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The Critical Graduate Experience

An Ethics of Higher Education Responsibilities


Charlotte Achieng-Evensen, Janae Dimick, Ndindi Kitonga, Maryann Krikorian, Kevin Stockbridge and Barry Kanpol

The Critical Graduate Experience is a collection of scholarly reflections on the possibilities of a new vision for critical studies. It is a remarkable book that provides daring analyses from the vantage of the graduate student experience. Drawing from individual knowledge and research, the authors invite you to re-imagine education for justice. Barry Kanpol opens the work with a brilliant meditation on joy and cynicism in university classrooms and educational theory. The book continues to unfold as an open and honest conversation with doctoral students and recent graduates concerning the ethics of higher education. In a true critical approach, each chapter problematizes a new facet of academic assumptions and practices as they touch the lives of students. The authors explore the ethical implications of acknowledging student spirituality and expanding the role of critical education studies. The book concludes with a transparent self-critique on the process and ethics of graduate students writing for publication. This is a wonderful text, guiding students and professors as they enter into dialogue on the ethics of an authentic critical education studies. Classes on practical ethics, educational spirituality, student voice, collaborative publishing, and critical pedagogy could benefit from the insights offered here. Daring to believe that student experience and knowledge have a place in the world of academic publishing, this book is both a prophetic proclamation of and humble invitation to a new future in the field.
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Chapter Two: A Critical Resurrection: Breathing the Spirit into an Education of Despair



A Critical Resurrection: Breathing THE Spirit INTO AN Education OF Despair


I remember how my love for education was gently nurtured through the shared wisdom of my paternal grandmother. Fay Stockbridge was one of the finest educators that I have ever met. She was always telling stories and encouraging her grandchildren to do the same. As springtime arrives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the weather is perfect for little kids to go outside and play games barefoot on the fresh soft grass. It was in this season, a time of growing and birthing, that my grandmother often did her greatest work in fostering hearts and minds that craved knowledge. Sitting on her swing in the middle of the yard as my cousins and I played, she would talk to us about everything that we were encountering in nature. Our minds were constantly engaged in the growing sense of wonder that she developed in us. We would gather pecans that had fallen from her trees and bring them to her to inquire how we could decipher which ones were not too rotten to eat. Sometimes we would climb up into her little stand of banana trees to search for fruit. My grandmother would watch us play and then call us to her on the swing to tell us stories. Not purely fanciful stories, however. She would weave that kind of Southern folklore that somehow connected the empirical world with a greater...

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