Okay, maybe that title is a little too broad… Here’s one guidance counselor’s response to my offer of complementary services to students and their parents:
Earlier this morning:
Me: Hi! My name is Jill Greenbaum and I am following up on the email that I wrote to you earlier in the month. I offer coaching to teens in the college search process and presentations to parents about their roles in the lives or their teens. I was wondering if my services might be of use to families in _________.
Mr. (shall remain nameless): We actually find that rather insulting. We think we do a pretty good job here.
Me: Do you have students with special needs? Or parents with concerns?
Mr. __________ We have that covered.
Me: Oh! My work is not meant to be insulting, it complements that of guidance counselors. Thank you for your time.
Wow, wow, wow!
- The ratio of students to guidance counselors in the US 476:11
- One in five students delayed going to college due to inadequate counseling2
- In 2009, 120,00 high school seniors hired educational consultants3
- 48% of students felt they were “a face in the crowd” to guidance counselors2
- 38 minutes is the total average amount of time a guidance counselor spends per student discussing college admissions1
There are plenty more statistics… they are mostly disheartening.
1 American School Counselor’s Association
2 Public Agenda 2010 Survey of Effectiveness of High School Guidance Counselors