As long as we treated local communities with respect, owned up to the limited difference we made, and did not pretend to be doctors, maybe we offered a sense of legitimacy that benefited all parties involved.
For us all, coming from diverse life paths that lead to taking The Human Condition at Lee College, it was incredibly difficult to talk about ideas and feelings. Nonetheless, we knew at the end of the course, some for the first time, that there is a certain value to education that can’t be captured by marketable college degrees, accelerated curricula, or Core Curriculum checkboxes.
Should a boy show weakness, readily seek support, or even demonstrate intellectual curiosity too often, he may face criticism from parents or teachers and ridicule from classmates. Men have learned to put on a mask to avoid criticism, ridicule, and outright shame.