The Role of Cultural Introspection in College Teaching
Edited By Susan Diana Longerbeam and Alicia Fedelina Chávez
Chapter Three: NXSW: Cultural Legacies in Education
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Cultural Legacies in Education
MELISSA BIRKETT GREENE
Neuroscience and Behavior Northern Arizona University
Cultural legacies are powerful forces. They have deep roots and long lives. They persist, generation after generation, virtually intact, even as the economic and social and demographic conditions that spawned them have vanished, and they play such a role in directing attitudes and behavior that we cannot make sense of our world without them.
—GLADWELL, 2008, (p. 175)
One day, after lunch, next to the lockers in the hallway outside of Mrs. Simon’s fifth-grade classroom, Michelle Lawrence kicked me. Hard. I wasn’t sure why she did it, but I did what I thought was best in front the group of eleven-year-olds; I laughed and went out to recess. Six months later, Michelle and I shared a desk in Mrs. Anderson’s sixth-grade English class, our heads bent together on essays and vocabulary definitions. Twenty years later, we are casual Facebook friends.
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