would be offered. All colleges were highly rated liberal arts colleges in PA. He graduated 4 years later from F&M that offered him more then half of his tuition as a financial scholarship. Don't be afraid to try for what you might think is financially out of your reach. Oh, my son- he put himself through law school and was accepted by both the Navy and Air Foce as a JAG.