Sometimes 'Hand-Holding' Can Be a Good Thing

Sometimes ‘Hand-Holding’
Can Be a Good Thing 1

Jon Krause for The Chronicle

We’ve all heard professors grumble that students shouldn’t need to have their hands held as they navigate the perilous shoals of freshman year. "I did it without coddling," these professors boast to their colleagues. "Let them sink or swim on their own."

To my lasting shame, I once found myself saying the exact same thing. But when my own two daughters attended college, I quickly re-evaluated my attitude. There are excellent reasons a good