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The Power in Coming Together
One instance involved the issue of
sexual preference. Students were asked
to step back and think about whether
their views reflected broad-based
ethical considerations or specific social
conventions. “It was important to keep
touching upon these differences throughout
the course, which worked really well.”
Hunt’s new unit, which was offered in one
2.5-hour session, aimed to help senior
biology majors understand evolution from
within the discipline, in order to initiate
the uninitiated into this professional
world. His underlying premise was that
a scientist or a science teacher should be
prepared to morally defend science for
what it rightly does and can do when
challenged by alternative theories whose
methods differ, such as creation science
or intelligent design. Because time ran out
before Hunt was able to present the heart
of his new materials, he fell short of his
expectations. But reflecting with FLC peers
on the challenges, he was confident of how
to adjust his design next time.
Farah’s efforts sought to help choral
performers recognize why the context in
which a musical piece is written matters to
a professional performance. By grounding
the choir in the historical and artistic
background of the Negro spiritual “Wade
in the Water,” Farah showed them that this
level of performance transcends boundaries
of the singer’s own race, culture, religion,
or nationality.
“We learned about compounding
pharmacy from a traditionally trained
pharmacist who later shifted because it really
is the root of true pharmaceutical practice:
one-size-fits all doesn’t work.” - Judy Myers