I wish more instructors shared your viewpoint. Research may be an obligation and a priority, but some instructors forget that their role in the classroom is just as important if not more. I hope you will continue to promote critical thinking in your classroom because it is something that is lacking in the education system.
Luisa, your post reminded me of Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”. It easy to ignore issues rather than address them. To address these issues would mean that we would destroy our perception of joy and happiness. Being a bystander only perpetuates a cycle that does not model good examples for future leaders.
Agreed! Since we have been conditioned to be talked AT I feel like students often lack critical thinking skills. When someone opens up the conversation to critique current events and responses from the public, work place, or institution; it often falls on deaf ears. Why are people so hesitant to engage in this dialogue and how can this be rectified?
Thanks for the post, Hana. You are right, actually. Before solving some diversity-related problems in education, we should start to think that issue broader, based societal factors. Before convincing society to accept diverse groups, we can not provide a comfortable and safe environment in educational settings.
Good afternoon Arash,
It is so important to include the “us” in every conversation! I truly believe interdisciplinary is important for broadening themes and creating innovation…..something that is desperately needed at an R1 institute!
Good afternoon Whitney,
I kind of just giggled reading to myself! I literally got up this morning at 4AM to write a 12 page paper and prepare a presentation for said paper. I got a 94% on the presentation and we’ll see about the grade for the paper! LOL! Thanks for always bringing the real story to the table and opening up avenues for discussion!
Good afternoon Selva,
You are so correct in your post! I enjoyed reading about how graduation doesn’t humanize us. It’s up to each of us to take what we can from the situations we are exposed to and make the best of them!
Yeah I agree this is an interesting take. We are producers of knowledge and not mechanisms liken a cog and a wheel. Individuals have problematic tendencies but they should be embraced.
I really enjoyed reading this. As someone in the college of liberal arts I enjoy having these kind of conversations with people outside my field. I believe that we should have these sorts of conversations in an academic environment at least once a week. Expanding across fields is important to continued education.
Understanding human and human condition is such an important point you discussed, I really like your example Neda! Unfortunately in real world not only it might not taken it into account but also might get avoided intentionally.