The Perkins Perspective
Volume 5, Issue 2
In this issue of the Perkins Perspective, a longtime college professor tells about the changes he's seen over the past 40 years that he's taught American Ethnic Literature.
You will also read about:
- The connection between health care and social justice.
- A future teacher hopes bridge any cultural divide in her classroom.
- How camels are participating in reconciliation in the Middle East.
This Issue's Features
Spanning 1973 to the present day, a college professor reflects on teaching ethnic studies. "Six graduating black students pose with me, telling me I am the token white," he writes.
"Pursuing reconciliation in the classroom involves a teacher’s willingness to adapt the classroom material and teaching styles to better fit her students," writes this future educator.
The (Sub)Urban Scene
"I grew up desiring to be a missionary far away ... I never imagined that there was a great need in our very own neighborhoods ..."
"According to Neighborcare Health’s 2011 Report to the Community, 69 percent of their patients live at or below the poverty level.”
The Glo(cal) Outlook
"As America prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving, missiles were flying over the desert between Gaza and Jerusalem. ... the people in this land are continually taking sides."
James Loewen, author of the best-seller Lies My Teacher Told Me, writes that this approach should especially be used when teaching history to younger students.
When a teacher doesn't understand ... the diversity in the classroom, students miss the chance to learn about those around them, hindering them from getting past divisions of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.