Learning from the West: What I’m missing from my liberal arts education

By Jagravi Dave   This began as a questioning of my hesitations. What was it about the education that I was receiving that made me so viscerally uncomfortable? It was a rejection I felt from somewhere within me: not a well-reasoned argument, but something instinctive and bodily. Why did it feel so strange for me to study these “classic” works, like those of Shakespeare? Was … Continue reading Learning from the West: What I’m missing from my liberal arts education

THE WHITE GIRL’S BURDEN

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By AURORA ROJER
Educational equality is a hot topic right now. Schools are failing, and everyone from Bill Gates to Rahm Emanuel has an answer for how to fix them. I went to public school for my entire K through 12 career so, naturally, I too have opinions on the myriad issues in this complicated system. Yet, again and again, the conversation boils down to one thing: bad teachers. Just look at Time Magazine’s most recent cover story: “Rotten Apples: The War on Teacher Tenure.” Sure, I had a few duds in my day, but the number of dedicated, intelligent, hardworking and even life-changing teachers far outnumbered the “dead weight.” Indeed, I felt so inspired by some of the teachers who opened my mind, pushed me to work harder and filled me with a love for learning, that I realized somewhere along the line that I would like to do the same for others. As an aspiring teacher, I have of course been asked repeatedly whether I plan on applying to Teach for America. My answer is no, and this is my reason why.
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