Get the over 60 generation into degree-granting college programs, and don’t treat them as appendages to community life.
College-age students today have a 50 percent chance to live to 100, but our culture is not ready for the changes and opportunities it will bring. Especially in education.
yet our youth-oriented
yet our youth-orientedculture tends to push mature folks into the woodwork and, finally, shuffles them into the corners of society.
A force for change
A force for changeshould involve our universities, sometimes considered “the last bastion of age segregation.”
A British universities provide access to seniors through a variety of “third-age” programs to keep them actively learning and socially engaged — everything from salsa dancing and cooking classes to more serious courses.
A“third-age” education movement began in France in 1973 to stimulate gray panthers’ intellectual curiosity and to desegregate universities. It spread throughout Europe.
British universities provide access to seniors through a variety of “third-age” programs to keep them actively learning and socially engaged — everything from salsa dancing and cooking classes to more serious courses.
Perhaps no single country handles its graying students better than China. In 1983, the country opened its first school for the elderly; now more than 70,000 exist. They serve 3 million Chinese, or roughly 3 percent of the country’s over-65 population.
The lesson for us: mimic this engaging success, get the over-60 generation into degree-granting programs and don’t treat them as appendages to community life.
Some older Republicans tend to dislike colleges, finding them magnets for liberals with little appeal for the aged. They should reconsider and be the first to enroll.
Mixing college populations, young and old, brings many social benefits, not least of which is to depoliticize campuses, now rived by polarization. Not to mention a lot of interesting conversations and shared wisdom.
I’m developing study-abroad programs for “adults,” a tiny step, but a way to get them back into higher education. Learning is ageless and timeless.