Why do we make or do what we do? Why do we do it in the way we do? The energy, the emotion, the calling, the “must-ness” of our work: that’s the WHY. Why teach? Why learn? This is our starting point: WHY?
“Critical Thinking” is a desideratum. As is “Diversity.” As is “Community.” I learned long ago that the terms by which an institution defines itself publicly, when interrogated honestly, reveal exactly what the institution is not. Often the terms don’t even describe the true desire or goal of the institution. Beware of the institution of higher learning that claims Teaching as a high priority. Look at the budget. It’s not where the money goes. It’s not where excellence is recognized. It’s not how professors are critically assessed or professionally nurtured. Often the parents’ or students’ or CFO’s pleasure is the defining priority. Beware […]