Latin@ Student Experiences of Race, Access, and Belonging at Predominantly White Universities
Chapter 6. “You See the Whole Tree, Not Just the Stump”
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Religious Fundamentalism, Capital, and Public Schooling
[Author’s Note: Portions of this chapter were originally accepted for publication in Curriculum Inquiry (Minikel-Lacocque 2015. “You See the Whole Tree, Not Just the Stump”: Religious Fundamentalism, Capital, and Public Schooling. Curriculum Inquiry Copyright © 2015. The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Wiley.]
You start connecting [things]. It’s like you see the whole tree, not just the stump. Here at CMU, education-wise, it’s really hard. They really want you to think in a different way. It’s like, ‘Make your own idea about it. I don’t want you to think what I’m telling you., It’s so hard because I’m so used to being told what I need to think. —Jasmine
A recent report by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) details its current vision for higher education in the U.S., titled, “Liberal Education and America’s Promise,” or “LEAP.” In this context, “liberal” is not a reference to political leanings; rather, it refers to the type of education described and promoted in the 2011 AAC&U report discussed here.
Taking into consideration the changing landscape of the global economy as well as input from employers, the AAC&U describes its “New Framework for Excellence” as,
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