An Ethics of Higher Education Responsibilities
Charlotte Achieng-Evensen, Janae Dimick, Ndindi Kitonga, Maryann Krikorian, Kevin Stockbridge and Barry Kanpol
Chapter Six: Balancing Science with the Art of Higher Education: Ethical Dilemmas
Balancing Science WITH THE Art OF Higher Education: Ethical Dilemmas
People who write about education often remind us that the root meaning of to educate is to draw out and that the teacher’s task is not to fill the student with facts but to evoke the truth the student holds within. (Palmer, 1983)
My interest in pursuing higher education grew out of my past professional and personal experiences making me the weight of all my memories and all the beginnings ahead of me. That said, I would like to share with you a little about my background with consideration to my family’s upbringing. My mother was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States at the age of eleven to escape the country’s civil strife and left her entire family behind. Additionally, my father was born in Egypt and traveled to the United States as a political refuge at the age of seventeen. Both parents arrived in the United States with less than six dollars to build a new life in what they believed was the land of opportunity. My parents settled in Los Angeles, California, in an area plagued by poverty and lack of community resources. After working multiple occupations each, they were able to move to the suburbs in search of a better school system. They maintained vivid hopes of sending their children to college and dreamed their kids would experience a more vigorous...
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