It pains me to admit this, but I have taught community college writing courses since 1984! (To see a complete list of my academic and career credentials, please visit my LinkedIn page.) For many years now, my classrooms have been filled with a nice mixture of age groups, ranging from recent high school graduates (and even some co-enrolled in high school and college) to retirees. I bet you have noticed the same mixture of ages in your own workplaces. In my opinion, diversity of age is as important as diversity of any other demographic in the college classroom and in business, industry, and government. However, I have yet to see a college recruitment poster or a Human Resources announcement that actively encourages an age diverse workforce or college campus. It seems that age diversity is simply not as valued as other forms of diversity in business, education, or, for that matter, any walk of life.
Let’s change that …