The role of #EMchat--since the beginning--has been to provide a structured platform to discuss hot topics in higher education enrollment management. While each moderator has their (our) own opinions, we try to guide a conversation that is open to all sides of the topic. I'd like to think that we were successful in facilitating that last night.
Heated debates are fantastic. Twitter is a sounding board for professionals who are truly passionate about their careers and industry. #EMchat, #SAchat, #FAchat, #SCcrowd, #SCchat, #HESM -- These are all communities where you see thought leaders even more. And typically, you also see more divisive opinions. That's the world of education. That's how it is.
But here's what I took away from the chat last night. NO ONE is serving students or setting a positive example for young professionals when we place blame on a whole sector of an industry (both sides) instead of collaboratively working toward a goal.
You typically see conversations centered around professionalism and identity more in the #SAchat realm. We've never had an actual #EMchat on it. I like a debate. In fact, I love a debate. I work on Capitol Hill. What I don't like is name calling, generalizations about professionals (or anyone, really), or diminishing the role of someone--or group of people--with sweeping, juvenile statements. BOTH sides were guilty of this last night. Some people handled it well and some didn't.
Basically, that's not what #EMchat is about. We facilitate. We network. We learn from one another. I took away some great points from the chat last night, and I think there are topics that can definitely be expanded on in future chats. But I also took away a sick feeling that I somehow contributed to promulgating a highly negative conversation between two professional career tracks that I greatly value.
I'm sure we'll see more #SCcrowd and #SCchat chats on professional development opportunities for school counselors. We're discussing the EM career path with NACAC directly in December. I encourage everyone to check it out.
Here's a little background on the High School Counselor Challenge: