An Ethics of Higher Education Responsibilities
Charlotte Achieng-Evensen, Janae Dimick, Ndindi Kitonga, Maryann Krikorian, Kevin Stockbridge and Barry Kanpol
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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